Spain's player ratings v Chile: Manchester City man struggles

David Silva Spain

Spain have relinquished their title of World Champions after just two matches in the World Cup after losing to a strong Chile side 2-0 in the Maracana.

Spain have been the best team in the world for the last eight years. They have won two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, leading to many regarding them as alongside the Brazilian team in 1970 as the best of all time.

Yet this generation of dominance looked to come to an end on Wednesday night, going down 2-0 to Chile and as a result, going out of the 2014 World Cup. 

First half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz was enough to earn a deserved win for the South Americans, a win that sends shockwaves around the footballing world.

Here are our player ratings for Spain:

Iker Casillas - 4

It is rare that a goalkeeper that has been one of the best keepers in Real Madrid and Spanish history, to fall to the poor standards he has been in recently. First goal was beaten by Vargas too easily and the second one where he punched to ball back into the area. Low of confidence, needs to be dropped. 

Cesar Azpilicueta - 6 

The Chelsea man, playing on the right of the back four, battled hard for Spain defensively. Yet his limited attacking threat didn't work for a team that has such a narrow midfield. 

Javi Martinez - 5

Replaced Gerard Pique in centre-back and struggled to create a solid partnership with Sergio Ramos, become more attacking in the second half but continued to struggle.

Sergio Ramos - 6

The leader of Spain's defence was their best player in the back, although not great. Tried to lead the back four with his experience, also had opportunities going forward but missed all of them.

Jordi Alba - 5

Created good go forward ball on the left, but when he got forward and had the ball at his feet, he struggled to do much with it. Also wasn't as reliable at the back, poor.

Xabi Alonso - 4

It was his mistake for Chile's first goal through a misplaced pass in the midfield, missed a great chance soon after when he fired straight at the keeper, substituted at half time for Koke, very poor from the former Liverpool man.

Sergio Busquets - 5

Did his normal role in the midfield, looked to get Spain playing from midfield. However missed a golden chance in the second half when it looked harder for him to miss than score, would have changed the match if he had.

David Silva - 5

Normally a creative player for Spain, didn't get on the ball enough and when he did created very little. Tried his hardest for his country but the quality you expect from him wasn't there.

Andres Iniesta - 7

In 2010, Iniesta was the Spanish hero in South Africa, here he was the only one looking like he had the ability to defend that title. Beat defenders when he had the ball, had shots on target, but the support wasn't there for him. Solid performance from him was there, just part of a team that didn't arrive.

Pedro - 6

Come in for Xavi in the starting XI looking to provide the pace in Spain's attacks. Was willing to try and reach every ball, but wasn't allowed the space by the Chilean defence and midfield to him to play his best football. 

Diego Costa - 6

The player looking like he is imminent to join Chelsea struggled to suit Spain's side. Looks like Costa's clash doesn't suit the tiki-taka style of the Spaniards, was replaced by current Chelsea striker Fernando Torres after an hour. Maybe he should have chose his native Brazil...

Subs:

Koke - 6 

Come on for Xabi Alonso at half-time and he will feel pleased with his contribution. Provided energy in the midfield, may got more game time in the future.

Fernando Torres - 6

Replaced Diego Costa and looked to run in behind the Chile defence, however failed to get the ball under control on a number of occasions. Still looks a shadow of his former self in a Spain shirt. 

Santi Cazorla - 6

Had good attempts on goal, one from a free kick and one shot from the edge of the box, neither really troubled Bravo in the Chile goal. Failed to have the desired impact. 

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