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  • 19 June 2014, 8:47

World Cup: Chile Gone Barmy As Spain Crash Out

Around 100 Chile supporters smashed through a wall and past security checkpoints in an attempt to watch their country's World Cup match against Spain, a game that saw the current champions crash out.

The rampaging red-shirted Chilean fans ran towards the Maracana stadium around an hour before the start of the match, which Chile went on to win 2-0. 

The fans, mostly young men, sprinted through the large Fifa media centre underneath the Rio de Janeiro ground and made their way to a corridor they thought would lead to the grandstands.

Once inside, they realised this was not the case, and broke down a temporary wall.

This sent metal lockers crashing to the ground, according to an Associated Press journalist at the scene.

Security guard Diego Goncalves said: "I was the lone guy standing out there. All of a sudden they knocked down the fence and just pushed their way through."

One fan was grabbed by the neck and dragged away by a security guard.

Some ran away, while others were held on the floor while police took them away in groups.

At least one female fan was injured and taken outside in a wheelchair.

Security guards had the situation under control within 15 minutes and the game began on time.

Spain's defeat signalled the end of the team's recent domination of international football - which had seen them triumph in their last three major international tournaments.

Chile's Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz scored the goals.

In a joint statement, Fifa and the local organising committee said: "Ahead of the Spain versus Chile match at the Maracana, a group of individuals without tickets violently forced entry into the stadium, breaking fences and overrunning security.

"They were contained by the security and did not make it to the seats.

"The situation was brought under control quickly and at least 85 intruders were detained according the military police of Rio.

"The organisers of the Fifa World Cup condemn these acts of violence and we will communicate further information and measures to be taken in due course."