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Chile made a magnificent start in their second match against defenders Spain in Group B at the Estádio do Maracanã here on Wednesday. They were leading 2-0 at half-time.
Three World Cup holders have been ousted after the group stages after Italy (1950 and 2010), Brazil (1966) and France (2002). Spain, with its loss, becomes the fourth member of the club although its record of getting eliminated even before completing its group game schedule is unique. [Read here]
Chile advanced to the second round of the WC after the Netherlands
The South Americans made a good build-up in the game and their first reward came in the 20th minute when Eduardo Vargas ran through the Spanish defence to fool Iker Casillas, the goalkeeper, to score.
The second Chilean strike came in the 43rd minute when Casillas punched a free-kick from Alexis Sanchez unconvincingly and Charles Aranguiz made the full use of the captain's untidy work with a toe push.
Casillas, who played his 156th match today, surpassed compatriot Andoni Zubizaretta in terms of the most number of World Cup appearances (17).