Spain's Andres Iniesta retires from worldwide football following World Cup exit

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russian Federation.

"Let us say this openly, they are better than us in many ways, " he said.

Russian Federation is staging its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14. In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

Iniesta was a second-half substitute as the Spanish went on to lose 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after it ended 1-1 after extra time.

"It's very hard", Ramos said, as per ESPN.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia defeated Spain 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will face the victor in the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark that is to be played later in the day in Nizhny Novgorod.

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

It was the fifth time in a row a World Cup host nation has won a penalty shootout, Federation Internationale de Football Association said.

The 34-year-old was a vital cog in the Spanish machine as they dominated world football across a period of six years, winning two European Championships and securing a World Cup triumph in 2010.

Andres Iniesta, the elegant midfielder who was a symbol of Spain's golden generation, retired from worldwide soccer following the team's loss to Russian Federation in a penalty shootout at the World Cup on Sunday.

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

"It's reality that today has been my last match for the national team", he told reporters. The Vatreni were back on level terms soon afer through Mario Mandzukic, but neither side was unable to land a decisive blow before the end of the 90 minutes. You asked me about the same thing after the last game we won and I said the same thing, we have started a journey and now we have to continue on it with calmly and responsibly. "We left our pride and soul out there".

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