Spain lost 2-0 to Chile yesterday to become the first World Cup title holder to be eliminated before its final group game. The Netherlands won to stay top of Group B and Croatia ousted 10-man Cameroon with a 4-0 rout.
Cia. Cervecerias Unidas SA and Vina Concha & Toro SA, Chile’s biggest brewery and winemaker respectively, rallied as the country’s soccer team unexpectedly beat Spain to qualify for the World Cup’s round of 16.
Defending champion Spain, which has won the last three major soccer tournaments it has played, will be eliminated after two World Cup games if it follows a 5-1 humbling by the Netherlands with a loss today against Chile.