Media blast 'walking' Spain after shock World Cup exit

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De Gea got close to two penalties in the shootout which saw Spain eliminated by the tournament hosts but he did not appear to be on his game on Sunday afternoon. They had a ridiculous 74% of possession, with 25 shotscompard to just six from Russian Federation.

Spain had all the ball but could not break down a stubborn Russian defence. While the likes of Alvaro Morata can expect a recall from whoever the new manager will be, it will be with this new group of under-21 players that Spain will be pinning their hopes on that they can return to glories once again. Pain? Yes, we were better, but this is sport. "Penalties are cruel. The guilty ones are always the players and everyone of us is responsible". "As captain I just want the best for Spanish football", he added.

The paper said it was "incredible naivety" to think that Lopetegui's abrupt departure did not have an effect. The players have been extraordinary for their effort, their professionalism, their solidarity.

"Spain built up so much absurdity during this tempestuous World Cup campaign that they ended up condemning themselves", it said. "But I have no complaints against anybody".

Strangely, only the cover of one newspaper, Valencia-based daily Super Deporte, pointed to the decision to sack Lopetegui the day before the tournament started for failing to tell the federation about his impending move to Real Madrid.

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Hierro, composed and calm after the loss, said he had no other choice but to accept the position to coach the team.

Sergei Galunenko, 51, a construction worker, went further: "This is the birth of our national team, that's what this victory means for us".

Iniesta surprisingly began Sunday's match on the bench but made an immediate impact after replacing David Silva in the 67th minute with his one-touch passing and clever runs into space. "I thought I had to do it and I accept the consequences".

And while the loss will leave a bad taste in his mouth, it doesn't change his plans. "I would have taken winning the group, playing as we played", he said.

"What I have clear is that I'm proud of the way Hierro and his staff have behaved. We need to study them and we will do that over the next few days". This is the fruit of two years of work, of Lopetegui's work, and yet we are out despite not losing for 24 games. "I put my reputation out there because that's what my job required".

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