World Cup: Day 6

Day six of the World Cup finally gave us a look at heavy favourites Spain as they took on Switzerland, a team that was without their top striker and Captain.

Other action saw tiny, tiny Honduras taking on a lively  Chile side that holds real hopes of moving onto the round of sixteen, even though they have failed to win a match in 48 years.

The final match of the day sees the host nation, South Africa, facing an inspired Uruguay side led by captain and striker, Diego Forlan. After their opening day draw, Bafana Bafana will be looking to clinch three points to book their place in the next round and anything less than a win will leave the home nation needing a win against France in their final match.

Honduras 0 – 1 Chile

The Chileans boast an exciting, South American style that saw them come into the World Cup as a force to be reckoned with and high hopes of moving on, while Honduras was just hoping to finish with respectable score lines.

Honduras, with three Palacios brothers dressed in the lineup, settled in with some steely defence and showed a resilient mentality to hold on during impressive early pressure by the Chileans.  However, it was not enough as the man with the longest name i’ve ever seen, Jean Andre Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo scored in the 34th minute to give Chile a well deserved lead.

Scoring chances were few in the first half for Honduras and they will have felt lucky to escape down by just one goal at the half. The second half was more of the same and the final shots were 17 to 5 in favour of the South Americans, who easily took the full points and look in good position to make it through to the knockout stages.

Man Of the Match: Jean Andre Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo

Spain 0 – 1 Switzerland

In the build-up to this match I heard a colleague say that the raw talent of the Spanish side will easily make the underdog Switzerland side look like Swiss cheese and in all fairness, not many gave the Swiss side a shot in the dark against the defending European Cup champions.

As predicted Spain came out attacking, dominating possession and turned the Swiss end into a shooting gallery and with shot after shot after shot after shot being turned away by the Swiss Goalie , Diego Benaglio and their defence bravely throwing themselves in front of the ball.

Going into halftime the Spanish Armada must have been frustrated, with so much possession and so little to show for it.

Against all odds, it was however, Switzerland who hit the back of the net first. In the 52nd minute after a scramble in the box and bodies flying everywhere, Gelson Fernandes become a house hold name across Switzerland burying a goal and putting the Swiss on top.

The next 40 minutes was a testament to the defensive play of Switzerland and they frustrated David Villa and company, but the Swiss managed to hold on and they pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent history.

Man Of The Match: Diego Benaglio

South Africa 0 – 3 Uruguay

Bafana Bafana was in tough against a feisty Uruguayan side who harboured dreams of making it through to the second round, but the hosts needed to dig in hard and find goals from somewhere.

Unfortunately, for the home nation there were no goals to be found as Diego Forlan and his South American counterparts ran the South African’s ragged, clearly showing the difference in class that became more and more evident as the match went on.

Diego Forlan took control of the game and scored in the 24th minute, with a shot that deflected in past goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and gave Uruguay their first lead of the match. After being my man of the match for South Africa last game, it was Khune’s time to play villain as he was red carded in the 76th minute for challenging Luis Suarez in the box and missing the ball.

Forlan easily converted and made the score 2-0, before Alvaro Pereira added a third goal, with Uruguay walking away with their first win at the World Cup since 1990.

Man Of The Match: Diego Forlan


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