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Sad end to Spain’s golden generation

Spain’s six-year reign as the world’s pre-eminent team ended last night as Chile sent them crashing out of the World Cup with a 2-0 win here.

Spain had been seeking a fourth consecutive major title, but instead they became only the fifth defending champions – after Italy in 1950 and 2010, Brazil in 1966 and France in 2002 – to go out in the World Cup’s first round.

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