FIFA World Cup Group B clash between Spain and Chile Maracana in Rio de Janeiro
Defending World Cup champion Spain was eliminated after going down 2-0 to Chile , with one group game still to play . This loss also makes Spain the first defending World Cup champion to be eliminated after only two games. Maracana! Vargas and Aranguiz scored for the South American side and now face Holland in the next match on Monday at Arena CorinthiansSao Paulo.
Spain missed a few good chances earlyin the first half , but Chile scored first, in the 20th minute. Eduardo Vargas scored first when Xabi Alonso makes a poor pass straight to the feet of Alexis, who rushes forward and exchanges a brilliant one-two with Vidal. The Barca man then finds the run of Aranguiz, who shows superb composure to find Eduardo Vargas at the back post, who sent the ball flying past goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
And just before the half time in the 43rd minute Alexis Sanchez whips a free kick towards goal and Casillas makes another mistake by punching straight into the path of C. Aránguiz who took a touch and punted the ball into the top corner .
With this loss Spain becomes the third consecutive European winner of the World Cup to lose in the group stages in the following tournament, after France in 2002 and Italy in 2010.
Spain coach, Vicente del Bosque said that, “ I would have never , ever thought that we would leave the tournament after the first round . we started sluggishly and were not brave enough, really. It’s a pity because I didn’t expect that .”
Match stats –
Chile (3-5-2) : Bravo; Silva, Jara, Medel; Isla, Diaz, Vidal(sub: C. Carmona), Aranguiz(sub:Gutierrez), Mena; Alexis Sanchez, Vargas(sub: Valdivia).
Spain (4-3-3) : Casillas, Azpilicueta, Martinez, Sergio Ramos, Alba; Iniesta, Busquets, Xabi Alonso(sub: koke), Silva, Diego Costa(sub: F. Torres), Pedro(S. Cazola).
Goal : Eduardo Vargas (20’), Charles Aránguiz (43’)