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Monday, June 21, 2010 (All times Eastern)

Chile (1-0-0) vs. Switzerland (1-0-0), 10 a.m.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Sports Network) - Switzerland pulled off the biggest upset of the FIFA World Cup by beating Spain, 1-0, in its opening game of the tournament.

Now the Swiss will try for their second win in as many matches when they face Chile at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday.

The game features the top two teams from Group H, with Chile winning its opener against Honduras, 1-0, a result that pleased manager Marcelo Bielsa.

"I think it was the right result. We played well, we never sat on our lead and they didn't make us suffer," Bielsa said. "We attacked well although we could have had a few more goals, and that might work against us in the final reckoning."

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez played particularly well in place of the injured Humberto Suazo, but goals figure to be more difficult to come by against a sturdy Swiss defense that has gone 483 minutes over two World Cups without conceding a goal.

Switzerland's defense was on top of its game against Spain, a team that lost for just the second time in its last 49 games.

Gelson Fernandes scored the only goal in the 52nd minute after a scramble in front of the net, and even the Swiss midfielder admitted that the goal was a bit fortunate.

"We were a little lucky but you're always going to need a bit of good fortune if you want to beat Spain," Fernandes said. "It was a really demanding match for us and this is a very special moment.

"What we have to do now is to keep our feet on the ground."

The lone blemish in the Spain win was an ankle injury suffered by defender Philippe Senderos, and he could miss the rest of the tournament.

But if Ottmar Hitzfeld's Swiss team is able to take at least a point from the match on Monday, they will have to feel confident of advancing with a game against Honduras left to play, while Chile will want to secure all three points as it finishes up its group stage schedule against Spain.

06/20 16:37:31 ET


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