World Cup Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
"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