The Death of Spain: By Chilean Hands
Pre-Game: I’m interested to see what Spain’s changes will be and to see if they will affect their play.
I have Chile winning this game, which will knock Spain out of the tournament after 2 games in the group.
I thought that Iniesta and Xavi should have been removed from the starting lineup. I also believe that the defensive line needs to change. It looked awful against Holland.
Good to see that Pique and Xavi aren’t starting. Now that I think about it, Fabregas should have started over Costa because Costa was also horrible again Holland.
Also happy to see that Vidal is playing. Would have been easier to pick Spain if he didn’t play.
Halftime: The high pressing, high intensity strategy of the Chileans is getting the best of Spain. We could see the fall of Spain today. I’m so excited!
I don’t know if the Chileans can keep up the pressure and speed all 90 minutes, and they may be their downfall. If they can, this game is over. If not, Spain could easily squeak out a 2-2 draw.
Chile started the game off very strong. Had they had a better touch in the box, they could have scored in the first minute. Spain also had its run of chances in the fifteenth minute to no avail.
What a good goal that Chile scored. Again, the Spanish line of defense is plain awful this World Cup. Chile has too much speed and quickness up top to contend with.
The 2nd goal was all Casillas’s fault. After Spain gave away a free kick in a dangerous spot, the free kick was not that great. It cleared the wall, but Casillas could have caught the ball. Instead he decides to punch it right into the middle of the field to a Chilean player. If he wanted to punch it instead of catching it, punch it to the corner flag, up over the goal, or out-of-bounds. But he forgot the first rule of goalkeeping and defending, get the ball out of the middle. How could a world-class goalkeeper make such a mental error? This truly might be the death of Spain’s run.
Post Game: After time-wasting away the 2nd half away, Chile defeats defending world champion Spain 2-0.
It seems to perfect that a major thunderstorm is moving through Cleveland County as I write about the demise of the Spanish national team. Chile defended like banshees, but didn’t really need a performance of the ages to beat Spain tonight. Everything that Spain did today was wrong. Bad passes, lost possession, shots off target, etc. This team is far from what it used to be. It might one day be that dominant Spanish team, but it won’t be with these players. Time will tell how many of these players will be back for the World Cup in 2018, but my guess would be that the number could be counted on one hand.
A few things are already for certain, however. We will have a new world Cup Champion. Spain and Australia have been eliminated from the World Cup and will play a consolation game in a few days. Chile and Holland are through to the knockout stage and will battle to see who avoids Brazil in the next round.
If the teams really want to avoid Brazil, neither will want to lose the third game in the group. However, Holland are in a slightly better position being +5 in goal differential. A draw in the Chile game will see them through in first place.
Where things would REALLY get interesting is if Brazil finishes second in Group A. Then if Chile and Holland are trying to avoid Brazil, they would need to LOSE the 3rd game in the group. Have you ever seen a sport where both teams are trying to lose? Try watching two teams tank the NBA season away in order to get the best lottery pick. It’s painful.
That being said, I HOPE Brazil finishes at the top of Group A and we avoid all of this discussion of losing to get a better spot. It takes away the integrity of the sport.
Whoops. I just realized I’m taking away the spotlight from Chile and not giving them enough credit and admiration. Chile looks like the best team in the group. Everyone thought that the top two South American teams with the best chance of winning the World Cup were Brazil and Argentina, but after the dismal display Argentina gave us, lets move Chile into 2nd place on that list. Their biggest threat is a tall team that might send in a lot of crosses. That means Germany. If Chile can avoid Germany and injuries, they will make a deep run in this tournament. Perhaps, knocking out the host country on the way.