Underdogs Switzerland stunned fancied Spain 1-0 in a Group-H encounter of FIFA World Cup in Durban, South Africa on Wednesday. The upset provided the much needed drama to the current World Cup, all results of which so far have been on expected lines.
This was the first loss for Spain, which was widely believed to win the coveted trophy, in last 13 games and just second in 50 games. The victory was also Switzerland’s first over Spain.
Fifty-two minutes into the game, Eren Derdiyok of Switzerland created a chance when he ran through Spain’s defense till he was stopped by a rough tackle by Gerard Pique. Gelson Fernandes picked up the loose ball from where Derdiyok had left it and pushed it into the net, making it 1-0 over the European champions. It was luck, said Fernandes, while admitting that he was not used to scoring goals.
Ottmar Hitzfeld, Switzerland coach more or less agreed with Fernandes when he said, “These were three unexpected points.” Defense is the only way to take on Spain, adding that playing an attacking game would have been a huge mistake.
Otherwise, Spain dominated the proceedings retaining ball possession 63 percent of time. But, they could not break through dogged Swiss defense. “It just wasn’t our day today,” Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach said after the game, adding that the team had to find way to win the remaining two group games.
In other encounters on Wednesday, Chile defeated Honduras 1-0 and Brazil beat Korea 2-1.