2010 FIFA World Cup: Spain beats Chile; both go to second round

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Loftus Versfeld Stadium in 2009.
Image: Iegio09.
Sebastián Piñera in January 2010.

Spain has qualified for the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup after beating Chile 2-1. The game took place in Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, and had an attendance of 41,958 people.

Early in the match, the Chilean team tried to suffocate the Spanish. After a long shot in the twenty-fourth minute, David Villa scored the first goal when Claudio Bravo left the goal open. Iniesta scored Spain's second goal in the thirty-seventh minute.

Chile pressed the Spanish players in the second half, and Rodrigo Millar scored the first and only goal for Chile. The game then calmed down as both were going to qualify.

Celebrations in Santiago de Chile after Chile's qualification ended with 140 arrests, despite a special security program by the Carabineros

President Sebastián Piñera watched the match in Duao, (Región del Maule), in the company of Victor "Zafrada" Díaz, who became famous after February earthquake, when he described his experience in Iloca to Chilean news media.


Jun 25
1 - 2 Spain
Stadium: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Attendance: 41,958
Referee: Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico)
Booked after 15 minutes 15' Medel

Booked after 19 minutes 19' Ponce
Booked after 21'Booked again after 37'Sent off after 37' 21', 37' Estrada
Scored after 47 minutes 47' Millar

Report Scored after 24 minutes 24' Villa

Scored after 37 minutes 37' Iniesta