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Cesc Fabregas "speechless" as Spain exit 2018 World Cup

02 July, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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"Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances".

Iniesta started Sunday's last-16 game on the bench as coach Fernando Hierro opted to rest the Barcelona legend.

"It is a reality that is my last match with the national team - at an individual level a wonderful stage is over".

Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next worldwide tournaments.

Their feat emulated that of neighbours North Korea 36 years earlier, when Italy were reduced to 10 men due to an injury to Giacomo Bulgarelli and Pak Doo-Ik scored to knock Edmondo Fabbri's dominant side out of the 1966 World Cup.

From 1950 to 1978 there was something of a goal drought for Spain at the biggest worldwide tournament with only two coming in 1962 in Chile and four in England's tournament held in 1966.

Russian Federation will face either Croatia or Denmark, who were meeting later on Sunday, in Sochi on July 7.


"Like the entire country, Putin watched the game from the very beginning to the very end and supported the team", Peskov said.

But few World Cup shocks have reverberated quite like that which befell 2014 hosts Brazil, who were demolished 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of their home tournament as Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Andre Schurrle all got their names on the scoresheet in a spectacular rout in Belo Horizonte that left a nation distraught. He also noted that thanks to Chechresov the team has made the impossible making it to the playoffs. It was not to be.

Spain had a loud claim for a penalty late in extra time, with both Ramos and Pique appearing to be pulled back during a set piece, although referee Bjorn Kuipers did not see a foul even after consulting the video assistant referee system.

"We could not do more - we gave everything". In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

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

Russian Federation and Spain finished extra time with the score at 1-1. "VAR is there to help, and the referee did not whistle it".

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