Iniesta retirement: Spain star calls time on worldwide career after penalty heartbreak

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Russia's penalty shootout hero, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, thanked God, luck and the Luzhniki Stadium crowd for bringing the hosts home safely against Spain on Sunday to reach their first World Cup quarter-final since 1970.

"It's true that this is my last game", Iniesta said, speaking after Spain's elimination. The coach takes decisions whether you agree with them or not.

"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate".

"I just feel emptied out, " Akinfeev said.

Russian Federation are into the last eight of the World Cup for the first time in 48 years, since a quarterfinal appearance in Mexico in 1970 as Soviet Union.

Fernando Hierro & Co were shocked by hosts Russian Federation in Moscow, losing 5-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1.

There have been 48 Spanish players who have scored on the biggest stage for the national team and it's David Villa who has found the net the most with his tally of nine goals from 2006 to 2014.

As their paths crossed, Ramos got close to the face of the Russian, who is fluent in Spanish, and said something sure to be unpleasant in a bid to steal his focus.

Russian Federation certainly seem to fear no one and are marching on in this World Cup, proving along the way that they are both adaptable and hard to beat.

Backed at a high of [30.0], England are now trading at just [7.0] to win the World Cup, and they are the only nation from the first four in the betting that are in their side of the draw. "The national team will push ahead because it still has players of quality and that's what they need to try". "Now we're in 2018, and many things have changed".

Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time.

"Penalties are a lottery - and we lost today, but I am very proud of these players as captain".

His defensive partner Sergio Ramos, who plays for Barcelona's rivals Real Madrid, has always stood by the centre-back's inclusion in the Spain side. "We can not change anything now".

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