After what seemed like a very poor start from Spain, they were on the hunt for three points that would keep them alive in their group. Let’s recall that Spain was defeated by Netherlands with a score of 5-1 in their initial match! It would be do or die against their next opponent, Chile, if they wanted to maintain the hopes of achieving a second World Cup! With so much on the line, the pressure was on!
Chile first struck at the 20th minute, a shot by Eduardo Vargas, the Spanish team was now down one-nil!
Minutes before half-time, Chile would strike again, this time Ch Aranguiz would net the second! The current champion was on the verge of elimination as things began to shape up in group B.
At the beginning of the second half, Spain began pressuring Chile a bit more and had various golden opportunities, the clearest one from Sergio Busquets, but Spain was unable to net any shots and the match ended with Chile acquiring a victory and adding another three points to the table.
Group B currently shapes up like this after Spain and Australia both lost their initial and their second matches, Netherlands 6 points, Chile 6 points, Australia 0 points and Spain 0 points. Netherlands and Chile both will advance to the round of 16 and will face off against each other to determine the group winner next Monday. Australia and Spain will dispute their last match before returning home, both eliminated from the tournament.
Spain becomes the first defending World Cup Champion to be eliminated after the first two matches! Their performances against Chile and Netherlands showed a weaker and to some extent frozen Spain. Even though Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque made some changes to his starting 11, the results were the same and Spain scored only one goal in two matches thus far.
After the match, the Spanish coach Del Bosque said the following “We deserved to go out. But the team showed character today, kept going and were a bit unlucky with the goals. We all tried, but we were not as good as both teams we played.” He also said that it was not the time to think of an era being over just yet.
Spanish goal keeper Iker Casillas who was extremely criticized and even blamed after the poor performance Spain had against Netherlands was asked if this would be his last game for his country said “I don’t know, I really don’t know,” clear uncertainty and disappointment looming over him.
Chile on the other hand are on their way to the round of 16, with two brilliant performances against Australia and now against Spain. They attacked early in the game and saw the fruits of their labor netting twice.
All we really know at this point is that….there will be a new 2014 World Cup Champion!
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