"We have achieved great success, things that we all dreamed of when we were young, but we have also had great disappointments and we have experienced very hard moments".
"I did not train on penalties, as we were planning to win in regulation time, although I knew how each Spanish player would shoot", Akinfeev said.
Switzerland, who have never done better than the spot in the last eight they achieved as hosts in 1954, take on Sweden on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg with the winners going on to face England or Colombia.
"I'm sad, I'm disappointed", Fabregas said on BBC.
"This was my last game for Spain", Iniesta told Radio Estadio.
Iniesta is widely considered to be one of the best players of his generation and one of the greatest midfielders of all time. "The players did their best, as always".
"It's the coach who makes the decisions", Iniesta said.
Hierro, composed and calm despite the loss, said that Spain did everything right but that "football is like that" after his side dominated the tie over 120 minutes only to go out on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
As the remaining members of Spain's old guard bid farewell in Russian Federation, the spotlight again turned to the players expected to help Spain recover in the future, including Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Marco Asensio.
"I'm convinced that 99 per cent would say that Spain have been much better (than Russia)".
With the European Super Cup taking place in Tallin (Estonia) on August 15, newly installed manager Julen Lopetegui will be able to work with all these players in an attempt to be in good condition to compete with Atlético.
"When a decision is made with responsibility and, above all, with values, one has to be calm".
The team's reserve goalkeepers at the World Cup were veteran Pepe Reina and youngster Kepa Arrizabalaga.
"I must thank Hierro and his team for their dedication, and in a few weeks we will get back to work", Rubiales said".