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WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« on: June 21, 2010, 06:19:28 AM »
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Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth is set to play host to an intriguing clash of styles on 21 June, when Chile take on Switzerland in their second Group H encounter at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Both sides kicked off their campaigns here in South Africa with 1-0 wins, with the livewire Chileans sinking Honduras and the resilient Swiss turning over European champions Spain.

The match
Chile-Switzerland, Group H, Port Elizabeth Stadium, Monday 21 June, 16.00 local time

Switzerland’s shock victory over the Spanish in Durban, secured by Gelson Fernandes’ 52nd-minute strike, underlined the defensive strength of a team that also played four games at Germany 2006 without conceding a goal. Now under the guidance of vastly experienced boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Helvetians worked overtime to nullify a La Selección attack which had hit 28 goals in ten European Zone qualifiers.

Nor can they expect a breather against Marcelo Bielsa’s all-action Chile side, noted for their non-stop attacking play and packed with young and gifted performers. Even without leading striker Humberto Suazo against Honduras, La Roja’s clutch of small, speedy front-runners created a host of presentable chances, though eventually had to settle for a win by the narrowest of margins.

Finally, the three points secured in their respective openers mean that, in the case of a draw in the Spain-Honduras clash in Johannesburg, a win for either Chile or Switzerland would guarantee them a place in the Round of 16.

Players to watch
Humberto Suazo v Diego Benaglio

Tall, agile and experienced, the 27-year-old Swiss keeper is at the peak of his powers, as he showed with a number of key stops against David Villa and Co. His next challenge will be to deny La Roja’s prolific front-man Suazo, who top scored with ten goals in South American Zone qualifying. Having missed the game against Los Catrachos with a muscle strain, could the Real Zaragoza hitman finally end Die Nati’s run of five consecutive clean sheets in FIFA World Cup finals action?

The stat
67 – The number of minutes Switzerland need to go without conceding against Chile to set a new record at the finals. Die Eidgenossen’s landmark currently stands at 484 minutes, the third best of all time, behind only Italy’s 550-minute record (set between 17 June 1986 and 3 July 1990) and England’s tally of 501 minutes (16 June 1982 to 3 June 1986).

What they said
“We don’t need to get the calculators out, because our fate is entirely in our own hands. Besides which, we’re not going to change of style of play because we’re taking on Switzerland. We always play the same way, as we showed against Honduras,” Luis Marin, Chile goalkeeper.

“We know we have to focus on playing well against Chile because it’s no good beating Spain and then playing badly in the next game. We know that we achieved something great and we’re all proud for our country, but we need to play a solid match against Chile because it’ll be another tough game,” Switzerland defender Reto Ziegler.

Voice of the fans
“This is going to be a demanding and difficult game. My feeling is that Chile are going to make it 1-0 in the first half and win the game eventually 2-1 or 2-0. The Swiss defence is fantastic, though at the moment they’re having to cope with some last-minute injuries. It goes without saying that Chile are much better going forward than Switzerland. The question is whether the Swiss fortress can hold out to the end or will cede to the pressure earlier,” Zellgadus, FIFA.com user.

The question
Will Switzerland avoid conceding long enough in order to set a FIFA World Cup record? Or will the Chileans’ darting front-line create enough havoc to win the game and go clear at the top of Group H?
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 06:33:07 AM »
Chile need to beat Switzerland and get a couple goals too. It would be a shame if they miss out on the 2nd round becaue they they play arguably the best ball of the first round.

If everybody beat Honduras and Spain beat Chile all teams could be tied on 6 points and Chile would suffer for scoring only one goal against Honduras.

They only hope is for Honduras to play Switzerland tight and/or that they get something from the Spain game.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2010, 08:18:57 AM by JDB »
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2010, 07:57:08 AM »
The Swiss team doh concede at all...they just defend all 90 minutes and hope to score on a counterattack otherwise they settle for 0-0 draw....chile loves to attack and Suazo is back, hope Chile mash dem up.


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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2010, 08:14:06 AM »
Chile ain't bet they playing a nice brand nah.

They hitting some nice rockets too.

Kicking has been so poor in this WC that it exciting to see a good shot.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2010, 08:24:49 AM »
Look fellas ! No shirt pulling eh. Yuh could

handle de ball but NO SHIRTPULLING !

FIFA doh wah no nonsesne!
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2010, 08:32:57 AM »
Harsh red card for Behrami there
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2010, 08:39:05 AM »
Harsh red card for Behrami there

bad call, now de swiss going to play ah 7-1-1.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2010, 08:52:51 AM »
Common sense gone out of refereeing. yellow card at best
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2010, 08:55:03 AM »
Referees doing shit this WC
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2010, 09:08:50 AM »
Referees doing shit this WC
This ref from Saudi Arabia. He mus be bias against Switzerland. (if the USA fans could say it...)

There is a general perception out here that the refs from "3rd world" countries are not as good. But we've seen crap refs from all over the world. I think the biggest issue is not the blown calls, which happen all the time in every game. It's the consistency of application of the rules. Either you being super strickt, or you letting the games play. When one ref letting you mug the opponents and then the next one turn around and giving cards for not having your shirt tucked in, it makes for a lot of frustration.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2010, 09:21:58 AM »
I also think , FIFA should review the video after the games and men cards for faking as well. That would cut that crap down real quick. Every time you touch some of these players, they fall down holding they face.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2010, 09:33:52 AM »
Chile romping hard
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2010, 09:34:29 AM »
Switzerland finally crack.
It look offside to me though.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2010, 09:36:14 AM »
What a cross.

It would be a shame if Chile doesn't win this game.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2010, 09:39:31 AM »
Good game. Chile real playing.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2010, 09:42:47 AM »
The best game of de tourney but swiss so dangerous,dey

could come back an equalize.With a war of attrition,anybody

will breakdown.Nice game.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2010, 09:43:42 AM »
Referees doing shit this WC
This ref from Saudi Arabia. He mus be bias against Switzerland. (if the USA fans could say it...)

There is a general perception out here that the refs from "3rd world" countries are not as good. But we've seen crap refs from all over the world. I think the biggest issue is not the blown calls, which happen all the time in every game. It's the consistency of application of the rules. Either you being super strickt, or you letting the games play. When one ref letting you mug the opponents and then the next one turn around and giving cards for not having your shirt tucked in, it makes for a lot of frustration.
The ref in the Brazil game yesterday is a Frenchman. I think this is his second world cup too.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2010, 09:44:10 AM »
The best game of de tourney but swiss so dangerous,dey

could come back an equalize.With a war of attrition,anybody

will breakdown.Nice game.
That side real negative.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2010, 09:45:21 AM »
Chile v Spain will be a beautiful game.

I hope that Honduras poison this Swiss side though.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2010, 09:49:39 AM »
It have plenty throw away in this game.
Them Chile players too greedy
The swiss just keep missing.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2010, 09:51:00 AM »
Yes!
Book his ass for diving!
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2010, 09:52:02 AM »
Chile playing beautifully no doubt! I can't believe though that with 4 minutes left and 1-0 up they still attacking with 6. Madness! The Swiss have to come forward,why not just keep possession and see out the game.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2010, 09:52:40 AM »
Yes!
Book his ass for diving!

And the man name Val-Diver too
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2010, 09:52:49 AM »
If dat chilean didn't dive,he coulda score the second goal.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2010, 09:55:48 AM »
If dat chilean didn't dive,he coulda score the second goal.
Latin teams dive too much.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #25 on: June 21, 2010, 09:57:53 AM »
Chile playing beautifully no doubt! I can't believe though that with 4 minutes left and 1-0 up they still attacking with 6. Madness! The Swiss have to come forward,why not just keep possession and see out the game.
Ruud Gulit agreed on that very point.

Ruud doing a great job btw.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #26 on: June 21, 2010, 11:16:58 AM »
The South American team was just better than the European team..

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 31 - Group H: Chile vs Switzerland
« Reply #27 on: June 21, 2010, 11:22:36 AM »
Dat Swiss player miss ah sitter near the last minute to poison Chile by equalizing de game....wheyyyy. Had he scored that the Swiss coulda have the best advantage in the group to move on the 2nd rounds with having to play Honduras next.