Rio de Jeneiro: The chants at the game between Spain and Chile began slowly, first from one side of Estadio do Maracana, then from the other. By the time the final minutes had ticked off the clock Wednesday, tens of thousands of fans had joined in.
"El-im-in-a-do! El-im-in-a-do!" - eliminated - said those fans, who were leaping so wildly in their red shirts that they made the stands look like a supersize swath of roiling scarlet cloth. (Full match report | Match in pics)
But those fans were not wearing the red jerseys of Spain, the defending World Cup champion and two-time European champion. They were wearing the red shirts of Chile, which eliminated Spain from this tournament in the first round, after Spain had played two games. No past World Cup defending champion had been knocked out of the tournament so quickly.