Group H – Round 3 games – Spain versus Chile, Switzerland versus Honduras

"...and currently can’t hit a cow’s ass with a banjo.". Thanks Kickette!

Well Chile will meet Brazil and Spain will meet Portugal. What a mouth watering round of 16!

2 minutes of added time in the Spain/Chile game

90:00 – Fabregas with a swing and miss, though if asked later I bet he says he was leaving it for someone else.

4 minutes of additional time in the Swiss game.

86:00 – Derdiyok gets another easy opportunity but his ball control fails him. That should have been 1-0. If the young striker had converted all his easy chances (3 so far), Switzerland would have won the group!

76:00 – Crunch time for Switzerland as they need to win by 2 goals if they want to advance to the next round.

69:00 – Spectacular save by Benaglio to keep Switzerland’s hopes alive as he saves on a one on one situation by diving and punching clear.

65:00 – Sanchez who has been largely anonymous in this game is off and Orellana is on.

55:00 – Torres off, Fabregas on. His first touch is sublime and almost sets up Villa for his fourth goal of the tournament but it’s nicely cut out by a Chilean defender.

50:00 – Honduras counter well and just miss an opportunity to go ahead but their striker could not connect on the cross.

47:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAALLL. MILLAR with a peach of a goal. Actually on replay it took a big deflection that confused Casillas but a goal is a goal and Chile are back in it. Chile 1Spain 2

46:00 – Paredes and Millar on for Chile, Valdivia and Gonzalez off

46:00 – Hakan Yakin on for switzerland, Fernandes off.

Half time in the other game as goals from Villa and Iniesta give Spain a commanding 2-0 lead.

Half time in the Swiss game as the score is level at 0

ESPN 3 crapped out so lost feed for the Switzerland/Honduras game for 6 minutes, but it doesn’t look like anything of note has happened

37:00 – Torres gets fouled during the buildup but the referee decides it was malicious and sends Estrada off with his second yellow.

37:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL – Iniesta. A lovely bit of inter passing in true Spanish style, sets up Iniesta and the Barcelonan midfielder passes it into the back of the net. Spain 2 Chile 0

34:00 – Beausejour tries to chip Casillas but Pique in the nick of time puts a foot in and deflects it out for a corner.

34:00 – Switzerland heaping on the pressure but Honduras holding out well.

24:00 – GOOOOOOAAAAAL. AND WHAT A GOAL by VILLA. A thru ball is sent for Torres and the keeper comes 2o yards outside his box on the wing to tackle him but the ball rebounds to Villa who one times it from 50 yards away into the empty net. That took a lot of skill and nerve but what a mistake from the Chilean keeper. Spain 1Chile 0

17:00 – Great chance for Switzerland as Barnetta sends a great cross to Derdiyok who heads wide. That’s the second easy chance he has missed in two games.

16:00 – Honduras looking dangerous on the counter but some poor ball control enables the Swiss to regroup and clear any danger.

14:00 – Valdivia cons the referee with a theatrical dive with very little contact. Sanchez receives the ball and tries a cheeky chip over Casillas who in a panic pushes it out for a corner.

11:00 – Switzerland playing much more aggressively then in their first two games send a shot inches wide.

10:00 – Bausejour does a lovely one two and cuts is back for Mark Gonzalez but it was a tad behind him and he skies it over.

5:00 – Capdevila sends a very long ball that Torres tries to latch on to but his shot is deflected and goes out for a corner.

4:00 – Everyone is getting on the act as the commentators remark on Torre’s new haircut!… and how it might be effecting his play.

TWEEEET(s) and the last games of the group stages is underway


Line Ups

Chile: 1-Claudio Bravo; 17-Gary Medel, 3-Waldo Ponce, 18-Gonzalo Jara; 4-Mauricio Isla, 3-Marco Estrada, 8-Arturo Vidal; 7-Alexis Sanchez, 10-Jorge Valdivia, 11-Mark Gonzalez; 15-Jean Beausejour.

Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 16-Sergio Busquets; 4-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi; 6-Andres Iniesta, 9-Fernando Torres, 7-David Villa.

Switzerland: 1-Diego Benaglio; 2-Stephan Lichtsteiner, 13-Stephane Grichting, 5-Steve Von Bergen, 17-Reto Ziegler; 7-Tranquillo Barnetta, 8-Gokhan Inler, 6-Benjamin Huggel, 16-Gelson Fernandes; 19-Eren Derdiyok, 10-Blaise Nkufo.
Subs: Wolfli, Magnin, Frei, Padalino, Yakin, Bunjaku, Schwegler,
Eggiman, Shaqiri, Leoni.

Honduras: 18-Noel Valladares; 2-Osman Chavez, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 5-Victor Bernardez, 16-Mauricio Sabillon, 17-Edgard Alvarez, 8-Wilson Palacios, 11-David Suazo, 6-Hendry Thomas, 10-Jerry Palacios, 7-Ramon Nunez.
Subs: Canales, Johnny Palacios, Pavon, Welcome, Espinoza, Garcia, Martinez, Turcios, Guevara, Izaguirre, Mendoza, Escober.


The best for last? This group could very well have three teams with 6 points. The pressure though is on Spain, many a pundits pre-tournament favorites to life the trophy.

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by BW on 2010/06/25 at 11:30 AM

    stands at the honduras match look worse than MLS. where is everyone? =(


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/25 at 11:32 AM

      Sadly this is not the most “sexiest” of games to the neutral. Why FIFA don’t invite some of the locals and children to enjoy the match i don’t know.


      • Posted by s44 on 2010/06/25 at 1:48 PM

        It seems the fans knew what was going to happen. About as unpleasant to watch as a wide-open game can get.


  2. Posted by Kevin Miller on 2010/06/25 at 11:39 AM

    lift the trophy*


  3. Is Switzerland pulling an Algeria….? They need to win 2-0 to advance, on it Watchmakers!


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/25 at 1:07 PM

      They’re actually attacking a lot, have had 60+ percent of the possession and as off now had 15 shots, 5 on target. The Honduran keeper is playing well but Switzerland’s final ball has not been great. They have 4 strikers on now too.


      • Nice. I love the 4 striker formation, watch for it in youth tournaments around the Minneapolis area in the next few years.


  4. If Chile pulls another one back and the Swiss can finally break the Hondurans, Spain will underwhelm yet again. I don’t see it happening but it would be something for Italy, France, and Spain out of the tourney.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/25 at 1:14 PM

      HMMMMMM…those three countries all mentioned in a sentence make me think of food and wine.


      • This fat kid is hungry too.


        • Posted by John on 2010/06/25 at 3:23 PM

          If we are having an International World Cup of food, Chile should be included as well. Due to their liberal usage of aged sausage and the ability of Chileans to pull home brew and fermented fruit combined with wine out of every corner of their place.


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