18.6.10

world cup 2010 – day 6: chileans win after 48 years, swiss shocker for the spaniards, dreams in ruins for the hosts

Jean-Beausejour-006 Day 6 brought the much needed cheers for this years World Cup, as goals and shocks were provided in 3 matches played. The first match in the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit was between Chile and Honduras. The Chileans were aiming for their first World Cup win after 48 years, or 13 games, when they were the hosts. Jean Beausejour scrambled in the winner in the 34th minute. Chile were the deserving winners, as they had controlled the match since the very first whistle. They dominated possession, passing was crisp, and created more chances compared to their counterpart. As for Honduras, they need to really improve to give themselves a chance to progress to the next round. With Spain and Switzerland being the other contenders in the group, things are looking quite grim for them.

fernandez-gelson100616lg Gelson Fernandes meanwhile was the hero for Switzerland as they shocked European Champions and joint-favourites Spain, providing the first surprise result for this year's World Cup in the Durban Stadium. Spain dominated the proceeding throughout the whole match, but for all the wealth of talents and flair they have in the squad (their substitutes' list includes Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas), they couldn;t find the net. They were punished in the 52nd minute, when Fernandes slid home from close range after Iker Casillas had saved from Eren Derdiyok's feet. The stunned Spanish side tried to get back to the game, continuing the similar trend of controlling the game, while bringing on Fernando Torres, but the elusive goal, eluded them. The Swiss goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio was in his inspired form to block the shots coming. Even when he was beaten by Xabi Alonso's shot in the 71st minute, the ball somehow landed on the bar, and Switzerland was spared. Derdiyok had the chance to double the lead, but his shot hit the post with 15 minutes to go. The score stayed, Switzerland rejoiced, Spain shocked.

1247492_full-lnd The Spain-Switzerland marked the end of the first group match endeavour for all 32 teams competing in FIFA World Cup 2010. The first match of the second group matches was the last match of the day, with hosts South Africa taking on Uruguay in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. The home supporters (and their annoying vuvuzelas) were silenced, when they comprehensively beaten by a much determined and brighter Uruguayans. Diego Forlan (24’, 80’ Penalty) and Alvaro Pereira (90’ + 5’) got the goals. South Africa had their goalkeeper Itumelenge Khune sent off in the 76th minute, when he was adjudged to foul Luis Suarez, and resulted the penalty. Uruguay leads Group A after 2 matches, with 4 points, while South Africa are now in danger of becoming the first nation to fail to qualify for the next stage, after only 1 point to show from 2 matches.

June 16
Group H
HON 0 CHI 1
SPA 0 SUI 1

Group A 
RSA 0 URU 3 

Group H Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Chile 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Switzerland 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Honduras 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Spain 1 0 0 1 0 1 0

Group A Standings

Pld W D L F A Pts
Uruguay 2 1 1 0 3 0 4
Mexico 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
France 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
South Africa 2 0 1 1 1 4 1

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