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Defending champions Spain eliminated from World Cup after Chile defeat

Charles Arranguiz scored the second goal.

Charles Arranguiz scored the second goal.

Reigning FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship winners Spain have been eliminated from the finals in Brazil after a 2-0 loss to Chile in Rio de Janeiro.

Following a 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands in their opening Group B fixture, Vicente del Bosque’s side needed at least a draw to keep their hopes of progressing to the round of 16 alive but busy Chile ran them into the ground.

Valencia CF’s Eduardo Vargas finished a fine, intricate team move on 20 minutes before Charles Aránguiz returned an Iker Casillas punch with interest just before the interval.

Jordi Alba nudged Vargas’s effort round the post as Chile set a blistering pace from the off in Rio de Janeiro but, while Spain recovered their shape, they were unable to get much purchase on a busy Chilean defence.

They then conceded what was a superb team goal, Alexis Sánchez feeding the ball down the right for Aránguiz, whose unselfish ball across found Vargas. He wrong-footed Iker Casillas with one touch and threaded the ball into the net from ten metres with another.

Spain battled back; Xabi Alonso blasted over the bar after Diego Costa rolled the ball into his path, and the Club Atlético de Madrid striker then flicked into the side-netting after a promising move down the left.

However, Del Bosque was left with an even bigger headache as Aránguiz scored Chile’s second on 44 minutes, firing into the net with the outside of his boot after Casillas’s punch from Alexis Sánchez’s free-kick dropped at his feet just inside the area.

Koke replaced Xabi Alonso at the break, and Spain tore into Chile from the off; Diego Costa failed to get an effort on target as retreating defenders crowded him out in the box and Sergio Busquets then slashed at his shot with the goal gaping in front of him.

Diego Costa made way for Fernando Torres as the momentum waned and Chile might have made it 3-0 soon after, Mauricio Isla unable to get the ball on target at the back post after Eugenio Mena shot wide from the left.

Santi Cazorla’s arrival for Pedro Rodríguez on 76 minutes was the last throw of the dice. He drew a save from Claudio Bravo with a long shot, as did Andrés Iniesta, but neither could spark a wholesale revival.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. PeeWee says:

    Who thought Spain could go out like this? This is a different era; either you go big or go home. There are no more easy teams in the world, you underrate teams at your own peril like Ghana found out.

  2. Chukwe says:

    Ghana always like underestimating opponents, some we’re saying the US will be beaten 3-0 and even now they saying Germany will be beaten 6-1.

  3. papa says:

    A.A i hope u took notes from this match and from chile formation

  4. Milky says:

    I hate to say this because I really want Ghana to go through but I feel like Ghana might follow soon.

  5. Bostonman redsox says:

    I want to is the black stars play like their lives deepen on it

  6. PeeWee says:

    African teams are just clowns…Cameroon already down 3-0 to newcomers Croatia. How disgusting…

  7. PeeWee says:

    Oh my God!!! 73rd minute Croatia 4 Cameroon 0…wow

  8. lovely says:

    African teams are useless!!!

  9. weepee says:

    peeWee,do you smoke wee,who told you Croatia are newcomers

  10. Benito says:

    Oh,Africa what is wrong with us,you play with these in various clubs abroad,then you the guys then you mess up big time.how could Alex song be so stupid to hit someone without even a ball????

  11. Sami says:

    Shameful. What’s wrong with us? Neither in sport nor in science or other things. Always not successful . Such a shame.

  12. PeeWee says:

    The undiscipline in the Cameroonian team is unbelievable, after Song’s red card two of their players fought on the field in front of a billion tv viewers around the globe. What a shame!!!

  13. meka says:

    I saw this game today and Chile played like a team. Alexis Sanchez and his mates played for each other. Not like Atsu and Jordan who play like they want personal glory.

  14. selfmade says:

    Ghana has to becareful with germany because unlike other giants in world football, Germany don’t play! If u allow them to take their chances, it doesn’t matter if it is thousand, they can blast in 800 of them! Germany has always been a clinical team and their goals in the WC are there for all to see!

    They didn’t have a lot of chances against Portugal but they score them by four goals! In the first half, they had four chances and score three of those chances! It doesn’t matter who u are, if u present a poor DEFENCE against the Germans, they ll punish u SEVERILY and england, Argentina are typical egs!

    Maradonna talked big against the Germans in south Africa but the Germans show him that his big talk doesn’t go with his weak defence! Infact, the Argentina DEFENCE was simply naive but the Germans show them no sympathy!!

    If we don’t fix our defence before the german game on Saturday, we ll be disgrace by these albinos! I can’t even see us scoring against them because looking critically at their game against portugl, these guys can have three or four transitions in a game!

    Germany, has the tallest players in this WC and from the way that brooks score the winning goal for the yanks from that powerful header and how non of our defenders weren’t able to challenged him because of his height,the Germans ll definitely SCORE FROM A CORNER OR AN IN SWINGING SET PIECE! Our tallest defender is probably BOYE but that guy sucks big time in air! Ghana was able to beat Serbia because VORSAH AND MENSAH were powerful in air!

    We have a huge mountain to climb on sat!