Spain 0 Chile 2 – reigning champions the first team to crash out of World Cup
Goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz help Chile to a memorable victory
June 18th, 2014
Spain are out of the 2014 World Cup after losing 2-0 to Chile at the Estadio do Maracana, with Vicente del Bosque’s team being sucker-punched by their South American opponents.
Jorge Sampaoli’s team executed the perfect game plan as they made sure of their place in the last sixteen of the competition with an attacking performance which was coupled with a high-octane defensive rearguard.
Spain couldn’t live with their opponents who could have been ahead as early as the first minute, although Chile did take an early lead when a delightful passing move saw Eduardo Vargas slot the ball past Iker Casillas.
Del Bosque had made a couple of changes to the team that were stunned 5-1 by the Netherlands, with Xavi dropped in favour of Pedro, although it was once again a lacklustre Spain team who looked drained from an exhaustive domestic season.
Diego Costa once again toiled unsuccessfully in attack for the Spanish, with the new Chelsea forward failing to register a shot on target, while Casillas’ performance was once again a poor one.
The Spain captain parried a free-kick into the path of Charles Aranguiz just before half-time and the Chilean midfielder made no mistake to double his team’s lead, with the South American side not troubled by their opponents throughout the match.
Del Bosque was at a loss to explain the first Group B defeat at the hands of the Dutch, with this defeat meaning the end of an era for a Spanish side who were triumphant at Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.