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

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  
Stadium: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Attendance: 41,958
Referee: Marco Antonio Rodríguez (Mexico)
  15' Medel

  19' Ponce
    21', 37' Estrada
  47' Millar

Report   24' Villa

  37' Iniesta