A Gelson Fernandes (pictured) goal just on 52 minutes saw Switzerland to a stunning 1-0 victory over Spain at Durban Stadium. The Swiss defense was resolute, constantly stifling the Spanish attack and only allowing several real shots to trouble keeper Diego Benaglio. Meanwhile Spain could not figure out how to take advantage of their star striker David Villa, alone up top, and the inclusion of a very rusty Fernando Torres in the second half was ultimately not enough to change the course of the game. Obviously the result is the most shocking of the tournament so far and really almost mirrored North Korea’s efforts yesterday against Brazil. The compact nature of the Swiss formation smothered everything in the interior for Spain, forcing them out wide. Whether that is a recipe Honduras and Chile can follow in upcoming games remains to be seen, but the evolution of Group H has now begun.
Speaking of Chile, they held out for as dominating a 1-0 victory as one can find thanks to a Jean Beausejour goal at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Chile’s three points came at the expense of an overmatched Honduras side. The Hondurans had no answers for the speed and skill of Chile and the score line is in no way indicative of how much better Chile were than their opponents. Chile move to the top of Group H thanks to their three points and alphabetical primacy over Switerland. Honduras have a long road ahead if they wish to advance.