Spain ripped in domestic press following World Cup exit 07/02/2018

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Russian Federation are set to face Croatia in their first-ever World Cup quarter-final match in Sochi on Sunday.

And Super Deporte asked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who lured Spain coach Julen Lopetegui away from the national team on the eve of the tournament, "Are you satisfied?" Russian Federation had an unbelievable start to the world cup by beating Saudi Arabia 5-0. He went out as if it were his first game as a professional, helping his team mates.

It was Spain's third straight early elimination following disappointments at the 2014 World Cup - when it didn't make it past the group stage - and the 2016 European Championship, when it lost to Italy in the round of 16.

With Russia withdrawing Dzyuba, the hosts played the last half hour of normal time without anyone left upfield as an outlet, with all 10 outfield players content to sit even deeper as Spain continued their possession domination. "It had to be made".

"I'm proud and have nothing negative to say to the whole group that has been in Russia, Hierro and all his team, the players, the coaching staff, all those who have been here". "The players did their best, as always".

"I'm feeling ideal", said Ivan Lisin, 28, a Spartak Moscow fan, who works in digital marketing.

At 34, Iniesta has won everything there is to win for club and country.


"We're going home after 24 matches without losing", Hierro said.

The idea that Spain, boasting a squad bursting with winners at club and global level, could be sent home by the lowest-ranked team in the tournament would have sounded preposterous just a month ago, but as the minutes ticked by at the Luzhniki stadium it seemed ever more likely.

Iniesta announced that it was his final match in Spain colours.

But they won't have numerous veterans to help them, as Iniesta officially retired from the national team and many others are unlikely to be back for the next World Cup. We all wanted to great things at this tournament. Dzyuba's penalty kick fooled goalkeeper David De Gea to dive the wrong way.

The match ended with the Sport Express daily running just one word across its front page: "HURAAAAAAAY!"

Croatia's case as dark horses to win the World Cup is mostly down to the creativity of their two midfield masters, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

As for his reserved celebrations which were limited to a brief raising of the hands on the final whistle, Cherchesov said: "This is the beginning and I have to save my emotions for the later". Where Spain go from here is far from clear.

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