Friday, February 23, 2018

WORLD CUP 2014 - Adios Spain!

Chile send Champs home

Chile beat Spain for web-AP

HEARTACHE: Chile's Charles Aranguiz, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group B World Cup match against 2010 champions Spain, at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Wednesday. Chile won 2-0 to eliminate the champions. Photo: AP

Kwame Laurence


Hard-working Chile overwhelmed an out-of-sorts Spain 2-0 to secure their - and the Netherlands' - place in the World Cup second round and eliminate the holders on a memorable night at the Maracana on Wednesday.

Chile had never beaten Spain in their 10 previous meetings but always looked the more enterprising, taking the lead with a brilliantly-worked Eduardo Vargas goal after 20 minutes and doubling their lead just before halftime when Charles Aranguiz banged in the rebound from a meek punch by keeper Iker Casillas.

Spain, beaten 5-1 by the Netherlands in their opening Group B match, looked a shadow of the team that triumphed four years ago and won back-to-back European titles, with Sergio Busquets missing the best of their few chances early in the second half.

Chile and the Netherlands, who beat Australia 3-2 earlier on Wednesday, both have six points and their meeting in Sao Paulo on Monday will decide the group finishing order.

Spain cannot progress and have become the third holders in the last four tournaments to go out at the group stage following France in 2002 and Italy in 2010.