'That’s life' says Iniesta after Spain farewell ends in defeat

'That’s life' says Iniesta after Spain farewell ends in defeat

'That’s life' says Iniesta after Spain farewell ends in defeat

Spain stopped Russia's European Championship run in 2008 - the country's best tournament performance since the end of the Soviet Union - and also played to a 3-3 friendly draw previous year, though one in which Spain didn't field a full-strength team.

"We're hosting a fantastic tournament", Akinfeev said.

Russian Federation shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup, surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw, and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3.

Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev declined to take any credit for seeing his side through to the World Cup quarterfinals after beating Spain on penalties, insisting the hosts "were lucky, that's it". The Atletico Madrid midfielder lifted his shirt over his eyes in dismay.

It is unclear if interim coach Fernando Hierro will continue in a job he did not seek before Julen Lopetegui was sent home. Lopetegui was sacked because he didn't tell Spain's soccer leaders he accepted an offer to coach Real Madrid after the tournament.

The hosts stuck to what you might call a "stubborn" game plan against the 2010 champions, packing their defensive and watched on from a distance as Spain amassed thousands of completed passes in the middle third - patient, attritional and superior in their minds; completely ineffective in reality.

Defeat Sunday likely spells the end of Andres Iniesta's career. The 34-year-old Barcelona midfielder came off the bench and nearly won the game with an 85th-minute shot well saved by Akinfeev. Iniesta also scored the first spot-kick of the shootout.

Russian Federation hit back against the run of play when Gerard Pique needlessly stuck his hand in the air and handled an Artem Dzyuba header.

The early exit of Spain has drawn comparisons into their heartbreaking elimination in the 2002 World Cup, wherein they suffered a quarterfinal loss to South Korea via a penalty shoot-out. A free-kick from the right was heading for Sergio Ramos, but Russian defender Ignashevich was focused on grappling with the Spain skipper and ignored the ball, which bounced off his heel and went into the far corner of the net.

Facebook is Shutting Down Hello, tbh, and Moves Apps
Next up is tbh , an anonymous social media app for teens in the USA and which the company bought only a year ago . The app also created a record of everywhere a user went, allowing them to track their fitness history on a map.

Iniesta almost stole the win for Spain right at the end as well, when he struck a really nice shot from outside the area, but Akinfeev got down in the nick of time, preventing the ball from hitting the bottom corner.

Dzyuba calmly sent De Gea the wrong with his penalty to join Cheryshev on a team-leading three goals.

"There were some feelings flashing up in your feet or your head, that it could be Spain for us", Dmitry Cheryshev said Saturday.

"We believed that order, discipline and dedication can beat class".

Spain have no injury concerns but are expected to make changes to the team that drew 2-2 with Morocco in their final group game.

Since the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes of regulation time, the issue rolled into overtime.

Spain 1-1 Russia: Fedor Smolov's powerful shot went straight into the goal.

After 120 minutes of football and with the teams tied 1-1, referee Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands whistled for penalties. Russia, by comparison, scored all four of their efforts.

Recommended News

  • Roger Federer Leaves Nike for Uniqlo

    Roger Federer Leaves Nike for Uniqlo

    When defending champion Roger Federer walked on to Centre Court at the All England Club, everyone watching was in for a shock. The good thing is it's not theirs forever. "I am deeply committed to tennis and to winning championships".
    Amlo win to usher in new era in Mexico

    Amlo win to usher in new era in Mexico

    Much remains to be determined about how Lopez Obrador's often nebulous campaign proposals will manifest themselves in government. An exit poll by Parmetira had Lopez Obrador winning with between 53 to 59 percent of the vote, far ahead of his two main rivals.
    Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers

    Celebrities welcome LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers

    They pulled off the surprise of the summer: a one-year, $5.3 million bargain deal with free agent DeMarcus Cousins. If the Lakers are going to add another game-changer this summer, it'll likely be through a trade.
  • Did

    Did "Avengers 4" Cinematographer Accidentally Leak Movie's Real Title?

    In addition, Conrad noted that Thanos' backstory was removed at the script stage and, as a result, never filmed. Infinity War cinematographer Trent Opaloch wasn't too careful to keep the upcoming Avengers title from fans.
    This is the first photo of a planet being born

    This is the first photo of a planet being born

    The planet is much hotter than anything in our solar system, too, with a surface temperature of around 1,000 degrees Celsius. Capturing a planet's birth is exceptionally hard because it's often too far away to see on a telescope.
    Merkel & Seehofer defuse tensions over immigration policy

    Merkel & Seehofer defuse tensions over immigration policy

    That scenario scared all parties except the anti-immigration AfD which, polls suggest, could hope for further gains. Soon after Monday's deal was announced, Austria warned Tuesday it could "take measures to protect" its borders.
  • Black Keys collaborator Richard Swift dead at 41

    Black Keys collaborator Richard Swift dead at 41

    A multi-instrumentalist, producer and filmmaker, Swift joined the Black Keys in 2014 and performed with The Shins from 2011 to 2016.
    After Harley spat, Trump seeks to lure other motorcycle firms to US

    After Harley spat, Trump seeks to lure other motorcycle firms to US

    A number of American companies have expressed concerns about Trump's tariffs, and have said that they could impact their business. In the first quarter of 2018, Harley-Davidson cited Europe as an area where it experienced "strong results".
    Trump Plans to Make Supreme Court Nomination July 9

    Trump Plans to Make Supreme Court Nomination July 9

    Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he didn't think Trump would be overly focused on the Roe ruling. Casey's own stand on the abortion issue has become a hot topic in his reelection campaign, with Republican challenger Rep.
  • Seehofer’s last-ditch attempt to agree on migration issue

    Alexander Dobrindt, leader of the CSU parliamentary group, said "a common destiny proves its worth only when it is challenged". However, Italy - where most irregular migrants arrive - does not want to take back migrants who reach Germany.
    Facebook had data sharing deals with 52 companies

    Facebook had data sharing deals with 52 companies

    Ime Archibong, Facebook's VP of product partnerships, says developers will now have to use their own apps' access tokens to do test queries.
    Bahamas boat explosion leaves 1 tourist dead, several injured

    Bahamas boat explosion leaves 1 tourist dead, several injured

    Stefanie has not only suffered the loss of her lower legs, but needs surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture. Cell phone video shows flames and black smoke coming from the engine area of the small vessel.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.