Sergio Ramos posted a attractive Instagram message after Spain lost to Russian Federation

David Silva

But Putin's decision not to personally attend Russia's first World Cup knockout game in the post-Soviet era fed suspicions that the Kremlin believed the team would lose.

We were hoping for penalties.

Spain's World Cup roller-coaster ride finally ground to a halt on Sunday and the finger-pointing began after their third consecutive failure at a major tournament. In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

The Spanish playmaker came off the bench against Russia in the second half (67') and converted the first penalty for Spain before seeing his team losing 3-4 after heroic performance from Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev who save 2 penalties.

It was a very hard and physical match.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the last penalty shot by Spain's Iago Aspas during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2018. I've already said it a lot of times.

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta called time on his remarkable worldwide career after his team's surprise World Cup exit at the hands of hosts Russian Federation on Sunday.

His place in Roja folklore was assured in 2010 upon hitting the winning goal in the World Cup final against Netherlands, while he also lifted European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012.

Spain had taken the lead when Marco Asensio's curling free-kick into the six-yard area hit the ankle of Sergei Ignashevich, who was marking Sergio Ramos, and flew into the net.

Naturally, the world was shocked by this upset, with some of the best reactions coming at Spain's expense.

"The reality is that this was my last match with the national team", the 34-year-old Iniesta said. "We left our pride and soul out there". "A group that has a big ambition to triumph and that is why I am happy about everything".

"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".

Russian fans are daring to dream their team could win the World Cup.

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