Chile knocks out champs in shocker

Chile's Mauricio Isla (left to right), Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal and Gonzalo Jara celebrate...

Chile's Mauricio Isla (left to right), Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal and Gonzalo Jara celebrate after scoring against Spain during their World Cup Group B match at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 18, 2014. (JORGE SILVA/Reuters)

Morris Dalla Costa, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:03 AM ET

RIO DE JANEIRO - While their fans attempted to storm Maracana Stadium, Chile stormed Spain on the pitch.

Chile was much more successful.

Some 80 fans broke down doors and tore down walls attempting to get into the game but were stopped by security.

Soon afterward, Chile tore down the Spanish defence and made it to their goal.

As a result, the defending World Cup champion is going home, failing to make it past the group stage.

Chile defeated Spain 2-0 Wednesday, ending an era of domination and championships for the Spanish.

Spain came into this tournament as the 2010 winner in South Africa and defending 2008 and 2012 Euro champions.

Both Chile and Netherlands have a full six points in the group. They'll meet to determine first and second place while Spain will play a meaningless game against Australia.

It was an ignominious way to go out for a team that over the previous six years was virtually unbeatable.

But soccer has a funny way of catching up to teams.

One day, they are at the top of their game and the next day all the international, club, European Cup and exhibitions suddenly catch up to you.

It appeared to catch up to La Furia Roja, a group that was never anywhere near a furia.

The frustration with their performances was most reflected by normally marble-faced coach Vincente del Bosque.

Every Spanish chance missed or Chile goal caused him obvious pain. Del Bosque spent time prowling the sidelines, something he doesn't do a great deal of.

On the pitch, his team suffered at the hands of a quick Chilean team that loves to pressure.

A lot of the fight went out of Spain early when Eduardo Vargas finished off a four-pass move, finding the back of the net against goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 27th minute.

Spain was still within shouting distance but could do little to trouble Chile keeper Claudio Bravo. The Chile defence, led by centreback Gary Medel, choked off every attack.

One could almost hear the air go out of the Spanish.

It went out permanently in the 43rd minute when the Spanish defence was again caught flatfooted and sluggish. They allowed a rebound to get back to Charles Aranguiz and he beat Casillas easily.

The King is dead.

But Spain's elimination will also likely mean the end of a few other Spanish stalwarts international soccer has come to know.


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