Oh dear, Spain, the world champion, is out after only two games. It was my favorite, too, but I guess it makes things interesting. I’m sure there’s deep gloom and incomprehension in Iberia today. Sadly, didn’t see the game as I had visitors.
Which team shall I favor now? Netherlands, who are playing well (3-2 over Australia yesterday)?
Here’s today’s schedule. I’d like to watch England vs. Uruguay, but my duties preclude me from watching all but the 5 p.m. game, but that one is Japan vs. Greece.
Here are all the highlights and goals of the Spain-Chile game. Chile’s first drive starts about 2:00 (a beautiful goal), the second, a tap into the net after a failed free-kick, is at 3:40. Claudio Bravo, Chile’s goalkeeper, was great.
Spain’s era came to an end at the Maracanã, graveyard of great expectations. This was not 1950 and Iker Casillas is not Moacir Barbosa, nor is Charles Aránguiz Acides Ghiggia, but it was historic. The world and double European champions became the first team to leave the 2014 World Cup, knocked out of a major tournament for the first time in eight years.
As the second half slipped away, so did Spain’s vital signs. Casillas, the captain who lifted the trophy four years ago, wore a haunted look. Diego Costa, the man Spain had ‘signed’, had departed to insults, unable to score. And Xavi, the ideologue of a philosophy this team espoused, never even took to the field. There was symbolism in his absence. He will probably not be back; Casillas may not be either. Between them they have 289 caps and every medal there is.
There was a certain sadness in seeing a golden generation end it this way, broken and beaten, but there was joy in being caught up in the dynamism of a Chile team that may yet make an even greater impact on this tournament. There was joy in their fans too.
And the Google Doodle continues to be both animated and about the World Cup. Click on the screenshot below to see it: