Spain's dramatic defeat by Russian Federation on penalties in the World Cup round of 16 yesterday ensured that at least one of this year's finalists will not have reached the title decider for half a century, if at all.
One of the greatest midfielders in the history of the game had already given notice the World Cup was likely to be his worldwide swansong after calling time on his Barcelona career. "I am responsible for this", Hierro stated, adding that he was leaving the World Cup in a good state of mind as the players did everything in their powers.
Iniesta was a second-half substitute as the Spanish went on to lose 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after it ended 1-1 after extra time.
Naturally, the world was shocked by this upset, with some of the best reactions coming at Spain's expense.
Peskov did not say whether Putin planned to attend the quarter-final.
That is why Ramos is a legend in Spain.
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"We have a team to keep dreaming", the 32-year-old said on Spain's Telecinco channel.
Russian Federation are into the last eight of the World Cup for the first time in 48 years, since a quarterfinal appearance in Mexico in 1970 as Soviet Union.
This is Russia's first appearance in the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup as a standalone nation. The Vatreni were back on level terms soon afer through Mario Mandzukic, but neither side was unable to land a decisive blow before the end of the 90 minutes.
Tens of thousands of fans in the capital's Federation Internationale de Football Association fan fest crowded around several huge screens as they witnessed what many of them would have believed unthinkable before the match.
On a central Moscow square, a street orchestra erupted in a rendition of the Russian anthem as passing cars tooted their horns and men staggered out of a nearby bar waving Russian flags. "We left our pride and soul out there". "I'm sure all of Spain are proud of us".
"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate".