SPAIN 0 – 2 CHILE
ADIOS, SPAIN! SPAIN ARE GOING HOME!
The World Cup holders from 2010 have been beaten twice – once by Holland (5-1) and again by Chile ( 2-0). In this tournament, the previous World Cup winners have only scored ONE goal – a Xabi Alonso penalty in the game against the Dutch, which gave them a 1-0 lead at the time (however Holland would score 5 more later on in the game). WHO would have expected Spain to score so little and not win against their group opponents? I never had much faith in Fernando Torres (he’s been out of match practice due to being on Chelsea’s substitute bench far too much), but as soon as you use another striker, that shouldn’t pose a problem and Spain had Diego Costa – a player who won the league (La Liga) and got to Champions League Final with Atletico Madrid. He knows how to score and is cool under pressure on even the biggest competitions in football, but it just hasn’t happened for his country.
The match had plenty of action. It’s not like Spain just lay down and died. They fought pretty hard but they squandered the chances they were given… there was some opportunities where Spain were fed the ball and were inside the 6 yard box. They then proceeded to miss, with some shots going wide or over the bar – the Chile goalkeeper didn’t have much to save as Spain just weren’t being accurate enough to force any spectacular heroism from Bravo (yes, that’s his real name, BRAVO! well done goalkeeper, bravo. LOL).
Chile scored their two goals and then proceeded to defend heavily, never really pushing for a third as they obviously thought their two goal lead was enough for them to get their win. They were proven right at the whistle for full time, eventually.
The goals came from from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz in the first half and the second half was just Chile defending while Spain were attacking but failing to score when they had chance. Fernando Torres would come on as substitute for Diego Costa in the 64th minute but despite having a half hour (including injury time) to prove himself, he did not show the same form he had shown in the 2010 World Cup where he helped his country win the entire tournament.
KEY PLAYERS: Vargas and Aranguiz were on top form and provided the goals needed to ensure Spain would not be continuing to the knockout stage.
Xabi Alonso tried hard but unlike his game against Holland, he did not manage to score first or give his team the lead.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.