Spain 0 Switzerland 1

 

This wasn't how it was supposed to happen. Only a few days ago Spain were preparing for the World Cup with a bottom thrashing that means the poor Polish players probably haven't been able to sit down since... they knocked six goals past the Polacos and no one thought Switzerland would be a much tougher test.

How wrong they were though. The Swiss were magnificently resilient in defence - and none more so than their keeper Benaglio who made a number of crucial saves, reading the game magnificently at times to keep the Spaniards off the score board, despite the many chances they created. Villa was arguably the most wasteful, and perhaps he was thinking too much about the Golden Boot than the three points as he tried ambitious shots over finding teammates in red and yellow shirts. Torres too fluffed his lines when he came on, Pique let two golden opportunities go begging, and whilst Iniesta went close it was Alonso who was the nearest to scoring for Spain with a thunderous long range effort that nearly broke the crossbar.

Sadly for Spain and their fans it wasn't to be. The Swiss were hardly dangerous for most of the match but Eren Derdiyok collected a one two in midfield and was suddenly bearing down on goal. Casillas made the tackle but Gelson Fernandes seized on the lose ball, and after first being thwarted by Pique thrust it home at the second attempt. It was a lucky break for the Swiss, but one they arguably deserved given their plucky defending.

Cue plenty of nervous moments for Switzerland as they struggled to hold on for the remaining forty minutes of the match. But in fact, although Spain hogged possession and the lion's share of chances, it was the men in white who nearly added to their goal tally... Blaise Nkufo hitting the post with a clever shot, after dancing around Puyol.

The loss is a tough break for Spain in their bid for World Cup glory, but hardly a definitive moment you feel... with Honduras and Chile making up the remainder of Group H the neutral will feel that Spain can still easily qualify and get their tournament back on track!

If you're in town and want to catch all the football action, check our guide on where to watch the World Cup in Barcelona!

Source: Barcelona Life

Jun.06.2010

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