Defending Champions Spain have been knocked out of the 2014 World Cup after going down to Chile 2-0 at the Maracana in Rio De Janeiro this morning.
Bookmakers and experts were expecting Spain to bounce back from their opening game humiliation against The Netherlands and keep their World Cup hopes alive with a victory over Chile, but the Spaniards produced another uninspiring performance.
Chile stormed out of the gates in the early stages of the match and were lucky not to score two goals in the opening two minutes, while Spain were unable to riding their usual passing rhythm that has made them the best team in the world for the past six years.
Xabi Alonso never looked comfortable in the contest and it was a turnover from his boot that led to Chile’s first goal; with Eduardo Vargas finishing off a great piece of play from Alexis Sanchez and Charles Aranguiz.
Spain failed to react positively to Chile’s opening goal and looked as though they were trying too hard to find the equalizer required to keep their tournament alive.
The Spaniards created a few half chances through Diego Costa and David Silva towards the end of the second half, but their assignment became even tougher when the horror tournament of captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas continued.
Casillas meekly punched await a shot from Sanchez and Aranguiz was there to pick up the scraps, sending the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to give Chile a two goals to nothing lead.
Spain desperately tried to get back into the game in the second half, but to no avail and joined Italy (1950 and 2010) and France (2002) as the only defending World Cup champions to miss out on qualifying for the second round of the tournament.
The result has left the future of Spanish coach Vincente Del Bosque as well as some of their more experienced players in question, but the World Cup winning gaffer said that he would not be rushing to any decisions.
”We need to look at what’s best for Spanish football, including myself,” Del Bosque said.
”We have no excuses.
”We were too slow and timid from the start today.
“It’s a sad day for all of the players and it is time to think about the future.”
Chile secured qualification for the second round for the second World Cup in a row and will have the opportunity to finish on top of Group B by beating The Netherlands next weekend.
The Netherlands ($2.40) are favourites in betting markets for the clash with Ladbrokes.com.au, but Chile have shortened into a quote of $2.80.