Group H game 3 – Switzerland versus Chile

Roger won after a slow start...Can the Swiss overcome being down by 10 men?

PEEEEEP PEEP PEEP. Chile win a game which got progressively entertaining. They top the group with 6 points. Spain has to win in two hours.

92:00 – Valdivia earns a yellow for diving. He seems to agree with the ref.

3 minutes of added time.

90:00 – Derdiyok misses a glorious opportunity to draw level as a lovely inter change of passing and a great dummy gifts the ball to the young forward who shoots wide.

89:00 – Chile counter 3 on 2 and Paredes does it all on his own, bursting into the penalty area, twist and jukes but his final shot is wide.

85:00 – Chile counter and Paredes is one on one but elects for power instead of placement and blasts it over.

83:00 – Switzerland send their first rocket into space courtesy of Lichtsteiner’s shot.

80:00 – Switzerland now committing more people forward (which is what lead to the goal in the first place). Chile with a win does not guarantee themselves a place in the next round but does set themselves up nicely!

75:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAAL. Gonzalez. Their world cup record for most amount of time without conceding a goal is finally over thanks to an open header by the Chilean winger. Chile 1 – Switzerland 0

70:00 – “The swiss defense is tighter than a tax man’s wallet”…fantastic! Federer won…phew!

68:00 – Switzerland countering well but their final ball is just a little too long.

65:00 – Switzerland come close on a free kick and win a corner in the process. Meanwhile an angry Federer demolishing Falla in the 5th set who had the audacity to take the first two sets.

61:00 – Things going a little crazy here as someone knocks a Swiss player in the face. Ref didn’t see anything and he lets everything go. Game is turning into something spicy which isn’t a word often used to describe anything Swiss.

55:00 – Benaglio showing his worth after Sanchez picks up a mistake from Grichting and is one one with the Swiss keeper but he comes out and blocks the effort. Excellent by the keeper, poor from the Chilean forward.

50:00 – Sanchez becoming increasingly dangerous but Grichting defends against him well.

49:00 – A disallowed goal. Sanchez fires from outside the box as a Chilean forward is in front of the keeper and therefore in the offside position.

48:00 – Barnetta gets a yellow a foul on Beausejour.

Suazo off for Valdivia and Gonzalez on for Vidal for Chile.

TWEEET and they’re off

Second about to start. Federer saves his blushes by forcing a 5th set after winning a 4th set tiebreak.

PEEEEP halftime. Not the best for Switzerland as they are down to 10 men and Federer is down 2 sets to 1 in the first round of Wimbledon.

2 minutes of added time.

40:00 – Sanchez receives a cross from Beausejour, has all the time in the world but shoots straight at Benaglio.

39:00 – The world is a cruel place in that it’s a shame that Suazo was not born in Slovenia. Seeing him in their national shirt would make him a spitting image of Charlie Brown (with a tan).

34:00 – Replays show that Vidal is trying to out act Keita for dramatic clutching off the face. To be fair to the Chilean, his face was touched.

33:00 – Well all that will do will ensure that Switzerland will not venture out of their own half for the rest of the game.

31:00 – RED CARD for Behrami as he flashes his arm at Vidals face who is wrestling him from behind. That was harsh.

30:00 – Switzerland showing a lot more attacking flair now as they’re maintaining  much more possession

25:00 – Ref getting a little card happy as he hands Ponce a card for a dangerous play. Maybe it was more for mouthing off. Either way it really wasn’t warranted in my mind.

23:00 – Carmona gets a yellow for scything down Behrami. Free kick though is harmless.

17:00 – Both these games very similar to their first round games. Chile relentless attacking from the wings and Switzerland doggedly defending, venturing forward when they can.

12:00 – Sanchez bursts down the wing, stops on a dime and tee’s up Suazo who comically swings and misses.

10:00 – Benaglio with two excellent saves in a row to keep Switzerland level.

Back in the line up after injury, can Suazo add to an already potent Chilean attack.

3:00 – And once again an amazing stat for Switzerland. They have not conceded a goal since against Spain in the 1994 world cup!

2:00 – Suazo’s first contribution to this world cup campaign is to earn a yellow for a clumsy challenge.

TWEEEEEEEET and they’re off.


Line ups

Chile (3-3-1-3):-Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Waldo Ponce, Arturo Vidal; Gary Medel, Carlos Carmona, Gonzalo Jara; Matias Fernandez; Alexis Sanchez, Humberto Suazo, Jean Beausejour.

Switzerland (4-4-2): Diego Benaglio; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Stephane Grichting, Steve Von Bergen, Reto Ziegler; Valon Behrami, Gokhan Inler, Benjamin Huggel, Gelson Fernandes; Alexander Frei, Blaise Nkufo.


Chile beat Honduras 1-0 though should have a lot more. Switzerland stunned Spain who had 25 plus shots on goal and Switzerland only three though one went in and a second was inches from doing so.


Welcome to the last games of round 3. First up Chile versus Switzerland. Excitement and flair versus cagey defensive efficiency.

17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/21 at 7:36 AM

    That was a harsh red. Another fine acting job.The Swiss were going to be hard pressed for scoring chances with 11 men


  2. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/21 at 7:59 AM

    On the Federer and Swiss team parallels he is losing to a South American!


  3. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/21 at 8:09 AM

    Sanchez has been a menace to the Swiss to start the second half


  4. Posted by Tom M on 2010/06/21 at 8:25 AM

    The guy who poked the Swiss player in the face did get a yellow. Hard to tell who doesn’t have a yellow in this one. Maybe the ref will caution both teams the way umpires warn both benches in baseball. He may as well with so many players on a caution. It must be said the players do not make reffing easy with all the stuff they pull.


  5. Posted by Joe on 2010/06/21 at 8:55 AM

    Another ref taking it upon himself to ruin the outcome of a game. Reoccurring theme of this World Cup unfortunately.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/21 at 8:58 AM

      Yeah, though I thought overall he was quite good.

      That should have been a yellow and a talking too but Behrami was getting feisty. It didn’t hurt that the play acting/drama effected the decision. Same with the Kaka sending off, the referee was duped. I don’t blame him for that.


  6. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/21 at 9:05 AM

    Ixnay on the tennisa :>


  7. Posted by Johninho on 2010/06/21 at 9:58 AM

    Very happy to see Chile rewarded with three points. Most positive team at World Cup.


  8. In case it hasn’t been said enough, Shaun you are doing a great job with the game commentary. I appreciate being able to check this site during my workday and know which games to watch later that night.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/21 at 11:24 AM

      Thank you very much Nick. My pleasure.


      • Posted by kaya on 2010/06/21 at 3:14 PM

        Hear hear. When you get done with the WC, will TSG give you a bloody mary patch to add to your brownie sash?
        Hmm, if they gave out bloody mary patches, I might’ve actually become a girl scout.


  9. Sorry to start a completely different conversation, if France doesn’t show, that would give South Africa a 3-0 win, or a 1-0 win?

    If either Mexico or Uruguay shit-stomp the other one it would possible for South Africa to move on to the 2nd Round, right?


    • Posted by kaya on 2010/06/21 at 3:16 PM

      Oh come on, they’ll show. For one thing, FIFA would fine the crap out of them and ban them from the next WC. The players are treading close enough to pissing off the general population as it is, they aren’t going to go for broke and give people someone else to blame besides Domenech.


  10. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/21 at 3:35 PM

    I think France will get it together enough to put on a decent showing, but Uruguay and Mexico will probably agree to tie if at half time the French are up. According to soccernet, the french players suddenly realize they’re the laughing stock of the world. Maybe the rest of the team will even agree to pass the ball to Gourcuff on that account.


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