Host Russia extends World Cup party by eliminating Spain

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He's credited for scoring the most important goal in the history of Spanish football i.e the winning goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.

And there will be plenty of blame to spread around in their spare time, too, following one of the national team's worst World Cup debacles.

Croatia for the first time since 1998, broke into the quarterfinals of the world Cup. That run was ended days later by a Spain team beginning its era of dominance.

The departure of Ronaldo and Messi deprives the World Cup of its two biggest stars as they left the competition for possibly the last time.


"To [those who] supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks", he said via a Twitter post. If they do go out, at least the Russians can take satisfaction from putting on a tournament to remember. Because we leave ourselves on the pitch until the last drop of sweat, the last bit of energy and bravery. That decision to make it public just a few days before Spain's first game in Russian Federation led to the national coach being fired from his position (the Rubiales call that won him this vote), replaced by Fernando Hierro.

Alvaro Odriozola says the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup really affected the Spain players.

Spain have stuck with that philosophy as they chase down further major honours, but their efforts this summer are considered to have lacked a spark as they play in front of opponents rather than around them.

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.


They will certainly not be as one-sided as Spain's attacking options.

Spain led in the 12th minute when Ramos helped force Russia's Sergei Ignashevich into an own goal when his back was turned to the play. Though Spain completed a World Cup game record of 1,029 passes, it rarely threatened Akinfeev's goal. "But in the end, we are the ones who have the ball".

But the chant roared by the 80,000-crowd packed into Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium - the same word echoing in bars and metro stations and shouted in Komsomolsk-on-Amur 6,000 kilometres (3,800 miles) to the east - was "Ro-ssi-ya!" over and over again.

A victory could see Russian Federation potentially play England in the semi-finals - and then realise Muscovite Glazkova's dream of going up against five-time champions Brazil with the trophy at stake. Dzyuba's penalty kick fooled goalkeeper David De Gea to dive the wrong way. The king is a soccer fan who, as crown prince, attended the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg to see Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0.


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