Switzerland utilised a Gelson Fernandez objective in the 52nd minute to shock Spain 1- in perhaps the largest upset of the opening round of Globe Cup play. Spain entered the competitors as a single of the favorites to win the whole tournament, but was shut down by a feisty Switzerland defense. Spain controlled possession all through and outshot their opponents 25-9, but only five of their shots have been ‘on goal’. It was the 5th consecutive Planet Cup shutout for the Swiss group, who created it by means of the complete 2006 Globe Cup without having conceding a aim ahead of being eliminated on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
The Switzerland victory also produced a hefty soccer betting payday for their economic supporters. The Swiss have been a +1100 underdog to take 3 points from their opening game. Spain had been installed as a -400 favourite, with the odds on the draw priced at +400. And has become the widespread refrain in the course of this quite low scoring Planet Cup, the single goal scored went well Beneath the posted total of 2′.
Switzerland employs a ‘bend but never break’ defensive style, which permitted Spain to control possession and play but yielded quite few considerable scoring possibilities. For the game, Spain held a 74% to 26% time of possession advantage and outshot Switzerland 25-9. A lot more considerably, nevertheless, Spain managed only 5 shots on objective. Spain’s passing game was lovely-they completed 574 passes, which is the most so far in the 2010 tournament.
Following Gelson Fernandez scored on a rare Swiss counterattack, Spain wasn’t in a position to recover. After the game Fernandez seemed as shocked by his second objective in International play as anyone:
“To be fair, I’m not employed to scoring targets, so I was a bit surprised. It was a bit of luck.”
Switzerland coach stated that not playing Spain’s preferred style was the important to victory:
“These had been three unexpected points. If you play an attacking game against Spain, you will drop and endure one particular purpose following the subsequent.”
Spanish coach Vincente del Bosque was philosophic about the loss:
“Nowadays wasn’t our day. We have two games ahead of us. We have to discover a way to win them.”
Despite Spain’s #1 FIFA ranking and status as pre tournament favorites, they had a lot of history against them. Only two of the final eight reigning European champions have won their opening match in the Globe Cup, with the last getting Germany in 1998.
None of this will support Honduras, who’ll have to face Spain in the second game of Group H play. Their undisciplined play combined with a formidable foe that wants to win will most most likely produce a blowout outcome. Spain will have a a lot more challenging time against a solid Chile side in their final Group H game. Switzerland will appear to continue their defensive mastery of opponents on Saturday against Chile just before they finish their group play schedule on June 25 against Honduras.
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