Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:12 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO- Spain coach Vicente del Bosque could not hide his disappointment after the holders were eliminated from the World Cup following a 2-0 defeat to Chile on Wednesday.
“It is a sad day for all of us,” he said after Spain were left without a point from two games in Group B, having lost 5-1 to the Netherlands in their opening match last Friday.
“We are sorry we didn’t succeed (but) now is too early to analyse where we go from here.
“We were inferior to both Holland and Chile. They got the goals and gave us a mountain to climb. We were too timid in the first half and did not react sufficiently in the second.
“The first goal really buoyed them and they really got into our faces.
#Five facts on Spain’s reign as the world’s number one team that ended following Tuesday 0-2 defeat against Chile.
+ Coached by the late unorthodox Luis Aragones Spain announced themselves as the new force in world football by going unbeaten through the 2008 European Championships and ended a 44-year wait for a major trophy.
+ Went on a record 35 match unbeaten run — including a record 15 successive wins — from 2006 to 2009 ended by the United States in the Confederation Cup in South Africa.
Lost and Won
+ With Vicente del Bosque in charge, Spain returned to South Africa in 2010 and despite an opening 1-0 defeat to Switzerland went on to become the only team apart from Brazil to win the World Cup outside their home continent.
Defend Euro title
+ In 2012 Spain became the first side to successfully defend the European Championship title with a 4-0 hammering of Italy in the final.
+ Spain’s emergence as the footballing superpower was in parallel with the dominance of Barcelona on the European stage using the tiki-taka passing game. Aragones and del Bosque, a former coach of Real Madrid, based their teams round Barcelona playmaker Xavi. As Barcelona have declined so have Spain.