Spanish midfielder Iniesta retires from international football
July 2, 2018, 10:40:02 CEST | Wikinews

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Monday, July 2, 2018 

Yesterday, Spanish footballer Andrés Iniesta announced retirement from international football. The midfielder made the announcement after Spain lost to Russia in the Last 16 match of the FIFA World Cup. Speaking to the reporters, Iniesta said, "It's true that it is my last match with the National Team, on a personal level it's the end of a magnificent phase. Overall, I think it's the saddest day of my career." ((es))spanish language: ‍Es una realidad que es mi última partido con la Selección, a nivel individual se acaba una etapa maravillosa. En conjunto seguramente sea el día más triste de mi carrera


File photo of Andrés Iniesta, who won the man of the match award. Image: Илья Хохлов. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Since 34-year-old Iniesta made his international debut, he has featured in 131 games, scoring thirteen goals. Iniesta also scored the winning goal against the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final. With the international team, Iniesta has won two UEFA Euro trophies in 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

After the match, Iniesta said, "It's true that this was my last match with the national team. On an individual level, it brings an end to a marvellous chapter of my life. It's a difficult moment, one we've experienced before, but we weren't capable of that little bit extra. My personal cycle ends here after a long time [playing for Spain], but everything has its beginning and end. It isn't the farewell I dreamed about, but football and life can be like that."

Iniesta's last match for Spain went on to a penalty shootout against Russia after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time. Iniesta was the first to take the penalty kick and scored the spot kick.






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Related news[edit]
"Spain defeat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time to win 2010 FIFA World Cup" — Wikinews, July 12, 2010
Sources[edit]
Joe Walker. "Andrés Iniesta ends Spain career: his greatness explained" — UEFA, July 1, 2018
"Andrés Iniesta leaves Spanish side" — Real Federación Española de Fútbol, July 1, 2018
"Andrés Iniesta anuncia que deja la Selección" — Real Federación Española de Fútbol, July 1, 2018 (Spanish)
Dermot Corrigan. "Andres Iniesta confirms retirement from Spain squad after World Cup exit" — ESPN FC, July 1, 2018
"Spain legend Andres Iniesta announces retirement from international football following World Cup exit" — Raidió Teilifís Éireann, July 1, 2018





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