Spain's World Cup reign ended by 2-0 loss to Chile

Spain's World Cup reign ended by 2-0 loss to Chile

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18: Andres Iniesta of Spain is tackled by Marcelo Diaz of Chile during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 6:08 PM

   RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, was eliminated from World Cup contention Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Chile.
 
   Spain's famed passing game failed against a high-tempo, tenacious Chile team.
 
   Eduardo Vargas tricked goalkeeper Iker Casillas into diving the wrong way, then shot into an unguarded goal in the 20th minute. Charles Aranguiz scored in the 43rd when the ball landed at his feet after Casillas punched out a free kick.
 
   Spain's second loss, after a 5-1 rout by the Netherlands, ended any hope of advancing. Chile and the Netherlands will both advance, regardless of who wins the game between them.

 

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