Spanish Superstar Quits International Football After Russia Defeat

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"I believe I've been lucky to be able to live one of the best eras of Spanish football, with a generation of players who have been and are exceptional in every sense".

The holographic image on the 100-ruble note, which celebrates the 2018 Fifa World Cup, shows a player kicking the ball in a similar fashion to Akinfeev.

The journey that started with an embarrassing coaching change before the tournament ended with the downfall of the "tiki-taka" style that was crucial to La Roja's triumph not too long ago.

Sergio Ramos forced an own goal early on, but the hosts found a way back into the tie by a penalty late in the first-half. However, there is no time to rest as Russia's team will have a match with the Croatia's national team, who has beat Denmark after penalty shootout win on the same day when Spain was knocked out of the World Cup.

"I don't regret the decision taken with Lopetegui because it was done with conviction and values that aren't influenced by subsequent results", he said in quotes reported by the Spanish press.

Things looked like they might click into place for La Furia Roja after being matched up with the tournament hosts in the last 16, with Russian Federation odds on to be dumped out by a side packed with Barcelona and Real Madrid stars.

Andres Iniesta admits it's not the global farewell he wanted.

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"To all, thank you for making me a better team-mate and football player".

And Fabregas said that undoubtedly, the sack would have had an impact on the players.

Iniesta, who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, had already hinted this would be his final tournament with the national team, and he confirmed his retirement after the last-16 match in Moscow.

The team's reserve goalkeepers at the World Cup were veteran Pepe Reina and youngster Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Iniesta surprisingly began Sunday's match on the bench but made an immediate impact after replacing David Silva in the 67th minute with his one-touch passing and clever runs into space.

"But I have no complaints against anybody", Hierro said.

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