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  • Spain’s World Cup reign ended by 2-0 loss to Chile

    Chile's Eduardo Vargas, right, scores the opening goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Spain and Chile at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:45 pm | Updated: 11:52 pm, Wed Jun 18, 2014.

RIO DE JANEIRO — With its superstars aging and its loyal coach slow to blend in young talent, Spain’s glorious reign as the superpower of world football was bound to end.

The Spanish weren’t favored to repeat as World Cup champions. But few expected the utter collapse that ended Wednesday with a 2-0 loss Chile, knocking Spain from contention and ending the run of the greatest team of the century.

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