La Liga chief slams Spanish Federation for shock World Cup exit


Even the team's commitment was questioned after Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, who missed one of the penalties in the shootout, had said players didn't watch numerous World Cup games in part because they interfered with the siesta, Spain's traditional nap time. 'We could do better, we should have done better, but not only I'm not ashamed, I'm proud to be the captain of this huge selection.' Ramos also paid tribute to worldwide team-mate Andres Iniesta, who retired from global football following their exit from the 2018 World Cup.

"I had to persuade them this was the only way (against Spain) as they don't like this system", said the coach, whose side also had one shot on target in two hours of football.

After both teams converted their first two PKs, Russia took the lead in the third round when Igor Akinfeev stopped Koke's attempt. That run was ended days later by a Spain team beginning its era of dominance.

"Players will not do things just because the coach says so".

Russian Federation take on the Croats, who also went to penalties as they eliminated Denmark, in Sochi's Fisht Stadium on Saturday evening. Because we leave ourselves on the pitch until the last drop of sweat, the last bit of energy and bravery.

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?"

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The diminutive maestro departed boyhood club Barcelona at the close of last season, moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe on a lucrative three-year deal. Spain are one of the most unconvincing group leaders.

One of the key reasons for that is the form of Denis Cheryshev, who has spent most of his life in Spain and is a product of the Real Madrid youth system.

Despite 75 percent possession and more than 1,000 passes, Spain's famed tiki-taka got them nowhere and they had to wait until the 85th minute to test Akinfeev with a low drive from substitute Andres Iniesta.

Instead, Spain seemed entirely incapable on increasing the pace as, minute by minute, home hopes grew from a long-shot dream, through a gradual realization that their highly-ranked rivals were not actually that risky, to eventual delirious celebration.

King Felipe VI of Spain was at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Russian Federation hit back just before the interval as Artem Dzyuba nervelessly converted a penalty awarded for a handball by Gerard Pique. Artem Dzyuba stepped up and set De Gea the wrong way to tap the ball into the net for the equalizer.