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Monday, June 21, 2010

Chile 1-0 Switzerland


The Line-Ups:


Chile: 1-Claudio Bravo; 4-Mauricio Isla, 17-Gary Medel, 3-Waldo Ponce, 8-Arturo Vidal, 6-Carlos Carmona, 18-Gonzalo Jara, 14-Matias Fernandez, 9-Humberto Suazo, 15-Jean Beausejour, 7-Alexis Sanchez.

Switzerland: 1-Diego Benaglio; 2-Stephan Lichtsteiner, 13-Stephane Grichting, 5-Steve Von Bergen, 17-Reto Ziegler; 11-Valon Behrami, 8-Gokhan Inler, 6-Benjamin Huggel, 16-Gelson Fernandes; 9-Alexander Frei, 10-Blaise Nkufo.


We were heading to this expected match day number two of the Group H with Chile needing to beat Switzerland in order to relax against Spain in the last fixture of the group stage.

Here’s another case of slight differences regarding competitive matches. Switzerland took the best of the h-2-h winning 2 games against 1 from Chile, but the only match played in official competitions saw Chile edge Swiss 3-1 in the 1962 World Cup that actually they hosted.

Switzerland had not conceded a goal for sixteen years in terms of World Cup competition and they surely kept that record alive after winning against Spain, but that was before they were facing the ultra offensive’s Bielsa side.

When everyone was entertained and hopeful to have a stunning match on display the referee Al Ghamdi decided to send off Behrami with a straight red card based upon assumption that the Swiss player wanted to assault Vidal. If he sent Behrami off then even before he should have had the same criteria against the scissor tackle by Carmona on the Swiss player. First half was lively but not a lot of chances were on the field by that time.

Entering the second half we seen a much more determined team incentivized by Bielsa instructed to attack, attack, attack in order to go and break a defensive wall from Switzerland that did not look to aim not even in the counter, at least before the goal they took later on.

We had an offside goal by the 49th minute when three Chilean players were categorically offside and so Chile had to keep pressuring on Switzerland hoping to break such prolific wall designed by Ottmar Hitzfeld that would only had lost in the time has been in charge against Luxembourg way back.

When you have 7 clear chances to score against 1 from your opponent that almost means that if you don’t win is simply because you were completely inaccurate in the biggest competition that has not room for such specifics. Chile kept pressuring and playing their direct game-plan based on the incursion of Valdivia, Sanchez and Gonzalez. Coach that knows how to change a game from the bench is to be considered among the best in any sport and so it is obsessed tactician Marcelo Bielsa that looks like he can or will lead Argentina after the World Cup case La Albiceleste fails to achieve the cup as expected.

Bielsa sent on 2 players, Valdivia and Gonzalez that would change completely the outcome of the match without forgetting the MOM Alexis Sanchez that after this performance seems to be a hot contender for Best Youth Player of The World Cup.

The only way that Chile could score against the Swiss would be using their tactical knowledge, pace and insight. And so they done that…They orchestrated a way of beating the offside trap designed by the Swiss and took advantage of the right positioning of Paredes that drove at high speed like if he was being chased by the police just to perfectly place the ball into the head of Mark Gonzalez that in an even more flawless and fashionable way found the net and the clock was on the 75th minute.

While Chile thought they had it and kept going forward instead of slowing the tempo of play Switzerland felt that they should teach a lesson like they did against Spain. When everyone was thinking about the Chilean second goal the defense of La Roja just shown their weaknesses and it was Derdiyok that from close range failed to score what would have been a killer goal after a fantastic play by Switzerland. The chance went begging but allowed Bielsa to reflect a bit more in depth about how easily Chile can be exposed at the back and that only fantastic goalkeeper Bravo will not make the Chilean defense solid.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Sanchez


Chile 1-0 Switzerland (Highlights)

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