Vladimir Putin congratulates Russian Federation while King Felipe consoles Spain

Eloise Marshall
July 2, 2018

"It is not easy, it is more complicated than it seems, but the national team will continue".

"Today there is pain, as we have been eliminated", Rubiales said.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has dedicated his side's dramatic victory over Denmark in the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation to Croatian fans all over the world.

Goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev saved two spot kicks, as Russian Federation came out on top 4-3 in the penalty shootout.

"Thank God, we were lucky, that's it", said the keeper, who like his counterpart at the other end, David de Gea, had very little to break sweat over for the preceding 120 minutes.

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

"We were hoping for penalties and that's what happened".

Iniesta lost just 15 games with Spain, winning 96 and drawing 15, and scored 13 goals.

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The 33-year-old made his only save in the 54th minute, spilling Christian Eriksen's free-kick before pouncing on the loose ball. France , who has been unbeaten till now in the tournament, defeated Australia by 2-1 and Peru by 1-0 earlier.

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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.

"He said that under Cherchesov's leadership, our guys have already accomplished the impossible - made it out of the group", said Peskov.

True enough, Gerard Pique was the latest to experience a brain fade when he inexplicably raised his left arm to block Artem Dzyuba's 38th-minute header from Alexander Samedov's corner.

Naturally, the world was shocked by this upset, with some of the best reactions coming at Spain's expense. "Lopetegui's work. We went 23, 24 matches without having loss. but we didn't accept it how it is".

It was a pity that the last match of Andres Iniesta, who later confirmed his global retirement, in the end became little more than a footnote. "I'm sure all of Spain are proud of us".

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

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