RED HOT CHILE SNIPERS; BRAZIL 2014: END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS BRAZIL 2014: END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS BRAZIL 2014: END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS South American Underdogs Pick off World Champs and Send Them Home after Just Seven Days

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RED HOT CHILE SNIPERS; BRAZIL 2014: END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS BRAZIL 2014: END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS BRAZIL 2014: END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS END OF AN ERA AS SPAIN FEEL THE PAIN OF BEING BIG-TIME LOSERS South American Underdogs Pick off World Champs and Send Them Home after Just Seven Days


Byline: SPAIN 0 CHILE 2 FROM CARL ASKEW IN MARACANA SPAIN 0 CHILE 2 FROM CARL ASKEW IN MARACANA

when the mightiest fall, the whole earth trembles.

And after six years of international dominance, Spain produced the worst defence of a World Cup in history.

One of the greatest teams we have ever seen, humbled after just three hours in Brazil.

Vicente Del Bosque's side are now left to contemplate a dead rubber against Australia and the first flight back home.

This was a tournament too far for the world and European champions, a team who have not just ruled the roost but redefined the way this game is played, elevating pass-and-move into an art form.

Yet time waits for no man, even those touched by genius, and this Spanish team has been allowed to creep over the hill.

Like Italy four years ago and an ageing French side in 2002, the champions will be heading home after the group stage.

Holland exposed their weaknesses in emphatic style and last night Chile applied the toreador's thrust, putting the Spanish out of their misery.

This was another nightmare for keeper Iker Casillas, retained after a shocker against the Dutch but at fault for both of Chile's first-half goals, from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz.

The art of management is often knowing when loyalty must make way for ruthlessness and here Del Bosque failed.

Chile were outstanding, blending muscle with majesty and they may go deep into this tournament.

Brazil will certainly be hoping to avoid their fellow South Americans in the last 16.

Del Bosque had promised to ring the changes after the 5-1 loss to Holland but only two players were ditched - Barcelona duo Xavi and Gerard Pique.

Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez replaced Pique at the back while Pedro came in for his Nou Camp team-mate in midfield.

Spain's fragile confidence suffered another blow in the first minute as Chile came close to scoring the opener.

Some great footwork from Alexis Sanchez set up a shooting chance for Vargas but he dallied too long and the ball was eventually deflected wide.

Gonzalo Jara then sent a header wide from the corner to set more alarm bells ringing.

The champions soon settled into their stride though and only a smart save from Claudio Bravo denied Xabi Alonso when the ball broke to him in the box. That proved to be a crucial save as Chile stormed ahead in 19 minutes after a slack Alonso pass had gifted them possession.

Sanchez cut inside from the right to find Aranguiz who picked out Vargas with a square pass.

Casillas went to ground in a bid to block but the striker's sublime first touch took the keeper out of play before he slotted into the net.

The match, and the World Cup, then slipped further out of Spain's reach two minutes before the break as Casillas had another moment to forget. …

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