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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Spain 0-1 Switzerland


THE LINE-UPS:


Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 21-David Silva, 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi, 16-Sergio Busquets, 6-Andres Iniesta, 7-David Villa.

Switzerland: 1-Diego Benaglio; 13-Stephane Grichting, 2-Stephan Lichtsteiner, 4-Philippe Senderos, 17-Reto Ziegler; 7-Tranquillo Barnetta, 8-Gokhan Inler, 6-Benjamin Huggel, 16-Gelson Fernandes; 19-Eren Derdiyok, 10-Blaise Nkufo.


Is this for real? Perfect counter-attack from the Swisses through a long ball by Benaglio and Derdiyok tries to chip the ball over Casillas and Fernandes takes advantage of the rebound to place the ball into the net. So we have 53 minutes and Spain is trailing behind. Switzerland 1-0 Spain.

Spain must find a way to break through a 10 man wall from Switzerland that his using a fashionable catenaccio. The thing is that the Spanish are trying to pull a goal back by entering the box which is fully loaded and that might not be the smartest way to do it.

David Silva & Busquets are off to give away to starlet Jesus Navas and Fernando “El Nino” Torres. Surely now Villa will have more space to create danger alongside his fellow striker Torres.

Heading into 69 minutes and Xabi Alonso rocket hits the bar and the match still 1-0 favoring the Swiss.

Could you imagine? In the 74th minute and Switzerland was on the verge of scoring the 2-0 with an amazing play on the break just to see Derdiyok dribble everyone and hit the post.

The crazy betting guys that would have bet 1 Million euros would have got a millionaire 13 Millions out of that bet because no one saw this coming. Shocking victory for Switzerland against Spain and they keep the clean sheet as they have done in the last competition. A word of praise for Hitzfeld for making this possible against the nation that was playing the best football lately.


MAN OF THE MATCH – Benaglio

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