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Monday 22 September 2014

Thierry Henry: Spain will want to hide

Published 18/06/2014 | 22:49

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Spain's Sergio Busquets reacts after missing a chance to score a goal during their defeat to Chile
Spain's Sergio Busquets reacts after missing a chance to score a goal during their defeat to Chile

Thierry Henry says Spain's players will want to hide away after suffering the humiliation of being the first holders to be dumped out of the World Cup after just two matches.

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Vincente del Bosque's side were hammered 5-1 by Holland in their opening game and a 2-0 defeat to Chile on Wednesday means they are now unable to get out of Group B.

Goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz sealed Spain's fate before half-time and, although they pushed forward after the break, they never looked capable of turning things round.

Henry endured a similarly ignominious exit with France at the 2002 World Cup - four years after winning the tournament on home soil.

"It's sad being in that position, it's not funny at all. You just want to hide," he said on BBC One.

"They've given us so much pleasure that you almost feel sorry for them and it's sad, but you have to give Chile credit."

The seven goals conceded by Spain in just two World Cup matches at this tournament was more than the number they let in across the Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 tournaments combined.

Former England and Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand felt the tempo of Chile's game was too much for the holders.

"You didn't want to see them go out like this, you wanted to see them show a little bit of fight, but it wasn't to be and the impressive thing about the Chile team was the tempo they played with," he said.

"They kept it up for 90 minutes and it was almost Premier League-type tempo, up and down the pitch. They didn't give them a minute's breathing space. Spain didn't like that."

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