Russian Federation stun Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals

Russia players pose for a team group

Russia players pose for a team group

Discussing his global future in January, Pique said: "Yes, I will leave the national team after the World Cup".

"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".

"In defeat I feel even more proud of being Spanish".

"I haven't regretted that decision or any other, because they are decisions made with responsibility, conviction and values, and it was not a sporting decision", the federation president said.

"I've not seen it again, but [a Russian Federation defender] was pulling me and stopped me getting to the ball", Ramos said.

It was also the ninth time that Spain have failed to beat a host of a World Cup or European Championships.

Although we admit it's a bit early to be talking about England in a World Cup final, it must be said that they will likely never have a better chance than they do now to reach that stage.

"The national team will continue to be successful because of the level of players we have and that is what they should try".

Rewarded with a sponsor's trophy, Akinfeev acknowledged the part played by an 78,000 crowd in Moscow: "I'm not the man of the match, the man of the match is our team - and our fans".

"Like the entire country, Putin watched the game from the very beginning to the very end and supported the team", Peskov said. "We had great hopes for this World Cup and it wasn't to be". The team did everything possible to try and prove ourselves again.

"We could not do more - we gave everything".

Spain had the majority of the possession (74-26 percent) and fired 25 shots to Russia's six, but the Russians' park-the-bus defense and resiliency kept the Spanish from finding the go-ahead goal and forced extra time.

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