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Loftus Versfeld Stadium (ATT 41,958) 25th June 2010 - Kick off 19:30

Chile Chile vs Spain Spain

Chile 1

M Estrada (S/O 37)
R Millar (47)


Spain 2

D Villa (24)
A Iniesta (37)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:25 pm, June 25th 2010

  1. Quite the absurd final 15 minutes or so. A cure of insomniacs, as they say. Thank you for all your comments. Stay with us for post-match reaction, player ratings and the like.

  2. Spain are definitely through and face Portugal next week. The other game is over so Chile are also into the last 16 and will tackle Brazil.

  3. Full-time. Chile 1 Spain 2.

  4. 90+2

    Expect boos. Hell, I want to boo.

  5. 90

    Two minutes of added time will be played. Silva has been waiting to come on for some time now. Silly this. Just blow the whistle.

  6. 90

    And stretch. And remember to breathe. This game is a goner.

  7. 89

    This is ridiculous. Spain are just passing the ball around their back four. Yawn. Sorry about this, people.

  8. 87

    Shame. Most exciting thing in the last 15 minutes is going on in the stands as a camera pans to two arguing fans. It quickly pans away when fisticuffs looks imminent.

  9. 85

    Fabregas' passing over the last five minutes has been a little sloppy, often gifting the ball back to Chile. Just five minutes left here...

  10. 83

    The tempo has significantly dropped. It's at a snail's pace at present.

  11. 82

    Chile look cream-crackered, and who can blame them? They have chased everything this evening.

  12. 80

    The lineman's flag goes up after Paredes peels off his man. The right call.

  13. 78

    The ref hands Chile a free-kick despite a poor tackle from Paredes. The decision should most certainly have gone the other way.

  14. 76

    Iniesta has a pop from range, but it goes miles over. Miles.

  15. 75

    Javi Martinez's first touch is a deflected cross. Still, Chile are going through as it stands.

  16. 73

    Villa clips a cross into the box but it is a little to heavy. Javi Martinez is coming on for Alonso, who has been hacked on several occasions.

  17. 71

    Alonso gesticulates at the ref after being caught late once more. Chile love a late bite in the tackle.

  18. 68

    Chile are waiting for their moment to pounce, but Spain are retaining possession very well.

  19. 66

    Orellana is on for the impressive Sanchez. Odd change.

  20. 65

    Another fine last-ditch challenge from Chile. This time Isla slides to deny Villa.

  21. 63

    Super, super defending from Ponce as he lunges to block a winding-up Villa. Spain are within touching distance of a third.

  22. 62

    Another threaded ball by Fabregas almost finds Villa, but the latter's control lets him down.

  23. 60

    Fabregas dinks a ball into Villa, who lashes a thin air. He so almost pulled off a fine flick but alas failed.

  24. 58

    A goal in the other game could very much change the Spanish mood. If Switzerland go in front, then Spain would be one goal away from going out of the tournament. A Chile goal that is.

  25. 56

    Immediate statement of intent from Fabregas as he demands the ball then flicks back to a team-mate. Not a bad sub, that fella.

  26. 54

    Sanchez is a great player, isn't he. Change for Spain: the very disappointing Torres is replaced by Fabregas.

  27. 52

    I am surprised that Xabi Alonso is back on the field for the second half. He looked in some pain following that nasty tackle from Ponce. As I type, Villa drives in a strike from the left but Bravo is there comfortably.

  28. 49

    Chile are almost in on goal again, but the flag is up for offside. Great start to the second period from the South Americans.

  29. What an impact, eh. Rodrigo Millar, on as a half-time sub, curls an effort goalwards. The strike takes a deflection and plops home. 2-1, and game on.

  30. 47

    GOAL!!! Rodrigo Millar scores for Chile!

  31. 46

    Paredes and Rodrigo Millar are on for Gonzalez and Valdivia.

  32. 46

    Chile get the second period started. There have been two changes. Two seconds while I update you on those...

  33. So, as it stands, both Chile and Spain will qualify for the last 16. Spain will top the group, which means they will meet Portugal in the next round.

  34. Half-time. Chile 0 Spain 2.

  35. 45+2

    Chile's game has overstepped the mark at times. Just then, Ponce lunged crudely on Xabi Alonso. The midfielder is in some pain.

  36. 45

    Two added minutes will be played.

  37. 44

    It's all gone rather bitty. Chile are nipping at Spain, and the ref is having to stop play every few seconds for a free-kick.

  38. 42

    So, all hell broke loose. Having reviewed several replays, Estrada can probably count himself unlucky to have been dismissed for that. It seemed an accidental clip on Torres. The crossing of runs. Nonetheless, they are two goals down, Chile, and struggling dearly as they are a man short too.

  39. Right, Iniesta's goal was superb. He guided the ball home with his right boot. The midfielder arrowed it something lovely into the bottom corner. Just prior to the goal, Torres went down in a heap. Then, after the goal was scored, the ref sent off Estrada. Replays show the Chile player clipped feet of Torres and subsequently was given a second yellow. And breathe...

  40. 38

    Estrada has been sent off, apparently.

  41. Hold on, something is happening after the goal. Possible red card on its way...

  42. 37

    GOAL!!! - Iniesta scores for Spain!

  43. 36

    Shout for a penalty as Torres is barged over. Nothing doing from the ref.

  44. 35

    Pique arguably should have just done better when attacking a corner. His header flew over. Then, second later, Beausejour races through and clips a shot wide via a deflection. Could have been 1-1.

  45. 34

    This match is of a high tempo. Fast passing and super pressing. Lovely stuff.

  46. 32

    Puyol just got away with some mis-control. Fortunate.

  47. 29

    Our site editor for the evening has just highlighted the commentator's curse that went before the goal. See minutes 23 and 24 for further info...

  48. 28

    Estrada is a lucky boy. He could have gone just then for another rash challenge. Ref keeps a second yellow in his pocket though.

  49. 27

    Right, Villa's finish was sensational, a truly wonderful wave of the wand. However, Bravo's decision to come charging out of his goal was madness, just madness.

  50. Terrible decision from the keeper to come charging out from his goal as Torres scampers forward. Bravo clears but the ball falls straight to Villa, who hits it first time with his left foot. His shot curls home wonderfully. A world-class finish from distance.

  51. 24

    GOAL!!! Villa scores a stunner for Spain!

  52. 23

    Without meaning to sound patronising, Chile have really impressed me. I mean, they have in their previous two games, but tonight they look very up for this. Spain are struggling.

  53. 21

    Estrada is also carded, again the challenge is daft and a little naughty.

  54. 20

    Capdevila's thrown slips out of his hands. He gets another go though, says the ref. Meanwhile, booking for Ponce for lashing out at Torres. Could have gone for that. He flicked a boot at the striker. Ponce will also miss the next game, should Chile go through.

  55. 18

    Chile look very good indeed. They are moving the ball well while their defensive shape has been solid.

  56. 16

    Medel is carded for a tackle that saw him show studs. He misses the next game, according to the commentary I am listening to. If they get through of course.

  57. 14

    Sanchez just tried a very cheeky chip, forcing Casillas to tip over the crossbar. Corner came to nothing mind.

  58. 12

    Chile's system is making for fascinating position, the way it adapts between defence and attack.

  59. 10

    Ooo. Gonzalez should possibly have put Chile in front following some fine football from the South American nation. The ball was just behind Gonzalez, who could only smash over.

  60. 8

    Torres looks hungry, always looking to spin off the defender's shoulder. Chile keeper Bravo just got a warning for time-wasting. Good stuff from the ref, unlike in the Japan game when the official went card crazy early on.

  61. 5

    Another close shave for the Chilean defence as Torres skips forward, looking to latch onto a long ball. But the defender makes a fine last-ditch tackle.

  62. 4

    Torres has a half-chance as he attacks a deep free-kick. He heads over.

  63. 3

    Beausejour threatens to dart in on goal but the ball skips off the surface straight to Casillas.

  64. 3

    Not too many vuvuzelas that I can hear. Chanting instead. Ahhh...

  65. 2

    Spain are playing in their navy away kit, just so you know.

  66. 1

    We are under way.

  67. 19.26

    Spain's time now.

  68. 19.24

    National anthems time. Chile first. Decent singing effort from the players.

  69. 19.21

    So will Spain join the embarrassed France and Italy in enduring an early exit at the 2010 World Cup? The answer: probably not. But time will of course tell...

  70. 19.17

    FYI, Chile are to play a 3-3-1-3 formation. Further FYI, I have never used such a system on Football Manager.

  71. 19.14

    Now, as I shovel food down my throat in a bid to fuel my fingers for what I am hoping will be an entertaining game, I think it is very fair to say that we are not hoping for a repeat of Portugal v Brazil, which stunk the place out. Rank it was.

  72. 19.10

    Some insight on the team news: "Spain and Chile are to field attacking sides for their final World Cup group match, with Andres Iniesta returning to the European champion's lineup for the crucial game. Iniesta replaces Jesus Navas to support strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres in the only change to the team that beat Honduras 2-0. Mark Gonzalez leads Chile's attack instead of Humberto Suazo as the South Americans chase the draw they need to guarantee a place in the next round as group winner. Jorge Valdivia and Marco Estrada fill in for the suspended Matias Fernandez and Carlos Carmona in midfield."

  73. 19.05

    So those are the teams for this crunch encounter. Spain must win to ensure of their progression to the last 16. A point, meanwhile, would be enough for Chile - although we all know that is a dangerous game.

  74. 19.03

    Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta, 16-Sergio Busquets; 9-Fernando Torres, 7-David Villa.

  75. 19.02

    Chile: 1-Claudio Bravo; 4-Mauricio Isla, 17-Gary Medel, 3-Waldo Ponce, 8-Arturo Vidal, 11-Mark Gonzalez, 13-Marco Estrada, 18-Gonzalo Jara, 10-Jorge Valdivia, 15-Jean Beausejour, 7-Alexis Sanchez.

  76. 19.00

    Welcome to our live commentary of Chile's World Cup clash against Spain. Team news and preamble to follow...



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