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Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement

02 July 2018
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement

David de Gea is under alot of scrutiny after an terrible World Cup display as Spain were dumped out of the tournament by hosts Russian Federation.

Russia's penalty shootout hero, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, thanked God, luck and the Luzhniki Stadium crowd for bringing the hosts home safely against Spain on Sunday to reach their first World Cup quarter-final since 1970.

One viewer even went as far as to tweet to Corcoran to ask what he made of the penalty kick infringements. He was later consoled by manager Fernando Hierro.

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

Now that Spain are out of the World Cup, one of Russia, England, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland or Colombia will be guaranteed to participate in the World Cup final. The last-16 match had ended 1-1 on full-time.

Koke and Iago Aspas then both failed in the shoot-out, marking a disappointing end to the midfielder's glorious Spain career. All of Russia's takers - Fyodor Smolov, Sergei Ignashevich, Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Cheryshev - converted their attempts.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid follow just behind with 18 and 13, respectively, and the first Spaniard to ever find the net at a World Cup was none other than Athletic Club's Alejandro Irarragorri in 1934, the nation's debut appearance.

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev thanked God after his penalty shootout heroics.

Russian Federation equalized before halftime when Spanish defender Gerard Pique gave away a penalty via a handball in the box.

Ramos was involved early in pressuring Russia's Sergey Ignashevich into an own goal to give La Roja a ideal start, but the hosts equalised before the break when Artem Dzyuba converted a penalty awarded for a Gerard Pique handball.

Instead of waking from their slumber, La Roja continued tempting fate by reducing the game to a turgid affair of insomnia-inducing passes with no penetration.

David de Gea has not had the best World Cup.

Tick-tock, the time may be up for tiki taka.

When asked if the RFEF and their decision were to blame for Spain's performance, Hierro stressed that this was not the time "to point fingers".