History maker Andres Iniesta confirms Spain retirement after Russian Federation defeat

History maker Andres Iniesta confirms Spain retirement after Russian Federation defeat

History maker Andres Iniesta confirms Spain retirement after Russian Federation defeat

Following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of play, Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke and Iago Aspas' penalties as Russian Federation emerged 4-3 winners in the shoot-out lottery.

The odds on England winning the World Cup for a second time were immediately cut from 6-1 to 5-1 after Russia's victory, making them third favourites behind France (7-2) and Brazil (4-1) with bookmaker William Hill. It was the first match of the tournament to go to penalty kicks.

When Spain took the lead against Russian Federation through a Sergei Ignashevich own goal in the 12th minute, it was presumed they would ease to a comfortable victory to book their place in the quarter-finals.

In the end he needed only four after Akinfeev's heroics completed one of the all-time great World Cup backs-to-the-wall performances and sent Russian Federation into the quarter-finals.

Spain became the first team since at least 1966 to make over 1,000 passes in a World Cup game, but created very few clear chances over the 120 minutes.

We were hoping for penalties.

The 32-year-old Spaniard - who won the World Cup in 2010 - posted on social media late on Sunday night.

Following the loss Iniesta said to the reporters: "It's a reality that is my last game with the national team". The Vatreni were back on level terms soon afer through Mario Mandzukic, but neither side was unable to land a decisive blow before the end of the 90 minutes. I can safely say that we can all look each other in the eye.

The famous Man United and Danish keeper Peter Schmeichel took a break from his coverage of the FIFA World Cup on RT to watch his son perform magic on the pitch against Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod. I've already said it a lot of times.

Koke and Iago Aspas then both failed in the shoot-out, marking a disappointing end to the midfielder's glorious Spain career.

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