Russia's Defense Ministry says US-led coalition unlikely to launch battle for Raqqa soonRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 19:06
Russia cuts oil production by 185,000 barrels per day as of today — energy ministerBusiness & Economy March 25, 18:30
OPEC has no objections to speed of Russia's oil production cutsBusiness & Economy March 25, 12:38
Opposition leader Vladimir Neklyayev detained in Belarus - news agency directorWorld March 25, 5:33
Russia submits amicus curiae brief to US Supreme CourtRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:34
Russia, China suggest for UN SC to adopt resolution on chemical terrorism threatRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:23
Russian lawmaker compares European Union to Soviet UnionRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:16
Russian emergencies ministry says fire at Kazan’s gunpowder factory fully extinguishedWorld March 25, 3:01
Relations btw US, Russia worst over half-century - Lukin quoting KissingerRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 2:58
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19 /ITAR-TASS/. World champions Spain elimination from World Cup after losing 2-0 to Chile was the main sensation of day seven. The victory sent Chile to the second round, and let the Dutch national team qualify for the last sixteen.
The fate of the match was decided in the first half. The attitude for victory of the Chilean team was clearly more visible than that of Spain. Already when the national anthem was played, the Chilean national team together with their fans, who were in an absolute majority, repeated the Brazilian trick with finishing it a cappella, doing it no worse than the hosts of the FIFA World Cup. Hardly had the match began, when the Chilean team created two very dangerous situations in succession.
Further on, Spain managed to create dangerous situations at the opposite goal area, but not for long, and 20 minutes after the game began Eduardo Vargas scored the team’s first goal against Spain. Spain tried hard to make up for the defeat, but they catastrophically lacked accuracy. As for Chileans, they were okay with it, which was demonstrated by Charles Aranguis at the end of the first half, which ended 2-0.
The second half was perhaps the most crucial moment for the Spanish national team over the recent time. The team of Vincente Del Bocke had 45 minutes to defend its title. However, inexorable time was running out, and Spain even failed to end the game in a draw. The star of a great an invincible team of Vicente del Bosque was set at one of the most popular soccer stadiums of the world. Of the world that will now see another champion.
The Dutch national team had difficulty in securing a second win at the World Cup, although they were seen as an easy winner ahead of the match with Australia after defeating Spain 5-1. However, Australia proved to be a match for the favourites of the championship.
The match began in an equal fight with a slight advantage of the Dutch team. Twenty minutes into the first half, Arjen Robben scored for the Netherlands. And then true miracles began in the match, when one minute apart Tim Carhill scored the game-tying goal after Robben gave the Netherlands a brief lead.
A penalty was awarded to the Netherlands in the 54th minute, and Australia went 2-1 ahead. However, the score was quickly tied. One more dramatic episode came ten minutes after, when the Australian team missed their chance to score a goal, while the Netherlands’s Memphis Depay scored his side’s third goal to the final score 3-2.
No sensation happened in the final match of day seven, when Croatia won a deserved victory, defeating Cameroon 4-0. As for other developments of the day, an incident at the press centre of Maracana involving Chilean fans is worth mentioning. Security measures at Brazil Maracana stadium’s press centre will now be steOther highlights of the daypped up after some 100 Chilean soccer fans stormed it one hour before a Spain v Chile match, causing some damage. They were all without tickets and sought to get to the stand. It took the security service about half-an-hour to restore the normal functioning of the press centre. Furniture was overturned in the premises. About 30 violators were detained, and the rest were expelled from the stadium.