Spain didn't have enough answers for Chile's press and commitment to attack. For me, it started up top for La Roja. Spain can't close down and control a midfield against an attacking side the way it once did without an in-form, channel-cruising striker -- or at least a functional false nine.
Mourn Spain, yes, but mostly credit Chile. Jorge Sampaoli gave the neutral fan all it could ask for and more, throwing everything at the defending champs the way he does against every team.
NSC Man of the Match: Charles Aranguiz
A goal and an assist in a 2-0 eliminating of the best team of this era, that'll do it.
- Jacob Klinger