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.
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.
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.