Spain stuck on 99 World Cup goals until at least Qatar 2022

Andres Iniesta has retired from worldwide football following Spain's World Cup elimination by Russian Federation on penalties.

Following the loss Iniesta said to the reporters: "It's a reality that is my last game with the national team".

"Sometimes the endings are not as one dreams".

The 34-year-old, who scored the winning goal at the 2010 World Cup final, won 133 caps in an worldwide career spanning 12 years, during which he also won European championship titles in 2008 and 2012. A marvellous spell is over.

'It's bad, it's tough.

Iniesta started Sunday's last-16 game on the bench as coach Fernando Hierro opted to rest the Barcelona legend.

"The critics don't matter so much; we are angry because we weren't capable of taking another step and we didn't rise to the occasion, despite trying everything".

The host team won an astonishing upset victory over Spain by prevailing in a penalty shootout.

But the way the draw has worked out, England have been presented with an fantastic chance to potentially reach their first World Cup final since 1966.

"There is relief, players are there, the important thing is to find the way to success again, it is not easy, it is more complicated than it seems, but the National Team will continue", said Andrés Iniesta in Moscow (via sefutbol).

Akinfeev made a stunning decisive save to deny Iago Aspas, sticking out his leg while diving to his right to divert the ball away from goal, handing Russian Federation a 4-3 shootout win sending the team into the quarter-finals at their home World Cup.

  • Angelo Rivera