Chile Vs. Switzerland World Cup 2010 Live Blog: Results, Scores, Analysis
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Chile vs Switzerland, Group H match. I will be bringing you up-to-date commentary of the game as well as try and put a smile on your face with some humorous comments.
This game could make or break Spain's World Cup and after a shock 1-0 win by the Swiss over the Spanish, this match will be very intriguing.
The game was poor considering the talent that was on shown. The game opened up after the goal for Chile but there was a major lack of attractive football and it would be hard to find someone who enjoyed watching the game.
The referee was the game-changer as his decision to send-off Behrami was the major turning point in the game. Chile will consider themselves unlucky that they did not have two goals on the score-sheet as they had one goal disallowed for offside which may have been given.
93: The final whistle is blown and Chile earn all three points.
91: Valdiva attatmped the worst dive in World football history and gets a well deserved yellow card.
He deserved a red card for his atrocious attempt to fool the referee.
89: And Switzerland's only chance has just gone begging. Derdiyok missed a great chance to level the game but his shot just went wide.
88: Again! Peredes should have scored but again he thumps his shot wide and he should have really stead on the bench. Two glorious chances blown for Chile.
84: What a miss! Peredes was open in the middle of the Swiss area with just the keeper to beat and he thumped his shot over the bar.
83: Switzerland are coming forward in a bid to get a draw and the Chilean defense does not look the strongest, but the Swiss attack does not look that strong either.
80: It will be very interesting to see Switzerland face Honduras. Switzerland will have to go attack Honduras with is something they have failed to do in this game or their first game against Spain.
76: The game should come to to life now as Switzerland need to try go for goal.
Switzerland Sub: Bunjaku comes off the bench in place of Fernades.
74: It's there. The first goal of the game falls to Mark Gonzales, who heads Chile ahead.
Gonzales was unmarked at the far post and had an easy header as the keeper had rushed out to close down the Chilean attacker with the ball.
70: Chile could really do with a win here to ensure they finish top and avoid Brazil in the next round.
67: Switzerland Sub: Derdiyok enters the game to replace Nkufo, who has worked hard as the lone striker.
64: Chile Sub: Paredes comes on to replace Fernandez.
A draw is probably the best result in the eye of the Spanish.
63: Switzerland are playing on the counter and they nearly broke out to punish Chile.
62: The referee is still handing out booking for fun. I think the World Cup officials are being paid per booking.
58: Nearly. Mark Gonzales was just wide with a header from a corner. Chile are really pressing the issue now as Switzerland are trying to hold on.
55: Great goalkeeping by the Swiss keeper. Sanchez was through on goal and Benaglio got down to stop him well and prevent his team going down. He then received the ball full-force into his face as one of his defenders attempted to clear the lose ball.
52: Chile have came out in the second-half looking like a much better unit and they look much more likely to score now than ever before in the game.
48: Chile thought they had scored but the goal was disallowed for an offside decision. There is a question over if the offside players were interfering with play.
45: The second-half gets going.
The game has failed to live up to expectations, much like a lot of games in the competition thus far. There has been very little action at either end of the pitch and both goalkeepers have had it very easy.
The talking-point of the first-half is the Behrami red card. The decision was very harsh and the referee started the game with an early yellow card which was an indication to the players of how the game was going to be officiated.
Behrami was naive to throw his arm in the manner he did, but the sending off was the only piece of action in the first 45 minutes.
47: The final whistle blows to end the half.
45: Chile had a chance inside the Switzerland penalty area yet again, but again the move failed to produce anything worth mentioning.
The Chilean attackers seem to be distracted, and can not make quick decisions when the ball drops to them.
44: The Swiss side have refused to just sit back and defend for a point and Chile are still finding it hard to do anything creative in their opponents half.
42: Swiss Sub: Frei comes off for Barnetta. I would assume that this switch is a tactical change due to the sending off, more so than an injury concern for Frei.
41: Sanchez showed great control as he took a cross down on his chest inside the Swiss area, but his shot was tame and went straight at the Swiss keeper.
40: Suazo has been extremely poor for Chile. His touch and control has let him down since the game got started and in front of goal he has wasted two or three attempts.
35: Great defending from Switzerland as they turn a dangerous cross from a free-kick away from danger.
The Swiss should feel hard done by having Behrami sent-off, but as far as the game is concerned it is probably the best thing that could happen to open the game up more for Chile, who have been poor so far.
34: All the pressure goes on Chile know to take the game to the ten-men of Switzerland.
The card was coming from the first minute of the game as the referee came out and showed his intentions.
30: And there it is. The first red card of the game goes to Switzerland's Behrami.
He was trying to hold off Vidal and caught him in the face. The ref showed the yellow haired man the game's first red.
The card was harsh and Vidal certainly helped the ref make up his mind, but Behrami was very stupid and ignorant to throw his arm the way he did.
28: A lapse in the Chile defense nearly lead to a goal for Switzerland. A weak back-pass nearly put Nkufo through on goal.
27: In fairness to Switzerland they are trying to go forward with menace, but their efforts are just very limited.
Neither team can really gather any momentum or flow in the game.
24: Carmona misses the next game due to picking up the third yellow card of the game, and the referee is being very petty with his decisions.
20: Nkufo receives the second yellow card of the game for no apparent reason. The game being set-up by the official for a certain dismissal.
The game is still very sloppy and only Chile have managed to muster up a shot of any real danger.
15: Tackles have gone flying in from Chile and I think a red card will be shown during this game based on the opening quarter of an hour.
10: Chile force two good saves from the Swiss keeper and Chile look like they are the more likely to score.
09: The game has really failed to start just yet. Both teams have been poor in possession and neither have really had a decent move going forward.
05: No doubt the Sepp Blatter will be in attendance watching his country in action and he will not like the number of empty seats in the stadium.
04: The sun is shining but it seems to be quite windy. Already I have seen about seven or eight pairs of grey and orange Nike boots.
Either Nike are giving them out for free, or all the teams stole a Nike delivery truck before the World Cup.
01: Frei is wearing a cast on his wrist. The first card of the game and it only took one minute for Suazo to be booked.
00: The weather is much better for this game compared to the rain that was pouring down on Portugal and North Korea earlier.
Switzerland start the game.
5 minutes until kickoff: I wonder how many players will be wearing the grey and orange Nike boots. I would not be surprised to see 50 percent of the starting 22 players wearing them.
16 minutes until kickoff: Switzerland get their main man, Alexander Frei back to captain the side and lead the front-line, so Switzerland may be a little more threatening go forward against Chile.
30 minutes until kickoff: This game should be an exciting match-up. Switzerland will be torn between trying to fight for a point and go all out against Honduras in the final game, or to go and try pick up all three points against Chile.
Isla - Ponce - Medel -Jara
Fernandez - Carmona - Vidal
Beausejour - Suazo - Sanchez
One To Watch: Humberto Suazo
Lichtsteiner - Von Bergen - Grichting - Ziegler
Behrami - Inler - Huggel - Fernandes
Frei (C) - Nkufo
One To Watch: Alexander Frei
Chile play a delightful style of football which is very nice on the eyes. If Switzerland sit back and try and defend for their lives again, Chile will pick them off. A Chile win is on the cards but the Swiss have shocked me once already in this tournament.
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