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

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The most wide open World Cup for decades continues to spring surprises with Sunday's elimination of Spain being the latest headline grabber.

"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.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves the last penalty shot by Spain's Iago Aspas during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2018.

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

Today's dramatic penalty shootout victory for tournament hosts Russian Federation over Spain has paved the way for one of the most open sides of the draw in recent World Cup memory.

Home supporters with red-white-and-blue wigs and painted faces seemed prepared for an unhappy ending out of Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky, especially after Marco Asensio's free kick ricocheted off a calf of defender Sergei Ignashevich in the 12th minute and past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev for an own goal.

Iniesta made a total of 133 appearances for La Roja, winning two European Championships and one World Cup title.

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Spanish captain Sergio Ramos is comforted after their World Cup exit.

But Gerard Pique's penalty put the Russian's back in the match.

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.

Following the loss Iniesta said to the reporters: "It's a reality that is my last game with the national team".

Iniesta was later subbed on and also scored during the penalty shootout, but his fairy-tale finish to an illustrious Spain career wasn't to be.

"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.

"We have been the better team and we leave with the feeling that we have been eliminated by an opponent who had not played at our level", Rubiales said.

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