Soccer – End of the line for Iniesta

Veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta has confirmed his retirement from the international game after Spain suffered a surprise World Cup 2018 exit at the hands of hosts Russia. The 34-year-old, who is heading to Japan after ending an illustrious career with Barcelona, has also called time on his days in the famous red shirt of Spain, having scored 13 goals in 131 appearances for La Furia Roja. The most famous of those strikes was the winner in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands, while Iniesta was also a key member of the teams who won consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012. However, he was unable to help Spain reach the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals, as Russia won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the game in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ended level at 1-1 after extra-time. And a clearly emotional Iniesta said afterwards: "Sometimes the endings are not how you dream them, but these things happen in life." Without Iniesta, Spain can now be backed at 5/1 with bet365 to win the European Championships in 2020.

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