Jun 18, 2014 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčMaracana, Rio de Janeiro
Spain
0-2
Chile

Alonso (40')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Vargas (20'), Aranguiz (44')
Vidal (26'), Mena (61')

Xabi Alonso: 'Spain glory years over'

Alonso: 'Spain glory years over'
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Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso believes that the country's dominance of football has firmly come to an end.

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted that the country's glory years are over following their early exit from the Brazil World Cup with two opening defeats.

Vicente del Bosque's side were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands, before being beaten by Chile on Wednesday night to become the fifth team in a World Cup to be knocked out of the group stage four years after winning the tournament.

"We didn't know how to maintain our hunger or that conviction needed to win a tournament," BBC Sport quotes the Real Madrid midfielder as saying. "The joy and success we've experienced is over.

"Normally cycles come to an end after a defeat. Maybe it would be best to think about making changes."

Meanwhile, Spain boss Del Bosque did not comment on his future after the loss to Chile.

Sergio Busquets of Spain reacts after a missed chance as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo of Chile looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014
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