World Cup Daily Recap: Swiss shock Spain, Chile cruises, South Africa loses

World Cup Daily Recap: Swiss shock Spain, Chile cruises, South Africa loses

World Cup 2010

World Cup Daily Recap: Swiss shock Spain, Chile cruises, South Africa loses

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Spain entered its World Cup opener against Switzerland on a 12-game winning streak and as the heavy favorites to not only win the game and Group H, but also the World Cup. 

Nobody told Switzerland that.

The Swiss displayed an impressive defensive effort, holding David Villa and Spain scoreless en route to a shocking 1-0 victory that to this point is the upset of the tournament. 

The goal came in the 52nd minute when Eren Derdiyok rounded Iker Casillas only to be tackled by Gerard Pique. With the ball lying in front of the net, Gelson Fernandes raced onto it and smashed it into the goal, giving Switzerland an unlikely lead.

In one of the more exciting halves played so far, Spain desperately threw numbers forward in search of an equalizer. Xabi Alonso came close to tying the game in the 70th, when his shot from distance smacked off the crossbar.

Here are the match highlights, as well as from the rest of Wednesday's games:


Uruguay shuts out South Africa, 3-0

South Africa came one step closer to unwanted history as it lost to Uruguay, 3-0, in its second match in Group A.

The hosts put forth a dismal performance against Uruguay, looking lifeless in attack and struggling to cope with the creativity of Diego Forlan. The loss gave South Africa just one point through two games, raising the chances of it becoming the first host nation to not make it out of the group stage.

Forlan put Uruguay ahead in the first half with a 25-yard shot that took a deflection before sailing over South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Khune's night got worse when he received a red card in the second half for clipping Luis Suarez on a clear goalscoring opportunity in the penalty area. Forlan stepped up and scored the ensuing spot kick, making him the tournament's first multi-goal scorer.

Alvaro Pereira added a third in stoppage time, sloppily finishing off a Suarez cross from close range.

Here are the match highlights:

Chile cruises to 1-0 victory over Honduras

Jean Beausejour scored in the first half of Chile's Group H opener to give the South Americans a 1-0 win against Honduras.

Breaking a 48-year streak of failing to win a match at a World Cup, Chile enjoyed a successful return with a dominant performance against Los Catrachos. Despite scoring just once, Chile was rarely troubled by a dormant Honduras attack and took a deserved lead in the 34th minute. 

Right back Mauricio Isla made an overlapping run down his flank before serving in a cross that Beausejour netted off his backside off a failed clearance attempt from Sergio Mendoza.

Chile came close to adding to its lead on several occasions, including on a point-blank header from defender Waldo Ponce that was incredibly parried by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

Here are the match highlights:

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What do you think of Switzerland's performance vs. Spain? Shocked Spain lost? Disappointed by South Africa's showing? Who had a stronger performance, Chile or Uruguay? Do you see Honduras scoring a goal this World Cup?

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