Igor Akinfeev's incredible kick save helps Russian Federation upset Spain

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And Ramos - who has signalled his intention to play on for his country towards the next World Cup in Qatar - said he remains proud of Spain's efforts despite the upheaval of the coaching change. "I have done all the work I could and I have a team which can adapt to any situation".

"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. That run was ended days later by a Spain team beginning its era of dominance.

It was Spain's third straight early elimination following disappointments at the 2014 World Cup - when it didn't make it past the group stage - and the 2016 European Championship, when it lost to Italy in the round of 16.

It all looked good for Spain entering the tournament, with coach Julen Lopetegui leading the team on a 20-match unbeaten streak and turning La Roja into one of the main title favorites.

Spain also recorded an incredible record in the game with 770 successful passes in 90 minutes, the highest ever in any World Cup game.

"Before the match, around noon, the president called the coach and wished him well", Russian news agencies quoted Peskov as saying.

Spain's number one made a bad mistake to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to score from the edge of the box in a 3-3 draw with Portugal to start the group stage. Lopetegui was sacked because he didn't tell Spain's soccer leaders he accepted an offer to coach Real Madrid after the tournament.

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The 34-year-old midfielder has signed for Japanese club Vissel Kobe after spending his entire senior career at Barcelona. Spain are one of the most unconvincing group leaders.

In the survey we asked the simple question, 'Who was responsible for Spain's elimination?' Rubiales, president of the RFEF, received 52.5% of the votes (108,752).

There was more penalty drama in the later match in Nizhny Novgorod, with Croatia coming out on top 3-2 just minutes after Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had saved a penalty at the end of extra-time.

With 35 minutes on the clock Spain had made 300 passes to the 63 of Russian Federation but had not mustered a single effort on target and led only through Sergei Ignashevich's comical own goal.

As the remaining members of Spain's old guard bid farewell in Russian Federation, the spotlight again turned to the players expected to help Spain recover in the future, including Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Marco Asensio.

King Felipe VI of Spain was at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Dzyuba's penalty kick fooled goalkeeper David De Gea to dive the wrong way.

Peskov did not say whether Putin planned to attend the quarter-final.

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