Sergio Ramos posted a lovely Instagram message after Spain lost to Russian Federation

02 July, 2018, 06:59 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Russia players pose for a team group

Argentina and Portugal's eliminations from the World Cup on Saturday has led to much talk over the global futures of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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

Hierro was rushed into the post after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked for failing to tell his federation about his move to Real Madrid after the tournament, having already extended his contract to coach Spain. In extra-time we did everything, again - kept the ball.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said Russia's game plan had been to hold on for a penalty shootout after the host nation beat Spain on spot-kicks on Sunday (Jul 1) to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

"It's very hard", Ramos said.

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.

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

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three penalties to seal the match against Denmark, which ended in a 1-1 draw before the 3-2 shootout victory.




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.

Now 2010 champions Spain have followed these favourites out of the World Cup revolving door after they were stunned by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 in front of 78,011 fans at the Luzhniki Stadium yesterday.

True enough, Gerard Pique was the latest to experience a brain fade when he inexplicably raised his left arm to block Artem Dzyuba's 38th-minute header from Alexander Samedov's corner.

"A wonderful period has come to an end".

President Vladimir Putin told Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov that nobody was going to judge his team if they lost to Spain in the World Cup last 16 on Sunday - a match they improbably won.

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

It would be a stretch to say Russian Federation deserved their win, with 26 per cent possession and only six attempts at goal compared with Spain's 25, but they had a plan, stuck to it, and fought to the bitter end.

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