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Spain eliminated from World Cup

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Spain’s Fernando Torres, second from right, is surrounded by Chilean defenders during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana Stadium on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The king is dead. The World Cup will have a new champion.
And the Netherlands look increasingly like credible pretenders for that newly vacated crown.
Just like France in 2002 and Italy in 2010, defending champion Spain is going home tail between its legs.
Chile delivered the mortal blow to an uninterrupted 6-year era of dominance for Spain, the European and world champions whose dazzling footballers ran out of puff in Brazil. They were made to look vulnerable last week in losing 5-1 to the Netherlands and then simply plain ordinary in a 2-0 loss to a ...


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