World Cup Match Report: Defending champion Spain dethroned by Chile 2-0

Max Thompson
Dirty Tackle
Chile's Eduardo Vargas celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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Instant Analysis

Plain and simple: Chile came out swinging, like it always does, and Spain was listless, the predominant symptom of its time in Brazil.

Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring for La Roja in the 20th minute, built through beautiful passing between Chilean players and great work at the outset by Alexis Sanchez on the ball. Just before halftime, Charles Aranguiz tucked away a rebound given up by Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas on a Sanchez free kick in the 43rd minute.

Spain threatened in the second half, but misses on clear chances by Diego Costa and Sergio Busquets, among others, showed the writing was on the wall.

Man of the Match

Eduardo Vargas, Chile – The opening goal he scored was ultimately the death blow for Spain.

Buzzy Moment

A group of fans, mostly Chilean, broke into the stadium and stormed the media center of the Maracana before the match before being corralled and detained.

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Best Photo

The mob of fans that swarmed the media center at the Maracana.

What's Next

Spain joins Australia in elimination from Group B thanks to two losses. With wins today, both the Netherlands and Chile move on to the knockout round with six points each, and their seeding to be determined in the third round of matches, but the Netherlands is likely the top seed thanks to the massive goal differential in that 5-1 win over Spain.

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