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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Match 19 - Spain v. Chile

It's D-Day for Spain this afternoon. Lose and they - and Australia - will be going home. Del Bosque could win the sack race this evening. It's as simple as that. Join me for all the action on the LOB this afternoon.

48 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's the vital team news for this afternoon's crucial match-up:

Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Javi Martínez, Sergio Ramos, Alba; Alonso, Busquets; Pedro, Iniesta, Silva; Diego Costa. Subs: Reina, De Gea, Albiol, Piqué, Juanfran, David Villa, Xavi, Torres, Fábregas, Mata, Koke, Cazorla.

Chile: Bravo; Medel, Silva, Jara; Isla, Diaz, Aranguiz, Mena; Vidal; Sanchez, Vargas. Subs: Toselli, Herrera, Albornoz, Carmona, Pinilla, Valdivia, Rojas, Orellana, Beasejour, Gutiérrez, Fuenzalida, Paredes.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile have swapped an attacking midfielder in Jorge Valdivia with a defensive midfielder, and occasional centre-half, in the shape of Francisco Silva. That's likely to mean a tweak in set-up – most likely Vidal will play in more of an advanced role, with Silva adding extra ballast in behind him. They could, alternatively, switch to a back three and a 3-4-1-2 formation.

2:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lots of trouble with security at the Maracana this afternoon. Apparently some few hundred Chile fans just ran through the press room.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The MLS official gets his second run out today. And it's the A-team of Ian Darke and Macca this afternoon. Well in, ESPN.

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away in the Maracana.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - big chance there for Chile and Gonzalo Jara. Free header near the six yard box. Somehow put it wide.

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lots of booing for "Headbutt" Costa from the Maracana faithful.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh my - that was nearly an own goal by Javi Martinez who's making his World Cup debut tonight. That really would have been a shock.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Casillas uncharacteristically kicking long balls out that are recovered by Chile.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Xavi Alonso can chip one in now.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bravo handles it easily.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Vargas nearly got on to that.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Silva is playing centrally behind Diego Costa, with Pedro on the right and Iniesta leftwards. It's always a little tricky to get an exact grip of the formations from the TV, but it does look like Chile have three at the back.

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - mad scramble in the Chile box but somehow Bravo recovers the ball.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

After Chile's 100mph start, Spain are beginning to assert themselves. They're in control.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Vargas steers home Chile's opener!

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I thought Vargas might have waited too long but he bided his time and slotted home.

1-0 Chile!

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If it stays like this, the world champions are going home after two matches. Wow!

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Spain try to respond immediately, with Iniesta sending a ball in, Diego Costa holding it up and Xavi Alonso hoofing over from 12 yards.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pedro is starting to get frustrated; he claps derisively at the lineman when he gives a goal kick.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vidal is the first into the book tonight.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Diego Costa gets another sight of goal from Alonso's cross, but can only miskick his effort into the turf with his studs and watch as the ball bounces into the side-netting.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Diego Costa gets another sight of goal from Alonso's cross, but can only miskick his effort into the turf with his studs and watch as the ball bounces into the side-netting.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kate's looking over my shoulder as I'm typing this.

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Xavi Alonso goes into the book.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile have another chance to put a nail in the Spanish coffin here.

2-0! Unbelievable!

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Del Bosque surely for the chop in the morning now.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Spain have been ripped to shreds by a jubilant Chilean side.

2-0!

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What on earth can Del Bosque do at this point? Well - Koke has come on for the cautioned Xavi Alonso.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at the Maracana and Diego Costa has another big chance to open his account for his adoptive country. Whiffed at it.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Spanish are at least showing some urgency.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Vidal uproots Xavi and now Spain have a chance.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ramos takes it and it's punched out by Bravo when he might have caught it.

Oh - and then Busquets misses a complete sitter at the backpost from two yards.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As the Spanish are pressing the quick Chilean attack could easily pick them off again.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chile finally sitting back a bit. Might be a dangerous ploy.

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The end of a ruinous World Cup campaign for Diego Costa - El Nino on for him.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Goalkeeper Aranguiz goes off now.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Go on, you Chileans - have a third!

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mad scramble in the Spanish box. Cleared out.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gooner will not be happy to see Santi Cazorla come on for a useless cameo.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Caz comes as close as any Spaniard has today.

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The goalscorer in the first match Valdivia is on for a late cameo now.

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

While much of the post-mortem will focus on this Spanish Gotterdammerung, Chile's performance tonight should not be overlooked. They've been superb – there surely can't be a fitter side in Brazil.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That sums it up. A Spanish corner is rocketed well over by Ramos. Game. Set. Match.

4:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We've got a minimum of six minutes of injury time to play. Spain could play for another 66 without scoring. They've been abject today.

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well into stoppage time now...

4:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it - the reigning World Champions are out!

4:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob. Tiki taka got a swift kick up the ass. The Goober and I loved watching it at the Lucky Bar.

6:15 PM  

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