December 21, 2014
World champions Spain out after Chile defeat
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.
Chile took the lead with a brilliantly-worked Eduardo Vargas goal after 20 minutes and doubled their lead just before halftime when Charles Aranguiz banged in the rebound from a meek punch by keeper Iker Casillas.
"We cannot complain we did not deserve to go out, they were better than us," Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said.
"The team showed character, we pressed forward but we had little luck in front of goal. We were certainly inferior to our rivals here at the finals. It is not the moment to think about the future. Little by little we will make the necessary assessments," he added.
Meanwhile, Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said he was "happy with the players game", as the team was "up to the challenge."
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 today, both have six points and their meeting in Sao Paulo on Monday will decide the group finishing order.The Furia Roja became the third holders to fail to reach the last-16 in the last four tournaments. France, the winners in 1998, were bundled out of the competition four years later after defeats to Senegal and Denmark, while 2006 champions Italy suffered a similar fate in South Africa.