Spain Head Coach Says Not Thinking About Own Future After Russia Loss

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"It is more complicated than what it seems".

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

But Schmeichel made a smart save to keep the 1-1 stalemate intact through two hours of at times pedestrian football.

Igor Akinfeev saved two spot-kicks as hosts Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals after their last-16 tie had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.

It was a very hard and physical match.

Putin was unable to attend the game against Spain at Russia's flagship Luzhniki stadium in Moscow because of his busy schedule, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency, adding Putin watched the game remotely.

Both Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales and coach Fernando Hierro said they had no regrets about the last-minute coaching change that preceded their World Cup despite their second-round exit at the hands of hosts Russia on Sunday. A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger. It was the first match of the tournament to go to penalty kicks.


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

Iniesta's last involvement with the Spanish side came today in the side's disappointing performance against World Cup hosts Russian Federation, where Spain went out via a penalty shootout in the round of 16.

The former Manchester United centre-half has won everything there is to win and retires with one European Championship and one World Cup to his name. Instead, Artem Dzyuba levelled the scores from the penalty spot before half-time as La Roja were continually frustrated in their attempts to break down the hosts' well-manned rearguard.

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.

"It's a reality that this is my last game with the national team, on a wonderful stage", Iniesta told reporters after the defeat. "We left our pride and soul out there". And then we drew Spain, I thought everything would end.

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

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