Spain bow down to Chile

June 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Chile, Chile News, News, Popular, Spain, Spain News
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – History has been made at the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho where World Champions Spain lost their two opening games in this year’s FIFA World Cup.

Gonzalo Jara (R) of Chile comforts Javi Martinez (L) of Spain during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group B preliminary round match between Spain and Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18 June 2014. Chile won 2-0
Gonzalo Jara (R) of Chile comforts Javi Martinez (L) of Spain during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group B preliminary round match between Spain and Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18 June 2014. Chile won 2-0

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – History was made at the Estádio Jornalista in Mário Filho where World Champions Spain lost their second game in this year’s FIFA World Cup.

After losing 2 – 0 to Chile the Spanish national team are the first ever FIFA World Cup defending champions to lose their opening two games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup having won the prestigious title in 2010 when it was held in South Africa.

Wanting to regain their pride after they suffered a humiliating 5 – 1 defeat to the Netherlands on Friday, the Spaniards will now be watching the remainder of the tournament and not playing it.

Taking an early lead through Eduardo Varges in the 20th minute after a blunder by the Spanish defence, the Chileans came into the game ready to disappoint.

Spainish goalkeeper Iker Casillas – who has been under fire from the media after his dismal performance in their opening game against the Netherlands – was let down by his defence which was without their regular centre back, Gerard Pique.

A set piece from Alexis Sánchez in the 43rd minute saw Chilean midfielder, Charles Aránguiz score a second for the night after a failed clearance by the exposed Casillas.

Spain tried to inspire a comeback bringing on Fernando Torres who also came on late in their first game against the Netherlands, but even the Chelsea striker’s addition wasn’t enough to save Spain.

A desperate Vicente del Bosque tried various alterations to his team bringing on the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jorge Resurrección Merodio commonly known as Koke, but the Spanish team’s fate was sealed in the first half.

Australia who was beaten by the Netherlands earlier on in the evening were counting on the Spanish to beat the Chileans so they could at least have a chance at going to the last 16 through play-offs were unlucky as this was not the case.

Both Spain and Australia have now been eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Lebogang Mokoena


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