Wednesday, 18th June
Spain vs Chile in Rio de Janeiro.
Spain and Chile have already met twice in the World Cup Finals: in
Pretoria, at South Africa 2010; and here in Rio de Janeiro,
during the Brazil 1950 finals.
Spain were victorious on both occasions, (2:0) in Brazil and (2:1) in the 2010 Group H Match.
Since then the two teams have played each other two times in
Switzerland; the last match a (2:2) draw in Geneva (10/09/2013).
The American referee, Mark Geiger, gets to take charge of his
second game of the tournament.
It's an important one for Spain; lose again and they're out.
Singing at the top of their voices in the Maracana, the Chilean fans
made it sound like a home game; probably better, even.
Chile started brightly and were soon threading the ball through the
Spanish defence; to earn an early corner.
Eduardo Vargas turned the ball as Casillas rushed towards him, after a swift move from
Chile, to hammer the first nail into Spain's coffin.
Chile continued to frustrate Spain, chasing and closing; not letting
the World Cup holders get into their passing stride.
Then another catastrophe for Casillas; punching an Alexis Sanchez free-kick straight out
to Charles Aranguiz, who trapped the ball then fired it back past the Spaniard.
Half-time: Spain 0 - Chile 2
Spain needed to score at least two goals, Koke was brought on for Xabi Alonso.
Spain started the second-half full of intent but wasted two good
chances early on.
Fernando Torres replaced Diego Costa as Spain continued to search for a way back into the
game with twenty five minutes to go.
The 2010 World Cup winners didn't offer enough in Brazil and became
the first team to get knocked out of the competition. Australia will be going home too.
Final Score: Spain 0 - Chile 2
0:1 - Eduardo Vargas (20 mins)
0:2 - Charles Aranguiz (44 mins)
1-Iker Casillas; 22-Cesar Azpilicueta, 4-Javi Martinez, 15-Sergio Ramos, 18-Jordi Alba;
14-Xabi Alonso, 16-Sergio Busquets, 21-David Silva, 6-Andres Iniesta; 11-Pedro, 19-Diego
1-Claudio Bravo; 17-Gary Medel, 5-Francisco Silva, 18-Gonzalo Jara; 4-Mauricio Isla,
20-Charles Aranguiz, 21-Marcelo Diaz, 2-Eugenio Mena, 8-Arturo Vidal; 7-Alexis Sanchez,
Referee: Mark Geiger - USA
3 yellow cards:
25 mins - Arturo Vidal (Chile)
39 mins - Xabi Alonso (Spain)
60 mins - Eugenio Mena (Chile)
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2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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