Spain vs. Chile World Cup 2010 Live Blog: Results, Scores, Play by Play
It really is a do or die moment for Spain. Much similar to the England match on Wednesday, Spain need to win and hope their result is better than Switzerland's in order to go through. Chile just need to hope that Switzerland don't win in order to book their place in the final 16. It should be a tight affair, but Spain do have that extra bit of quality.
Team news for Spain includes Andres Iniesta being brought back in for Jesus Navas. Torres and Villa both start, other than that, there are no changes.
Valdivia is in for Matias Fernandez and Mark Gonzalez is replacing Humberto Suazo up front. They are the only changes in the Chile side.
The teams line up as follows
Casillas, Pique, Puyol, Capdevilia, Sergio Ramos, Iniesta, Xavi, Alonso, Busquets, Villa, Torres
Bravo, Ponce, Isla, Medel, Jara, Vidal, Valdivia, Gonzalez, Estrada, Sanchez, Beausejour
With 15 minutes until kick off, It should be noted that the winners of this game will take on Portugal, and the losers...Brazil. Should be easy then.
FULL TIME. Spain have got the job done. Chile attacked and played some good football but Spain put their chances away. Second half wasn't the best example of international football I have ever seen but at this stage, when all is said and done, only the result mattered. For both teams, this result was perfect. Spain 2-1 Chile
91.00- Still no Silva.
88.00- David Silva is wanting to come on. He's been waiting for nearly 5 minutes, but the ball hasn't gone out of play.
Nice shot of Bielsa sneezing then. It was that or he was hocking up an almighty spit ball. Thats pretty much the highlight of this game right about now.
Spain are going to play kickabout for the last ten minutes. It seems both seem aware that they are going through as it stands.
78.00- Chile have noticeably pushed up. Seem they are looking for that break.
Del Bosque's moustache is entering the realms of handlebar-esque.
74.00- Some sloppy play by Capdevilia lead to Orellana taking a shot from distance. Capdevilia doesn't seem comfortable at all tonight. Seems to be struggling for pace and against pacy players.
73.00- Xabi Alonso has gone off for Javier Martinez. Clearly protecting him for Portugal.
71.00- The game has slowed to a snails pace. Javi Martinez is ready to come on by the looks of it.
65.00- Orellana is on for Sanchez. Why, I don't know. Sanchez has been a threat all night.
62.00- Ponce cuts out a certain goal-scoring chance for David Villa. Spain, from nowhere can suddenly become dangerous.
61.00- Chile have calmed down their tackling. They don't seem as urgent. But still troublesome with their pace.
57.00- Good link up play for Spain. Xavi, Iniesta and Villa seem telepathic as they passed the ball into the box.
55.00- Torres has come off. Replaced by Cesc Fabregas. Something looks up with Torres. He seemed disconsulate as he came off. Spain go to 4-5-1
53.00- Chile are playing some lovely football. Spreading it and making sure Sanchez gets plenty of it.
50.00- Decent chance for Spain. Good cross from Iniesta, just couldn't find the head of Villa
46.00- GOAL Rodrigo Millar has just scored. Great curling shot from just outside the box. Took a defelction but great none the less. Spain 2-1 Chile
Rodrigo Millar is on for Chile, replacing Jorge Valdivia. It's a relief that Xabi Alonso is ok.
So, the half time analysis shows that Estrada's second booking was for accidentally tripping Torres. He seems very unlucky with that booking. Sergio Ramos reacted and gesticulated like Estrada had shot his Mum.
Half Time- Spain will be happy with this. Job done for them, whilst Chile will obviously hope they don't concede more and Switzerland fail to win. It does seem as a contest, that the game is over.
A sending off for Chile will be the worst thing possible. Spain can now hold possession almost at will. Waldo Ponce has just got away with a horrible challenge on Xabi Alonso. Chile just don't seem to be able to tackle.
Spain look comfortable at the moment. Chile's earlier promise seems to be evaporating
37.00- Estrada has been sent off for Chile. Not overly sure what for, but it was a second yellow. The whole thing ruminated from a melee after the second goal.
35.00- GOAL. Spain have scored a good goal there. Andres Iniesta tucked away the ball in the bottom corner after a great pass from Villa and superb vision from Torres.
34.00- Beausejour managed to lose Capdevilia, ran through towards the goal but chipped the ball wide. That was a great chance to level.
31.00- Chile seem the most adventurous. Sanchez made a good run there, but Valdivia couldn't find him
Chile seem to be looking for an immediate reply, but Spain have gone slightly deeper now. Soaking up the pressure very well.
23.00- GOAL. Spain score as Claudio Bravo decides to run up the pitch to try and clear a ball, misses, ball falls to Villa and he shoots from distance to put it into an empty net. What was Bravo doing? Spain 1-0 Chile
20.00- "6.9" anguished roll on the ground by Sergio Busquets. Very good clutch of his ankle as well for effect
17.00- Chile seem to using the wings alot. Getting at Sergio Ramos might prove effective.
Freddy Mercury look-alike reffing tonight
13.00- One of those "is it a shot, or a cross" moments as Sanchez chips a ball in the box and Casillas tips away
11.00- Another shot from Gonzalez. Brings out a save from Casillas.
10.00- Great chance for Chile. Cut open the Spain defence as Beusejour found space and drilled a cross for Gonzalez to shoot wide. Warning signs for Spain
Spain look weird in blue. One player Spain will have to mark carefully is Alexis Sanchez. He is so quick he puts Jesus Navas to shame.
5.00- Sprightly start from Spain. They seem to be willing to push forward. So good in posession.
4.00- Torres almost through on goal. But shot over, after pressure from Isla
3.00- A ball just came into the box, after a good ball from Iniesta. Torres jumped but couldn't control the header.
1.00- Puyol's hair doesn't look as voluptuous tonight
Chile have the worst National anthem I have ever heard.
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