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Goodbye Spain as Chile, Netherlands go through

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Spain crashes out of the World Cup, scoring only a single goal in two matches against seven for their opponents. Chile and Holland are through to the next round. 

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A Chile fans holds a sign reading in Spanish "Goodbye Spain" after Spain lost their Group B football match against Chile in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

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Spain dethroned as Chile dazzle

RIO DE JANEIRO, AFP – Holders Spain were sensationally sent crashing out of the World Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Chile on Wednesday, the earliest exit by the reigning champions for 64 years.

On a day when King Juan Carlos tearfully sealed his abdication after a four-decade reign, Spain's players were booted off their throne in 90 minutes after six years as the dominant force of world football.

Chile's Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz administered the killer blows as a trophy-laden Spanish era was brought to a shattering end at the Maracana Stadium.

Chile's victory sees them qualify for the last 16 from Group B along with the Netherlands, who thrashed Spain 5-1 in their opening match last week.

Spain's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas (C) fails to save a goal during the Group B football match between Spain and Chile. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

Spain's early departure will send shockwaves through football after an unprecedented period of success that saw them win the 2010 World Cup as well as back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

They arrived at the World Cup as one of the favourites after a qualifying campaign which gave no clue of the looming disaster in Brazil.

But instead they they join Italy (1950 and 2010), Brazil (1966) and France (2002) as the only holders to be knocked out in the first phase.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque had signalled the turmoil in the Spain camp by dropping veteran midfielder Xavi and defender Gerard Pique beforehand.

But Del Bosque's decision to retain out-of-form goalkeeper Iker Casillas backfired, with the Spanish skipper at fault for Chile's second goal, lashed home by Aranguiz just before half-time.

Aranguiz had earlier helped to set up Chile's first, cutting back for Vargas to finish after a superb counter-attack.

The final whistle sparked delirium inside the Maracana, where Chilean fans had heavily outnumbered their Spanish counterparts and roared on their team relentlessly throughout.

Chile will now face Holland next Monday in what could well be a battle to avoid Brazil, who are expected to face the runners-up from Group B in the last 16.

Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben runs to score during a Group B football match between Australia and the Netherlands at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

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Dutch delight after Australia fright at World Cup

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, – Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie scored as Netherlands came from behind to beat brave Australia 3-2 at the World Cup on Wednesday.

A second-half strike from Memphis Depay settled an electrifying Group B encounter at Porto Alegre's Beira-Rio Stadium after a stunning Tim Cahill volley and a Mile Jedinak penalty helped the Socceroos take a 2-1 lead.

Van Persie will miss the next game against Chile though after picking up a second yellow card.

And Louis Van Gaal's side were given an almighty fright by their fired up Australian opponents, who now face certain elimination.

But the Australians have enhanced their reputation with a gutsy performance in their 3-1 opening defeat to Chile and the heroic display against one of football's established nations.

After soaking up early pressure, Bayern Munich star Robben settled Dutch nerves with a superb solo effort on 20 minutes.

But Cahill equalised moments later with a stunning volley which crashed off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

Australia's midfielder and captain Mile Jedinak (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA

Australia then took a shock lead nine minutes after half-time, Jedinak drilling the spot-kick after Daryl Janmaat was adjudged to have handled.

Van Persie pounced four minutes later to make it 2-2 before Depay lashed in his 68th-minute winner for the Dutch, who were watched by Holland's King Willem-Alexander and his wife Maxima.

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abdication: the process of giving up the position of being king or queen - การสละราชสมบัติ

adjudge: to make a decision about somebody/something based on the facts that are available - ตัดสิน, ชี้ขาดตัดสิน

administer: to give drugs, medicine, etc. to somebody - ให้ (ยา), จ่ายยา

almighty: very great or severe - รุนแรง, สุดขีด, อย่างมาก

avoid: to try to prevent something from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง

backfire: to have the opposite effect or result than the one you intended - ส่งผลตรงข้ามกับที่หวังไว้

blow: a sudden event which has damaging effects on somebody/something - การโจมตี, การชก,การต่อย

boot: to kick somebody/something hard with your foot - เตะ,ถีบ

brave: to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation in order to achieve something - กล้าที่จะเผชิญกับ

campaign: a series of matches in a tournament or season -

clue: an object or fact that someone discovers that helps them solve a crime or mystery - เบาะแส, ร่องรอย

counter-attack: an attack made in response to the attack of an enemy or opponent in war, sport or an argument - การโต้ตอบ

counterpart: someone who has the same job or purpose as another person, but in a different country, time, situation or organisation - ฝ่ายตรงข้าม หรือคนที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งเดียวกันของอีกประเทศ หรือ กลุ่มหนึ่ง

crossbar: a horizontal bar that forms the top of a goal - คานประตู

dazzle: to impress somebody a lot with your beauty, skill, etc - ทำให้ประทับใจ

decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ

defeat: a loss - ความพ่ายแพ้

defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน

delirium: an excited state and not able to think or speak clearly - ภาวะที่มีอารมณ์ตื่นเต้นมาก

departure: leaving - การออกจาก

dethrone: to remove a king or queen from power; to remove somebody from a position of authority or power; to defeat a former champion in a sports competition so they are no longer champion - ขับออกจากบัลลังก์, ปลดอำนาจ, ปลดออกจากตำแหน่ง

disaster: something very bad that happens and causes a lot of damage - ความหายนะ

dominant: more powerful or important than all others - เหนือกว่า

drill: to kick or hit a ball hard - ยิงทะลุ

elimination: being no longer able take part in a competition, etc. because of previous losses or failures - การตัดออก,การขับออก

encounter: a meeting between opponents in a sports competition - การแข่งขัน

enhance: to improve the quality, amount or strength of something - ปรับปรุง, ทำให้ดีขึ้น

equalise: to level the score, i.e., to cause both teams to have the same score -

era: a period of time that has a particular quality or character - ยุค, สมัย

established: be in a successful position over a long period of time - มีตำแหน่งที่มั่นคง

exit: leaving - การออก

fault: being the one to blame; blameworthy; the person who caused something bad to happen - ความผิด

favourite: a person or team who is expected to win a competition - ผู้แข่งขันที่มีหวังชนะมากที่สุด

fire up: to make somebody excited or interested in something - พลุ่งขึ้น (อารมณ์, ความโกรธ, ความร้อน, ความรุนเเรง)

force: a person or thing that has a lot of power or influence - คนหรือสิ่งที่มีอำนาจหรืออิทธิพล

forward: an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า

fright: a feeling of fear - การสะดุ้งตกใจ, ความหวาดกลัวขึ้นมาอย่างกระทันหัน

gutsy: showing courage and determination - กล้าหาญ

handle: (in football, of a player who is not the goalkeeper) to touch the ball with a hand or hands -

heroic: showing great determination to succeed or to achieve something, especially something difficult - อย่างกล้าหาญ

laden: carrying something heavy, or supporting the weight of something heavy - บรรทุกสิ่งของหนัก

lash: (in football) to kick the ball with a lot of force - เตะย่างแรง

lead: the position ahead of everyone else in a race or competition - ตำแหน่งนำ

looming : seeming likely to happen soon - ที่เห็นลางๆ

midfielder: a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง

nerves: a worried feeling that makes you afraid that you will not be able to do something well - ความเครียด, ความวิตกกังวล

opponent: a person or team being competed against in a sports event - คู่ต่อสู้

out-of-form: not performing well at a particular time (opposite of "in-form") -

outnumber: having more people than another group - มีคนมากกว่า

performance: the act of carrying out some type of entertainment or sport - การแสดง

phase: a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ

pounce: to quickly jump on or hold someone or something - มีปฎิกิริยาอย่างรวดเร็ว, กระโจน

pressure: a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation - ความกดดัน

qualify: to reach the standard necessary to do a job or take part in the final rounds of a competition มีคุณสมบัติที่กำหนดไว้, เข้ารอบสุดท้าย - มีคุณสมบัติที่กำหนดไว้, เข้ารอบสุดท้าย

reign: a period of time during when a king or queen rules a country - ช่วงเวลาครองราชย์

reigning champions: the current champions - แชมป์ปัจจุบัน

relentlessly: (of something bad) never seeming to stop or improve - อย่างไม่ผ่อนปรน

reputation: the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is - ชื่อเสียง

retain: to keep, continue to have, or to store something - เก็บไว้, สงวนไว้

roar: to make a continuous, very loud noise - แผดเสียงดัง,ร้องเสียงดังก้อง 

runners-up: second place in a competition - รองอันดับหนึ่ง

seal: to make something certain or complete - รับรอง, ยืนยัน

sensational: causing great surprise, excitement, or interest - น่าดึงดูดใจ, น่าเร้าใจ, น่าตื่นเต้น

settle: to become or make somebody/something become calm or relaxed - ปรับตัว

settle: to decide something definitely, in this case the winner of a match -

shatter: to break into many pieces - แตกกระจาย

shock: a strong feeling of surprise as a result of something happening, especially something unpleasant; the event that causes this feeling - ช็อค, ความสะดุ้ง, อาการช็อค

shockwave: a movement of very high air pressure that is caused by an explosion, earthquake, etc. - คลื่นกระแทก

skipper: the captain or manager of a team - ผู้นำทีม

soak up: to take something in - ดูดซึม

solo: done alone - กระทำเพียงคนเดียว, กระทำเพียงฝ่ายเดียว

spark: to make something happen - ก่อให้เกิด

strike: an act of hitting or kicking something/somebody - การตี, การเตะ

stunning: very impressive or beautiful - สวยตระการตา น่าตะลึง

superb: of the highest quality - ยอดเยีี่ยม

tearful: crying, or feeling as if you want to cry - ร้องไห้,น้ำตาไหล, อยากร้องไห้

thrash: to defeat an opponent very easily in a game or competition - เฆี่ยน

throne: a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies - ราชบัลลังก์

trophy: a large silver cup or similar object given as a prize to the winner of a competition - ถ้วยรางวัล

turmoil: a state of uncontrolled activity - การจราจล ความไม่สงบ

unprecedented: never having happened before - ที่ไม่เคยเกิดขึ้นมาก่อน

veteran: someone who has a lot of experience doing a particular activity - อาวุโส 

volley: kicking (or hitting) the ball before it touches the ground - ตีวอล์เลย์

whistle: a small metal or plastic tube that you blow to make a loud high sound, used to attract attention or as a signal - นกหวีด

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