The midfield maestro, who is also leaving Barcelona to play for Japanese club Vissel Kobe next season, scored 13 global goals in his career, most notably the victor in extra time of the 2010 World Cup final.
"In defeat I feel even more proud of being Spanish".
It's been another eventful day at the World Cup with penalty shootouts determining the results of both matches.
Spain dominated the match in terms of possession and territorial domination but posed very little threat to the host nation.
Just before the end of extra time, Spain asked for a penalty but after the referee consulted with VAR they rejected the Spanish appeals. Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the hero for the hosts, saving efforts from Koke and Iago Aspas.
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The Manchester United shot-stopper has not been at the level that has seen him become the number one choice for Spain having not conceded in just one game at the World Cup with just one save from the seven shots on goal. The team did everything possible to try and prove ourselves again.
"In 2008, '10, '12, well, we had the players we had, and we played at a level, with a style had nobody had done before, " said Hierro, who took over as coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before Spain's opener. It was not to be. "Now we're in 2018, and many things have changed". A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger.
But Schmeichel made a smart save to keep the 1-1 stalemate intact through two hours of at times pedestrian football.
"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate".
La Roja's latest early exit spells the end for Gerard Pique as Spain's main centre-back alongside Sergio Ramos.
Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique were both guilty, the latter because of a handball that gave Russian Federation their equaliser, but De Gea left as the principal villain. "VAR is there to help, and the referee did not whistle it".