'That's Life' Says Andres Iniesta After Spain Farewell Ends In Defeat

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But the Spaniards just seem to revert to their pre-2008 frustrating selves - full of ability but no end product as they kept up a freakish record of nine losses to World Cup and European Championship hosts since 1934.

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

President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov over the phone for his side's World Cup win over Spain, who were consoled at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by King Felipe VI.

Following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of play, Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke and Iago Aspas' penalties as Russian Federation emerged 4-3 winners in the shoot-out lottery.

Just before the end of extra time, Spain asked for a penalty but after the referee consulted with VAR they rejected the Spanish appeals.

Preparing for their first major tournament shootout, it looked as if coach Stanislav Cherchesov might struggle to find five men with enough energy left to take a penalty.

After the match went back and forth into extra time, Russian goalie Igor Akinfeev came up huge with two saves in penalties, denying Spain its chance to another World Cup title.

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With 131 appearances, Iniesta was Spain's fourth-most-capped player, behind Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi Hernandez.

A young Russia fan holds the national flag at the Red Square in Moscow on July 1, 2018, after Russia won the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match against Spain.

Ramos had a role in Spain's opening goal as Sergei Ignashevich converted into his own net trying to mark the Spaniard.

"It's true that this is my last game", Iniesta said, speaking after Spain's elimination. "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase".

"Honestly, before the tournament I had very low expectations, everyone was just hoping to God that we would get out of the group stage".

"I was frustrated after the injury, but I've been doing a lot of work to make sure I'm back so I can make a contribution to the team", the Tottenham midfielder said.

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

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