Defending Champion Spain Eliminated From World Cup: Hollywood Reacts

6:16 PM PST 06/18/2014 by Debbie Emery
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When the 2010 World Cup champs were knocked out of the tournament, it wasn't just the Spanish fans who were shocked — as 8.2 million tweets were sent about the match, including from J.K. Rowling and Zoe Saldana.

Spain's shockingly fast exit from the 2014 World Cup on Wednesday sparked ripples of both sadness and jubilation around the globe and on social media.

The defending champions, who won the tournament in 2010 in South Africa, were knocked out in dramatic fashion in a 2-0 loss to Chile in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

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The ousting came after the crushing 5-1 defeat at the hands — and feet — of The Netherlands in the first round last week and was the death blow to Spain's hopes of a repeat championship, causing them to follow in the footsteps of other defending champs to suffer early exits in the past, such as Italy, France and Brazil.

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After Chile's Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz hammered the final nails into the coffin with goals in the first half, fans of both nations reacted via Twitter. There were 8.2 million tweets about the Spain and Chile match, according to Twitter Data; here are some of the more famous commentators.

Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis knows a thing or two about football after playing professionally in Venezuela before he became a reality star.

Avatar actress Zoe Saldana was anxiously watching the match and keeping up with the action on the pitch.

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling took a break from writing to watch some football.

NBC anchor Natalie Morales pointed out that many people's World Cup brackets will now be busted.

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Olympic soccer gold-medalist Heather Mitts knows the pressure of the world's biggest stage.

ESPN's college basketball analyst Dick Vitale proved that he's also a soccer fan and is following his colleagues in Brazil.

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap predicted the end of an era.

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