The first shock of the 2014 World Cup headlined Day 2.
Spain, the 2010 World Cup champions, entered with the fourth-highest odds to win the tournament, 7-1, according to Odds Shark. In Spain's first match against the Netherlands, it was favored 10-13 to win. But on Friday, the defending champs were overwhelmed by the underdog, losing by the score of 5-1.
Spain is now in danger of not advancing past the group stage. And the Netherlands, led by Robin van Persie, who outscored Spain by himself with two goals, are the hottest ballclub in the tournament.
Here are the updated group standings and more scores from Day 2.
While Spain vs. the Netherlands didn't end in dramatic fashion, Mexico vs. Cameroon did. Mexico came into the match as a slight, 11-10 favorite to win, according to Odds Shark. It also finished the match with slight leads on time of possession at 58 percent and five shots on goal, compared to Cameroon's four.
But for 61 minutes, the match remained knotted at 0-0. Then 5'6", 157-pound Oribe Peralta made the biggest play of the day, scoring the game-winning goal. Cameroon goalie Charles Itandje recorded three saves on the afternoon, but it wasn't enough.
Of course, Mexico also had two goals disallowed, which Sports Illutrated's Grant Wahl thinks should've counted and sparked a blowout. In that case, the match obviously wouldn't have been a nail-biter:
Mexico is an underdog to advance out of Group A behind Brazil and Croatia, but it took the first step in beating those odds on Friday.
The scoreboard for Chile vs. Australia alone doesn't make the match look like a nail-biter because Jean Beausejour nailed a goal 92 minutes in to put Chile up, 3-1. But Australia could've at least came away with a draw. It managed to fire four shots on goal, but Chile goalie Claudio Bravo played phenomenal, finishing with three saves.
According to Numbers Never Lie, Chile has improved drastically the past two World Cups in its opening matches:
Chile jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, with Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia scoring goals in the 12th and 14th minutes, respectively. Australia's Tim Cahill responded in the 35th, but he didn't get enough help to close the gap. Odds Shark listed Chile as a 25-46 favorite to win, so this was the least surprising outcome of the day.
Chile and Mexico took care of business today. Spain didn't. And according to ESPN Stats & Info, the Spaniards have their work cut out for them:
If one of the most accomplished clubs in Spain history wants to make noise in this year's World Cup, it's going to need to bounce back with a vengeance next Wednesday against Chile.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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