Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the government's council on the preparations for and holding of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Vitaly Mutko has thanked all who believed in Team Russia's win over Spain in their Round of 16 match.
However after a couple of mistakes in the group stage, calls were made to see him dropped for Sunday's Round of 16 clash with hosts Russian Federation.
"The KO in the last 16 is another dark chapter in our history", said sports daily Marca.
Team captain Sergio Ramos wrote a letter to the supporters which said, "If you want to think about failure, you are free to do so".
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He is just too risky for me. "The unknown is something that you try to just put out of your hands for a certain amount of time". The problem with the Cavs' brass is that they have made a lot of questionable decisions about what would make that more likely.
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. "But there is a new generation, we have high-level players".
The Barcelona-based Sport newspaper criticised Real Madrid, the Catalan club's bitter rivals, for "blowing apart the Roja's chances" by approaching Lopetegui when they did. "And the fact that there is interest in us is quite inspiring", he said. We've achieved great success, things that we all dreamed of since we were kids, but also great deceptions and hard moments.
The midfield maestro, who is also leaving Barcelona to play for Japanese club Vissel Kobe next season, scored 13 worldwide goals in his career, most notably the victor in extra time of the 2010 World Cup final.
The odds on England winning the World Cup for a second time were immediately cut from 6-1 to 5-1 after Russia's victory, making them third favourites behind France and Brazil with bookmaker William Hill. It was hardly his fault that Spain made over 1000 passes without penetrating once; it was not his fault that Gerard Pique gave away a penalty; it was certainly not his fault that the Spaniard's couldn't hold their nerves in a penalty shootout. I've been proud to be able to share all these years with you. This is football. We had more possession, got to their area much more. "We need to study them and we will do that over the next few days". "I really had to persuade my players that this was the only way out". "This is not the end of a cycle, Pique and Iniesta are players who have been very important, but other people are coming up strongly from below".