Blame me - Hierro takes responsibility for Spain exit


Akinfeev saved Koke's and Iago Aspas' spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in what was Russia's first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to send his team to the last eight after a lacklustre 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Hierro was certainly not looking to blame any of his players, who he said had given their all.

Having long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russian Federation were reduced to desperately defending in extra time as Spain, who played more than four times the number of passes their opponents did, still struggled to create clear chances.

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In all 33 Grand Prix since then, Hamilton had finished inside the points and set a new record for consecutive points finishes. But i have every confidence in my team that we will be able to bounce back. "We've just thrown away a win", said Hamilton.

"Like all Spaniards, we had high hopes and dreams and we are sad that we couldn't do it for the millions of people who were following the game back home", he said.

And the Barcelona defender is now set to quit the national set-up following last-16 exit to Russian Federation. "They certainly did that, and we can look each other in the eye". We need to be realistic, the situation was what it was. I am not holding anything against my players, the 15 that played gave it their all.

"I left him out because I knew what this match required", he said.

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He smiled just before Akinfeev saved the shot with his trailing leg. VAR is there to help, and the referee did not whistle it".

However, Iniesta's name will forever go down in Spanish folklore as one of the greatest Spaniards to have played for his country.

Asked about De Gea, Maradona told Marca: 'Yes, I like him, although he's conceded a couple of goals. He is an outstanding professional and I'd like to thank him again for the way he behaved.

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