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Defending Champions Spain Knocked Out of World Cup


Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas dives trying to save a ball from Chile's Charles Aranguiz (not pictured) during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 18, 2014.

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas dives trying to save a ball from Chile's Charles Aranguiz (not pictured) during their 2014 World Cup Group B soccer match at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 18, 2014.

Defending champions, Spain, were Wednesday knocked out of the 2014 World Cup on the 7th day of the tournament when they were beaten 2-0 by Chile.

Eduardo Vagas scored for Chile in the 20th minute before Charles Aranguiz sealed the game in the 43rd minute.

Spain struggled to come back in the second half but Chile defended their two goals to send the 2010 champions anchored at the bottom of Group B.

In another 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Netherlands beat Australia 3-2 in a Group B match played in Porto Alegre.

Twenty minutes after kick off Netherlands striker Arjen Robben took the ball down the half-way line and slid it past Australian keeper, Mathew Ryan, registering a goal for the Dutch.

Incredibly, a minute after the first goal by the Dutch, Australia's Tim Cahill levelled the match with a spectacular volley. Australia was awarded a penalty in 54th minute which captain Mile Jedinak converted with ease. The Netherlands' Robin Van Persie equalised the Dutch.

The Netherlands took the lead in the 68th minute through Memphis Depay, sending the Dutch fans worldwide into a frenzy.

After Wednesday's win, the Netherlands bagged some valuable points needed to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

The final match Wednesday sees Croatia and Cameroon who carry the hopes of Africa on their backs, two teams in group A that lost their opening games and need a good result to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

The two top teams in Group A, host country Brazil and Mexico, played a goalless draw Tuesday. The result left both teams with four points, but Brazil is ahead on goal difference.

In Group H on Tuesday, substitutes scored two late goals to lift Belgium to a 2-1 win over Algeria, while Russia and South Korea each earned one point with a 1-1 draw. Nicolas Pinault

Nicolas Pinault

Studio7's Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye spoke to Voice Of America’s sports correspondent Nicolas Pinault who is in Brazil on the fixtures so far.
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