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Fabregas Calls For End To Spain’s Tiki-Taka As They Make 1,114 Passes In Defeat

Despite a shock defeat to Russia in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup, Spain set a number of records at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Their possession game was overwhelming against the hosts on Sunday, but Fernando Hierro’s side were unable to threaten the Russian goal for long periods.

Although the game was poised at 1-1 and quickly heading to extra time, Spain continued their self-stifling manner of play in earnest, with a total of 770 passes in the 90 minutes, the most ever in a World Cup game, beating Argentina’s record of 703 in 2010.

Substitutes Iago Aspas and Rodrigo attempted to introduce some pace and urgency into Spain’s attack late on and during extra time, but the Russian’s were resolute despite Spain’s record total of 1,114 passes, earning a spot in the lottery that is the penalty shootout.

The home side prevailed in the shootout, and the 2010 champions are out.

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Some debate rages as to whether Spain’s suffocating style today resembled the ‘Tiki-Taka’ philosophy that garnered them and Barcelona every major trophy in both club and international football. One man who viewed it as such was Cesc Fabregas, who wasn’t chosen for the national team despite his 110 caps.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on December 6, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The World Cup and two-time European Championship winner begged on the BBC for his country to change tact on the field following their premature exit.

“I’m a big fan of the ‘Tiki-Taka’, the beautiful game, but nothing’s happening,” he lamented. “We haven’t seen any danger from the Spanish team.

“I think it’s more defensive possession than attacking, and it should be the opposite.”

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