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Spain have been knocked out at the group stage, after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Chile in Rio De Janiero. 

Two first half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz sealed their fate in the end, as Spain flattered to decieve, in what many believe is the end of an era. 

The Spaniards started with the same side which lost 5-1 to the Netherlands, with Del Bosque opting to pick under fire keeper Casillas, meanwhile Vidal was fit enough to start for Chile.

Chile started well from the off, and Vargas forced Ramos into a mistake, as the Real Madrid centre back had to force the ball behid for a corner. 

Gonzalo Jara then headed just wide from a Sanchez corner, as Chile started superbly. 

After eight minutes, Ramos saw his diverted header clawed away by Claudio Bravo. 

With 14 minutes gone, Pedro then poked his effort towards goal, which was saved by the legs of Bravo, as Spain looked to grab an opener. 

Four minutes later, Chile found a goal which would rock Spain, as Vargas completed a fine move by rounding Casillas and side footing home. 

Sanchez and Vidal exchanged some lovely neat passes after hitting the Spanish on the counter, with Sanchez picking out Vargas in the middle, with the winger keeping his cool before taking a touch, rounding Casillas and netting home. 

The goal seemed to shock Spain, and struggled to break a resilient Chile defence down. 

Xabi Alonso wasted an opportunity, after he lashed over from outside the penalty area, following a decent knock down by Costa with 23 minutes played. 

After 30 minutes, Diego Costa beat Jara, before stabbing into the side netting. 

Chile looked for a second, and Pique had to head a teasing Sanchez cross to safety. 

Bravo then had to command his area, rising high to claim a corner with 35 minutes played. 

The Chilien side looked to take a hold of the game, with the trio of Vargas, Vidal and Sanchez caused the Spanish all sorts of problems, with Vargas skimming an effort past Casillas far post. 

It went from bad to worse for Spain, as Chile found a second after 43 minutes. 

Casillas punched Sanchez’ dipping free kick straight to the feet of Charles Aranguiz, who took a touch in a crowded box, before hitting a half volley with the inside of his foot past the desparing dive of Casillas. 

Spain came out in the second half craving a goal, with Ramos seeing his dipping free kick saved by Bravo after 53 minutes, from the follow up, Sergio Busquets scuffed an effort past Bravo’s far post from a Diego Costa cross. 

Del Bosque’s side huffed and puffed, but couldn’t find a goal, with Costa going close on the hour mark, as Spain were growing in frustration. 

Chile were knocking the ball around well, with Vidal sprying the ball across the pitch superbly. 

And there pressure almost found a third, as Isla streched to reach Sanchez’ fizzing ball into the box, however the midfielder was unable to properly get on the end of the ball, and hit the ball high over the bar.

Fernando Torres was then thrusted on, as Del Bosque’s side had nine minutes to find two goals. 

Spain’s final effort was a Santi Cazorla effort, which was well saved by Bravo after 83 minutes. 

Chile hung on to advance to the next stage, with Spain eliminated with many questions asked. 

By Ben Reardon 

@BenReardon1

 

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