But the Spaniards just seem to revert to their pre-2008 frustrating selves - full of ability but no end product as they kept up a freaky record of nine losses to World Cup and European Championship hosts since 1934.
We were hoping for penalties.
He was named "Man of the Match" in both the World Cup and European Champions final two years later, reaffirming to the world how important he was to Spain's successes.
But Schmeichel made a smart save to keep the 1-1 stalemate intact through two hours of at times pedestrian football.
Spain dominated possession but were unable to make it count and were punished when Russian Federation were awarded a penalty. A penalty was the only way they could cause us danger.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three penalties to seal the match against Denmark, which ended in a 1-1 draw before the 3-2 shootout victory.
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta called time on his remarkable global career after his team's surprise World Cup exit at the hands of hosts Russian Federation on Sunday.
The Kremlin also said King Felipe congratulated Putin on the hosts' win, while also having time for "a short exchange of opinions about issues of further development of bilateral relations".
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The last addition to the elite group of 12 nations who have contested World Cup finals was Spain when they won the title for the first time in 2010.
Ramos hasn't ruled out another World Cup with Spain in Qatar.
When Spain took the lead against Russian Federation through a Sergei Ignashevich own goal in the 12th minute, it was presumed they would ease to a comfortable victory to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Now is, therefore, a good time to look back at the incredible contribution of four Spanish legends, who helped turn Spain from perennial underachievers to world conquerors.
"A wonderful period has come to an end".
"It's reality that today has been my last match for the national team", he told reporters. "So I don't believe that we should risk going forward".
"We have been the better team and we leave with the feeling that we have been eliminated by an opponent who had not played at our level", Rubiales said.
"This morning I was very nervous, but now it is time to celebrate".