Switzerland Shocks World Cup Favored Spain

Switzerland utilised a Gelson Fernandez goal in the 52nd minute to shock Spain 1- in probably the biggest upset of the opening round of Globe Cup play. Spain entered the competition as 1 of the favorites to win the complete tournament, but was shut down by a feisty Switzerland defense. Spain controlled possession throughout and outshot their opponents 25-9, but only five of their shots have been ‘on goal’. It was the 5th consecutive Globe Cup shutout for the Swiss group, who made it by means of the complete 2006 World Cup without having conceding a purpose prior to getting eliminated on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.

Not surprisingly, the Switzerland victory also developed a hefty soccer betting payday for their economic supporters. The Swiss had been a +1100 underdog to take 3 points from their opening game. Spain had been installed as a -400 favorite, with the odds on the draw priced at +400. And has turn out to be the common refrain in the course of this quite low scoring Globe Cup, the single aim scored went properly Beneath the posted total of 2′.

Switzerland employs a ‘bend but never break’ defensive style, which permitted Spain to handle possession and play but yielded extremely couple of important scoring chances. For the game, Spain held a 74% to 26% time of possession benefit and outshot Switzerland 25-9. Spain’s passing game was gorgeous-they completed 574 passes, which is the most so far in the 2010 tournament. That is tiny consolation to the Group H favorites who now uncover themselves with out a point right after one particular game.

Right after Gelson Fernandez scored on a rare Swiss counterattack, Spain wasn’t capable to recover. Soon after the game Fernandez seemed as shocked by his second purpose in International play as anybody:

“To be fair, I’m not employed to scoring goals, so I was a bit shocked. It was a bit of luck.”

Switzerland coach stated that slowing tempo was the crucial to victory:

“These had been 3 unexpected points. If you play an attacking game against Spain, you will shed and suffer one particular aim soon after the subsequent.”

Spanish coach Vincente del Bosque was undeterred by the loss:

“These days wasn’t our day. We have two games ahead of us. We have to locate a way to win them.”

In spite of Spain’s #1 FIFA ranking and status as pre tournament favorites, they had a lot of history against them. Only two of the last eight reigning European champions have won their opening match in the Globe Cup, with the final becoming Germany in 1998. In addition, Spain has in no way sophisticated previous the quarterfinals in Globe Cup play since its fourth location finish in 1950.

None of this will help 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 likely produce a blowout outcome. Spain will have a much more tough time against a strong Chile side in their final Group H game.