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Del Bosque: There 
will be consequences

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said that there would be "consequences", including potentially for himself, after the world champions' shock elimination from the World Cup this morning (Singapore time).

Spain lost 2-0 to Chile, their second straight defeat in Group B that leaves them unable to reach the knockout phase even if they beat Australia in their final group game.

"Whenever something negative happens in a World Cup or an important competition like this, it has consequences," said del Bosque, before adding that he needed time to reflect.

"I don't want to get into that analysis because we have a lot of time ahead of us.

"We need to reflect on this calmly...We will have time to do the things that we think are best for Spanish football and that applies to me as well."

Del Bosque, 63, took over the Spain team from the late Luis Aragones after they won Euro 2008 and he led them to victory at the World Cup in South Africa two years later, before they triumphed again at Euro 2012.

Del Bosque said Spain played too slowly and too timidly in the first half against Chile, when the South American side scored both their goals, following on from their second-half collapse in the 5-1 thrashing by Holland last week.

"It is a sad day for all of us. We are sorry we didn't succeed (but) now is too early to analyse where we go from here."
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"We were inferior to both Holland and Chile. They got the goals and gave us a mountain to climb.

"We were too timid in the first half and did not react sufficiently in the second.

"The first goal really buoyed them and they really got into our faces."

After seeing his side secure their place in the last 16 alongside Holland, Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said: "I am proud of the way we played to put out the world champions. It was a great win over a great team." - Wire Services.

We will have time to do the things that we think are best for Spanish football and that applies to me as well.

— Spain coach Vicente del Bosque (above)

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