By TIM FONTENAULT
Charles Aránguiz had the game of his life Wednesday, if only because his performance helped bring about the end of one of the greatest empires in international soccer history.
An assist on Eduardo Vargas’ goal in the 19th minute and a rebound that he put in himself in the 43rd made Aránguiz the man of the hour, as Chile defeated Spain 2-0. The win secures progression to the knockout stage for Chile and the Netherlands and eliminates Spain, the reigning World Cup champions and two-time defending European champions.
Aránguiz was instrumental in the midfield, pushing Chile forward onto the attack and forcing the issue against a Spanish side desperate to impress after a 5-1 loss to the Dutch last Friday. Chile’s work was done before Aránguiz was subbed off in the 64th minute, and 64 minutes was all he needed to earn the SBI Man of the Match award.
The 25-year-old earns the honors over Vargas and Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who made six saves.
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