Spain's Andres Iniesta retires from global football following World Cup exit

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Referees and video officials have consistently penalized handballs in the box at this World Cup.

Khalid Boutaib was the only player denied by De Gea across his four World Cup matches, but the Morocco forward still beat the goalkeeper in the draw.

The 27-year-old repeatedly failed to find a teammate with his passes from the back, failing to complete a single successful pass in the opening 45 minutes.

He was unable to inspire Spain to victory however as they were beaten 4-3 on penalties by the World Cup hosts.

Worldwide rights groups that sounded the alarm over a series of racist incidents at soccer matches in the months preceding the tournament have said that the World Cup experience in Russian Federation has so far been generally positive.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, after Russian Federation knocked the 2010 champions out on penalties in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, that Putin - who watched the game on TV - had not put any pressure on the team to win.

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Putin did not attend the match in Moscow and it is not known if he will attend Russia's quarter-final.

Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next global tournaments.

"I just feel emptied out", Akinfeev said.

Eight years ago Iniesta scored the goal that gave Spain their first ever World Cup in South Africa. He also ensured the game needed 30 extra minutes with back-to-back diving saves in the 85th to deny substitutes Iniesta and Aspas. I can safely say that we can all look each other in the eye.

Despite overwhelming Spanish possession, the 2010 winners were unable to break down the Russian defence even after extra-time.

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