Santi Cazorla played the final 14 minutes of Spain’s 2-0 defeat to Chile on Wednesday night as the reigning champions crashed out of the World Cup.
Vicente del Bosque’s side needed at least a draw to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive, but fell behind in the 19th minute when Eduardo Vargas fired in after a fine passing move.
Spain were nowhere near their dominant best, and a mistake by goalkeeper Iker Casillas just before half time gifted a goal to Charles Aranguiz to double Chile’s lead.
Cazorla came off the bench in the 76th minute to add some much-needed energy to the Spanish attack, and went close with a curling effort that was tipped around the post by Claudio Bravo.
The Arsenal midfielder also had a fizzing free kick palmed around the post by the Chile keeper late on, but could not inspire a late comeback as Del Bosque’s side surprisingly exited the World Cup at the group stage.
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