Spanish legends we might not see after the 2018 World Cup

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The unexpected success of the national team has been a political boon for Putin, but the president has only attended Russia's opening FIFA World Cup match.

"We will party all night", said of the thousands of fans which gather on Zagreb's main square to watch the match.

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.

But Schmeichel made a smart save to keep the 1-1 stalemate intact through two hours of at times pedestrian football.

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.

Guus Hiddink's side beat Italy (after extra time) and Spain (on penalties) en route to the last four, despite pre-tournament predictions that they may struggle to advance from a group containing Portugal, Poland and the United States. A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger. I can safely say that we can all look each other in the eye.

In addition to scoring the World Cup's winning goal in 2010, Iniesta had also been key for Spain when it won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with its tiki-taka style modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession game.

Saudis stun Egypt in World Cup farewell despite Salah strike
The Liverpool striker did not celebrate his goal, fueling speculation he could still quit the national team over a political row. Egypt finished in last place with no points, a result likely to heap pressure on Argentine coach Hector Cuper.

It all looked to be going well for Fernando Heirro's men when Sergei Ignashevich deflected the ball into his own net inside 12 minutes, but a moment of madness from Gerard Pique gave Russian Federation the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot.

Ramos hasn't ruled out another World Cup with Spain in Qatar.

Andres Iniesta has announced that he will retire from global football after seeing Spain crash out of the World Cup at the hands of Russian Federation.

"It's true that this is my last game", Iniesta said, speaking after Spain's elimination.

"We have been the better team and we leave with the feeling that we have been eliminated by an opponent who had not played at our level", Rubiales said.

"I was frustrated after the injury, but I've been doing a lot of work to make sure I'm back so I can make a contribution to the team", the Tottenham midfielder said.