Jamie Squire

Spain vs. Chile, 2014 World Cup: Defending champions eliminated

The defending champions have been eliminated from the World Cup. Chile defeated Spain 2-0 to send themselves through to the knockout stage and eliminate the 2010 winners.

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Spain gambled on their own brilliance ... and lost

Two resounding defeats have sent the defending champions crashing out of the 2014 World Cup, and have surely brought the curtain down on one of the finest international sides the world has ever seen.

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All the Chile fans celebrate win over Spain

How many Chileans gathered in downtown Santiago to celebrate a win over the defending World Cup champs? Oh, just about all of 'em.

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Ref recovers from handshake snub so smoothly

What handshake? Was just wiping my brow.

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What Chile burying Spain does and doesn't mean

RIP Spanish national team, you had a good run.

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Spain, Xavi and the end of a dynasty

Here's why it happened.

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Spain's reign ends as Chile dethrone the champions

Chile send champions Spain crashing out of the 2014 World Cup with a stunning 2-0 victory.

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Spain eliminated from World Cup

Defending champions Spain have been eliminated at the group stages of the World Cup.

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Busquets with the miss of the tournament

Spain are struggling, but they should be within one goal of Chile. They're not, because Sergio Busquets just came up with this truly awful miss.

All he had to do was side-foot it in to an empty net. The ball isn't even bouncing. It's just sitting up perfectly for him. If it happened in the middle of the pitch, Busquets would have made a perfect pass to a teammate, but in front of the goal, he choked. It's still 2-0 Chile.

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Koke on for Alonso

Vicente Del Bosque has made a bold halftime substitution, bringing on Koke for Xabi Alonso in a bid to chase down Spain's 2-0 deficit. Chile has outplayed Spain in midfield, particularly Xabi Alonso, and the Real Madrid man is who has been removed in favor of Atlético Madrid's starlet.

Alonso's always been an odd fit in Spain's midfield -- he's a completely unnecessary player in a midfield that includes Sergio Busquets and an advanced playmaker -- but they've won titles with him starting because they've simply had the most talented side. But talent alone doesn't carry them anymore, and this switch is a positive one. Especially given that Alonso picked up a yellow card in the first half, could have had another and gave the ball away a few times.

Koke is a different kind of player to Alonso and should provide a spark. While Alonso sits deep without actually doing any defending, Koke is much more energetic. He'll work harder defensively and has a knack for scoring goals from midfield.

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How do Chile fans feel about this 2-0 lead?

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Chile killing Spain

Spain are putting together yet another absolutely disastrous match. They conceded a goal to Eduardo Vargas early and they've conceded again, with Charles Aranguiz -- the man who assisted the opening goal -- scoring off a rebound.

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That's Alexis Sanchez -- the guy who played the great pass before the assist on the first goal -- with the free kick. So it's the same guys involved in every big play, and Spain have no idea what to do about it.

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Vargas gives Chile the lead

This World Cup has been an absolute disaster for Spain already, and it's only getting worse. Eduardo Vargas has scored to put Chile 1-0 ahead of them early, and the finish wasn't even close to the best part of the goal.

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That assist by Charles Aranguiz. That pass before the assist by Alexis Sanchez. Amazing goal.

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Chile fans aren't screwing around

I WILL SCREAM THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE.

And here's everyone singing the anthem after FIFA shut it off. It was amazing.

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Chile fans break into the Maracana

They've broken stuff and now they're just sitting in the Maracana.

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Changes as Spain face must-win Chile clash

Spain have dropped Xavi and Gerard Pique for their game against Chile, but Diego Costa and Iker Casillas retain their places in the Champions' starting XI.

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How can Spain recover against Chile?

Spain suffered the worst possible start to the defense of their World Cup crown, and they'll have to get things back on track against Chile.

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