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

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

Andres Iniesta: 'Spain lacked leaders'

Iniesta: 'Spain lacked leaders'
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Andres Iniesta says that Spain's early World Cup exit can be attributed to a dearth of leadership figures in the squad.

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta believes that a lack of leadership in the La Roja ranks is the primary reason for their "cruel" World Cup exit.

The title holders bowed out of the competition on Wednesday following a 2-0 defeat to Chile at the Maracana, just days after losing 5-1 to the Netherlands in their curtain-raiser.

Vicente del Bosque's side have now earned the distinction of becoming the first international team in history to surrender their world title after just two group stage fixtures.

"When things don't go your way, it's never because you don't want to win because we all want to win here," the Barcelona playmaker told reporters.

"Everyone should be a leader but we weren't on top of the situation.

"It feels very cruel for the moment. It's a very difficult moment. If this team wins something it's for sporting reasons but we didn't do it. It hurts a lot because the excitement was tremendous."

Spain conclude their tournament by facing Australia - who have also been eliminated - on Monday, while Netherlands and Chile battle it out for top spot in Group B.

Head coach Vicente Del Bosque of Spain faces the media during a press conference ahead of their international friendly match against Bolivia at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on May 29, 2014
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