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Chile stuns Spain, 2-0, to eliminate defending World Cup champions
Chile stuns Spain, 2-0, to eliminate defending World Cup champions

The dynasty label, overused in sports, might have understated Spain's recent status in international soccer. The Spanish had swept the globe's last three preeminent competitions — the 2010 World Cup and the European Cups in '08 and '12. While all good things end, the suddenness of Spain's crash and burn at this World Cup was stunning. Looking as sloppy at times as an adult-league team at the local park, the champs were drummed out of contention by Chile, 2-0, barely after they had piled up the first load of laundry in Brazil. Spain's record (0-2) hardly captures the steepness of the fall. The defending titlists have been outscored 7-1, and a concluding...

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