2010 FIFA World Cup Preview: Switzerland vs. Chile in Group H
Monday's upcoming match between Switzerland and Chile has taken on a new level now that Switzerland has the shocker of the World Cup so far with their 1-0 win over heavily favored Spain.
The lone goal by midfielder Gelson Fernandes in the second half was the decider in the Swiss upset.
Chile was able to win comfortably over Honduras, despite the 1-0 score line. Jean Beausejour scored the goal for Chile.
Chile's coach Marcelo Bielsa was happy with the result, but felt they could have done better. "We attacked well," he said, "although we could have had a few more goals, and that might work against us in the final reckoning."
No doubt this game versus the Swiss on the schedule had seemed a little easier for Chile before the Switzerland and Spain surprise result. You would imagine now they aren't quite looking past this one.
Chile is hoping to have Humberto Suazo available for this key match. He has been recovering from a left thigh injury. His 10 goals in qualifying led all South American players.
Switzerland has known all along that the key match for them to get out of this group would be this game with Chile; and even with the win over Spain, that hasn't changed.
"We've known for a long time that the key match is Monday," Swiss defender Steve von Bergen said. "Chile remains the favorite for this."
Switzerland will no doubt be without their captain and team leader, forward Alexander Frei. Frei sprained his ankle in training a few days before the game with Spain and didn't play. They were hoping he could go for this one, but a more likely scenario would see Frei playing in the Honduras game.
They will also be without Philippe Senderos, who suffered a sprained ankle in the Spain game in the first half. It is the exact same injury as Frei, and Senderos is expected to not only miss this game, but the Honduras game as well.
Switzerland has a very remarkable little streak going. In 2006, they did not concede a goal in four games. They were eliminated by Ukraine in penalty kicks in the round of 16. They kept their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the game against Spain.
The only time these two nations met in the World Cup was 1962 with Chile getting the win. They did meet in a friendly three years ago, in which the Swiss won 2-1.
The winner of this clash would advance if Spain and Honduras were to tie.
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