Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Andres Iniesta Retires from International Play After Spain's Loss vs. Russian Federation

Andres Iniesta Retires from International Play After Spain's Loss vs. Russian Federation

Spain will take on hosts Russian Federation in the 2018 World Cup round of 16.

Thirty minutes of extra time couldn't do anything to separate the sides, and the host nation managed to find their way to the quarter-finals through penalties.

Iago Aspas scored a late goal to ensure they drew 2-2 with Morocco in their last Group B game and finish top ahead of Portugal. Misses from Koke and Iago Aspas then allowed Russian Federation to a 4-3 shootout victory and progress to next Saturday's quarterfinal in Sochi against Croatia or Denmark.

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Iniesta was also a main member of Spain's golden generation which saw them lift the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

"Andres Iniesta doesn't deserve to go out like this, in what could be his last game for Spain", he said. A marvellous spell is over. Get in touch and tell us what you'd like to see. Live streaming is available on Fox Sports Go, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscription, either online or through their app. Exemplary friend, unique, unrepeatable.

The midfield superstar left Barca after 22 years at the Catalan giants to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe on a two-year deal.

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