"Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances".
Rewarded with a sponsor's trophy, Akinfeev acknowledged the part played by an 78,000 crowd in Moscow: "I'm not the man of the match, the man of the match is our team - and our fans".
Sergei Ignashevich scored La Roja's 99th goal in World Cup history with an untidy own goal as he wrestled with Sergio Ramos when attempting to defend a free-kick. We will be back at big tournaments again.
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Speaking directly after the final whistle, Ramos said his team had given everything they could only to come out on the wrong end of the spot-kick "lottery". It was a very hard and physical match.
There is no denying that De Gea is one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world and his consistent feats of brilliance between the sticks of Manchester United over the years have placed him as the very best in the eyes of several supporters.
"We could not do more - we gave everything". However he defended the team after they controlled the match before losing on penalties.
And it appeared to bounce off his calf and into the net as he fell into the Spain defender. Spain took a 12th-minute lead when veteran Russian Federation defender Sergei Ignashevich put into his own net, but Artem Dzyuba equalised by scoring a penalty for the hosts in the 42nd minute after Gerard Piqué handled in the area. "VAR is there to help, and the referee did not whistle it".