He smiled just before Akinfeev saved the shot with his trailing leg.
And there was one moment in the first half of extra time that summed their performance up.
"We have a team to keep dreaming", he said.
Fernando Hierro refused to "point the finger" or "lay the blame at the feet of others" after Spain's stunning World Cup exit, instead accepting full responsibility for their defeat to Russian Federation.
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Russian Federation shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup, surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw, and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3.
And they would eventually succumb to the hosts on penalties, after Iago Aspas and Koke missed their spot-kicks.
"It's very hard", Ramos said after the game.
So often, he has rescued points for United by taking to the air and clawing away a goal-bound strike and he started the World Cup as Spain's undisputed No 1. The team did everything possible to try and prove ourselves again.
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"In reality the departure of Lopetegui didn't change things and we knew that we had to give everything. Unfortunately, it ended up as a penalty shoot-out which is a lottery and we weren't lucky".
"It was a tough day, not only for me but all Spaniards, we didn't expect this, we played well and while we could improve on some aspects we didn't deserve this", he said.
Belgium were top seeds in Group G and always expected to finish as the best team in it so it was a relief that England went into the game against their fellow Europeans knowing the result didn't matter to their qualification into the knockout stages.
"I can't say whether there will be a new era after this, it is sad that Iniesta is going. VAR is there to help, and the referee did not whistle it".
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