On June 16, 2010, one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history happened at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
The upset happened in a match between Spain and Switzerland, with the latter pulling out a 1-0 win over the pre-tournament favorite Spanish side that won the European Championships just two years before.
During the match, the Spanish attack was stopped thanks to some incredible defending from Switzerland, along with a man of the match performance from goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
And the Swiss goal from Gelson Fernandes came off a strong counterattack with the Spanish defense still forward before keeper Iker Casillas decided to slide feet first into the ball instead of headfirst, which allowed the Swiss to get their goal.
Overall, this has been to date the best match of the entire World Cup, but now one must wonder this: Could Spain, the pre-tournament favorite to win the World Cup, fail to even reach the round of 16?
Why they could fail:
Spain could fail to advance for a variety of different reasons.
For starters, Spain's defense was once again shown to be the Achilles' heel of the national side, as the defense went too far forward in the attack to get back on the counterattack by the opposition.
For that exact reason, Spain conceded one goal and should have conceded another goal if the post did not shoot the ball and away from danger.
Spain could also fail due to the fact that they were unable to finish.
Sure, the Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio was great in goal, but Switzerland's defense also made sure that Spain did not get as many close-range shots as they did inside of the box, which was a major factor in Spain not scoring at all.
But most importantly, Spain could also fail due to what lies ahead of them.
Spain should not overlook Honduras one bit, as Honduras are going to put all of their resources together to beat Spain. And then their is Chile, a side that scores plenty of goals despite a porous defense.
Add that in with Spain's terrible record in South Africa since advancing onto the Confederations Cup semifinals last June in the rainbow nation (now 1-0-2 with the win coming in extra time against South Africa) and other aspects such as key players recently overcoming injuries, history of chocking, among other factors, there will be no way how Spain could advance.
Why they could still succeed:
Despite this loss, Spain are still one of the best sides in the world, and they can overcome anything.
So, what about the Confederations Cup and injuries, this Spanish side has been able to not lose in 35 straight matches, and will now start another streak!
To say that players such as Fernando Torres, David Villa, Iker Casillas, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and others will not advance is foolish.
We can crush Honduras like a nail while we are the hammer, and Chile's defense could be solved by youth-league players, so we should win both matches.
This result against Spain will never happen again! One loss to them in 19 matches, and it seem's like the world is going to end! Come on, already.
In the end, no matter what happens to Spain, the odds are now completely against them in every way possible.
This loss will be remembered by tons of fans for year's to come as the loss that cost Spain their chance to win the World Cup for the first time.
Now what will happen to Spain?
Will they make it into the finals, fall somewhere in the knockout stage, or not even advance from their group?
Please tell me in the comment section below.