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FIFA World Cup 2010 Day 6: Swiss Upset Spain

Chile earned a 1-0 victory, putting themselves in good shape to advance Chile earned a 1-0 victory, putting themselves in good shape to advance

The FIFA World Cup 2010 had its first real upset on Wednesday when Switzerland shocked Spain 1-0 in group play. The Swiss were an underdog to advance beyond group play, while Spain was the favorite in Group H, which also includes Chile and Honduras.

Spain, the reigning European champs, were not only the favorite team in Group H, they were many analysts' pick to win the championship this year. Of course, they still have a chance, but the Swiss upset is a setback without a doubt.

Gelson Fernandes scored the game’s lone goal on a rare Swiss attack in the 52nd minute.

Spain controlled the vast majority of play, and all but owned the ball, but couldn’t cope with Switzerland’s tenacious D. The Swiss exploited their opportunity when they needed to, and their defense held them in good stead the rest of the way.

Spain outshot Switzerland 24-8 and held a 63-37 percent possession advantage. They will need to play just as well but with some finish if they hope to get through Honduras and Chile.

Speaking of those Spanish speaking countries an ocean away, Chile came out on top in their meeting, shutting out the Hondurans 1-0. Jean Beausejour scored the Chilean goal in the 34th minute, giving his country its first World Cup win since hosting the tournament in 1962.

Chile also dominated possession 64-36 percent and had five of their 22 shots find the target, while Honduras was a measly one for seven.

The first teams to play their second games of the tournament were host South Africa and former champions Uruguay. Uruguay is starting to look like a serious darkhorse contender in this tournament following a 3-0 dismantling of the host country’s team.

Meanwhile, the loss severely dims South Africa’s hopes of advancing beyond the group stage. In fact, they could be the first team eliminated from the tourney.

Diego Forlan scored twice for Uruguay – once in the 24th and once in the 80th minute. Alvaro Pereira added the final score in the 90th minute, a crushing blow to South Africa in front of their home crowd.

South Africa had 120 more total touches than Uruguay, but Uruguay had 19 touches in the box compared to South Africa's four.

FIFA World Cup 2010 has been an exciting time for soccer fans around the world, but it wasn’t until Wednesday’s matches that the games provided some drama. Unfortunately for tournament favorites, Spain, it came at their expense. There was good news for Switzerland, Uruguay, and Chile, however. Meanwhile, South Africa looks to be in serious trouble moving forward.

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Last modified on Monday, 04 July 2011 08:49

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