Spain On Their Way Home As Chile Progress

 The famous Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro hosted the FIFA World CupTM Group B match between Spain and Chile on Wednesday evening in which the hopes and dreams of two teams were ended.  Chile won 2–0 and knocked out the defending World Champions and also Australia who would have had a mathematical chance had Spain won, but it was not to be as the Spaniards emulated Brazil (1966), Italy (1950, 2010) and France (2002) to become the fourth team not to qualify for the Second Round as World Cup holders.

The match started with Spain looking vulnerable in the first few minutes of the match as the South Americans played at a frantic pace and came close to opening the scoring within the first five minutes.  La Furia Roja had their moments, but it was Chile who kept creating chances and they were rewarded for their efforts in the 20th minute as Eduardo Vargas scored from close range.  The goal gave La Roja all the confidence in the world and one had the feeling that Spain would struggle to come back, but there were still 70 minutes to go and nothing set in stone.

All hope for the Europeans was lost in the 40th minute when Iker Casillas failed to hold on to a direct strike and Charles Aranguiz followed up on the rebound and made no mistake in finding the back of the net to deliver the final blow to the Spanish aspirations.  Being two-nil down at half-time one could only wonder what Vicente Del Bosque could have said to his team.  Whatever it was it seemed to have worked for the first 20 minutes of the second half as Spain maintained most of the possession and kept the ball in the Chilean half of the field.

They came close to scoring in the 49th minute when Diego Costa missed a golden opportunity in front of goal.  Fernando Torres was introduced to the game in the 64th minute in the place of Costa, but it was too late for La Furia Roja.  The match ended seeing Chile and the Netherlands qualifying for the next round.

The pair will meet in Sao Paulo on the 23rd of June to decide the winner of Group B while Spain and Australia will play in a dead-rubber match before they go home.