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Spain vs Chile: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

Today’s second clash brings Group B’s Spain and Chile together, with both the teams chasing their individual respective targets –

Where to watch?

For viewers in the United States, here’s where you can watch the game between Spain and Chile (3pm ET/Noon PT)

English language: ESPN and WatchESPN
Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes 

Referee –

Mark W Geiger (USA)

Starting XI:

Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Javi Martínez, Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta; Pedro, Diego Costa, Silva

Chile: Bravo; Jara, Silva, Medel; Mena, Aránguiz, Díaz, Isla, Vidal; Vargas, Alexis Sánchez

Spain –

The champions looked anything but that on the opening day of their World Cup campaign. They were humbled and brought to ground by a rampant Dutch outfit, who exacted revenge on them following their heartbreak 4 years ago. Spain lost 5-1, a result which no one foresaw. They would however, be determined to erase that from their system as early as possible, starting tonight by a win against Chile.

Chile –

They deserve credit for the way they set themselves up for their opening tie against Australia. They caught them off guard and were rewarded with a 3-1 win. They will be hoping that Spain fail to recover from their opening-day setback and that they cause an upset.

Statistics –

Erroneous defending from Spain cost them, as out of their 5 goals conceded, 2 were from defensive mistakes.

While Chile were more disciplined at the back against Australia, they will be looking to maintain the same tonight as well.

Man to watch out for –

Spain would be hoping that striker Diego Costa will be able to shrug off his injury which limited his time against Holland and reproduce the form he showed for Athletico Madrid last season.

Chile would be relying on Alexis Sanchez to inspire them to yet another strong performance, as he comes up against several of his Barcelona team-mates on the other side.

Prediction –

I expect del Bosque to bring out the best out of his team and successfully manage to get his title defense back on track by securing the 3 points tonight.

Spain 2-1 Chile.


Do you feel that Spain will successfully put the Holland mauling behind them at the expense of Chile? Have a feeling that another player will stand up and put in a solid performance? Tell us in the comments section below.

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  1. Abdirahman

    June 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Brazil germany argentina holland. surely the new fresh world champions w’ll come one of those nations come 13/7/2014 super sunday in maracana.

  2. Guy

    June 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Lovin’ the underdog. 🙂

  3. Abdirahman

    June 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Thnks spain for providing wonderfull football in the last six years but the world hated your dominance and probably now we would crown a new fresh world champions. By by spain!

  4. Jake

    June 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Lol Vidal gets up when the Referee doesn’t stop the game. Referees should be able to book guys for that crap.

  5. Brn442

    June 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Darke is getting on my nerves with his obsessive negativity on Spain’s demise. We get it, the Spanish are struggling.

    • Bergkamp_10

      June 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      I agree. It’s getting a bit tedious now. No need to throw any salt. It’s just bad times for Spain.

    • Chris

      June 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Agreed. It was too much. Spain played poorly and had bad luck on top of it. They will still be an excellent team for years.

  6. Iancransonsknees

    June 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Love this Chilean side. Proper grafters.

    • Jake

      June 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Love me some grafters as well. They go so under the radar and don’t get enough respect.

  7. Abdirahman

    June 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Even peter drury can’t wait

  8. Abdirahman

    June 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Ladies and gentelmen we can now celebrate because the spanish dominance near’s closer to end. i can’t wait to celebrate until morning.

  9. hoosiergunner

    June 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Today’s games have been fantastic so far… thank goodness for summer vacation, as I can’t imagine having to work through all this.

  10. Iancransonsknees

    June 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Bookmakers around the world are popping champagne corks.

    Should have caught that.

    Love the Chilean fans mentals in the stand after the second.

    • Flyvanescence

      June 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Shut. Up.

    • Flyvanescence

      June 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Sorry ICK that was meant for hoosiergunner.

      • Iancransonsknees

        June 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

        So long as it’s to an Arsenal fan that’s fine 😉

        • hoosiergunner

          June 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

          Easy now.

      • hoosiergunner

        June 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm


        I feel your pain. Work sucks. “Real life” encroaches on my soccer obsession more times than not. Just got lucky this time around.

  11. Guy

    June 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Gee. What a shame if Spain are bumped out. 😉

    • IanCransonsKnees

      June 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      A gaggle of glory hunters prepare to burn their Spanish nylon.

    • Flyvanescence

      June 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I agree. This was a great side. Technically and tactically amazing. Unfortunately the world caught up to them and they couldnt adapt.

      However to suggest that their era is over is naive. They have a ton of young talent coming up thru the ranks. A new coach with some fresh ideas and they are right back in business.

      • jtm371

        June 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        Bummer when your pick goes out before the knockout round. Feel free to jump on my Belgium bandwagon :).

        • Flyvanescence

          June 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

          ALL IN. Cant root against a team kaptained by Vincent Kompany.

          Still early but i cant see anybody knocking off that German side.

          • jtm371

            June 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

            Vinnie is the MAN!

  12. Iancransonsknees

    June 18, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Brilliant team goal

  13. Iancransonsknees

    June 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    US ref. I take this guy’s natural stomping ground is MLS?

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