TT Epaper
The Telegraph
TT Photogallery
 
CIMA Gallary

Chileans change the script

Rio de Janeiro: Defending champions Spain made an inglorious exit from the World Cup after losing 0-2 to Chile, at the iconic Maracana, on Wednesday.

The result not only knocked out the Spaniards, it also ensured that Chile and Holland sealed their berths in the knock-out stage from Group B.

The Chile-Holland match, in Sao Paulo, on Monday will decide who top the group.

Eduardo Vargaz and Charles Aranguiz were the scorers for Chile.

Trailing 0-2 at half-time, one expected Spain to come out all guns blazing in their bid to stay alive in the tournament. But that was hardly the case with Chile proving to be equally determined to seal their spot in the next round. Spain attacked with all their might, but Chile looked equally dangerous whenever they counter-attacked.

Vargaz fired home from 10 metres after 20 minutes following good work by Aranguiz, who added the second two minutes before half-time with a low shot.

Spain had to weather a bit of a storm from the Chileans in the first-half. The free-flowing football that had made Spain world champions simply didn’t work against the smart and fast Chileans. The shaky defence made errors and Chile were prompt to cash in on them. Also, one wonders if an experienced ’keeper like Iker Casillas could have done more to thwart Aranguiz.

Meanwhile, some 200 Chilean fans stormed the Maracana media centre around an hour before the kick-off, raising major concerns for Fifa and tournament organisers.

The fans charged through a security checkpoint before smashing down a glass door, witnesses said, and invading the working room. (Agencies)