YOOOAdrian’s 2010 World Cup Recap- 6/16 Day 6

GROUP H

CHILE VS HONDURAS (Chi- 1-0)

  • It was 1-0, but Chile (and their Texas flag) whooped Honduras all up and down the pitch.  If only they had guys that could finish, it could have easily been 3-0, 4-0.  It will be interesting to see if goal differential will come back and haunt Chile.  As you will read below, you’ll know where I’m coming from.
  • I loved Chile’s attacking style.  Yes, someone in this World Cup (besides Germany) finally took initiative to actually try and score some goals.  They didn’t want a stinking draw. It is a bit concerning that it was just 1-0.  Chile regularly got inside the penalty box, and couldn’t put up more than 1 tally on the score sheet.  They were missing Humberto Suazo.
  • Chile usually plays with a back 3, but started with 4 to counter Honduras.  When Honduras came out to a 4-4-2 in the 2nd-half, Chile went back to their traditional 3-1-3-3 attacking formation.
  • Honduras’s best chance came on a set-piece.  In the 45th minute, GK Claudio Bravo tipped midfielder Ramon Nunez’s shot up and over the bar.
  • How good was Chile’s rising star Alexis Sanchez.  His quick feet and skill had Honduras defenders on their heels all-day.
  • Quick Stats- Chile broke a 48-year winning drought in the World Cup.  Chile 22-7 shot advantage, 64%-36% possession advantage.
  • Men of the Match
  • Chile- Alexis Sanchez
  • Honduras- Amando Guevara
  • GAME RATING-3/4*

Chile's Alexis Sánchez reacts during the World Cup group H soccer match between Honduras and Chile at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)

(Alexis Sanchez)

SPAIN VS SWITZERLAND (Swi- 1-0)

  • The 1st SHOCKER of the tournament thus far.  Switzerland’s defense, with a little luck, got a 1-0 victory over one of the Cup favorites Spain.  Team Baywatch’s goal come off a Alexei Casillas misplay as he came out to far in the penalty area.  Switzerland’s Eren Derdiyok then did a cart-wheel hitting the ball forward, and a facestomp on Spain’s Pique.  Gelson Fernandes then scored the easiest goal in the history of mankind, as he tapped in from a foot away.
  • The statistics in this one are eye-popping. Spain held possession 74% of the time, and took 25 shots.  Switzerland took 9 shots.  Stunning, stunning numbers, surely a 2% chance Switzerland wins.  This win was like the Houston Rockets winning the NBA Lottery and getting John Wall.
  • The paint was scraped off the post twice in this one.  First, in the 70th minute Xabi Alonso completely obliterated a shot that rung off the bar.  If it was “Sandlot,” that ball would have exploded.  The 2nd scraper came in the 75th minute.  On a counter-attack Eren Derdiyok got by Puyol and gave the ball a little flick of the side of his right foot.  It beat the keeper, but not the post.
  • Like Brazil, Spain didn’t start getting into the game until the 2nd-half.  The urgency wasn’t there until the Switzerland goal.  I felt that Spain played to narrow, there was no variety offensively, they struggled with their crosses, and the full-backs didn’t get forward enough.  This is the World Cup, really Spain, really?
  • Fernando Torres came in the 62nd minute, and Cesc Fabregas never came into the game.  Things to look at for their next match against Honduras.
  • Is it just me, or does the Swiss’s keeper Diego Benaglio look like ESPN’S Colin Cowherd? 
  • Quick Facts- No team has ever won the World Cup after losing their 1st match.  This is just Spain’s 2nd loss in their last 50 games, and the loss ended a 12 game winning streak.
  • Men of the Match
  • Switzerland- Eren Derdiyok
  • Spain- Xavi
  • GAME RATING- 3 1/2*

(Diego Benaglio)

 

(Colin Cowherd)

GROUP H STANDINGS

  1. Switzerland (3 pts)
  2. Chile (3 pts)
  3. Spain (0 pts)
  4. Honduras (0 pts)

GROUP A

URUGUAY VS SOUTH AFRICA (Uru- 3-0)

  • For South Africa, this was supposed to be the capper to a day full of celebration.  On Youth Day, South Africa showed their World Cup youth and inexperience.  They once again came out nervous and shaky in the 1st-half. 
  • In a way, I really feel for South Africa.  To me, they simply choked under the pressure.  They showed they were good enough to keep with the elite after their game with Mexico.  Today, their passing game was erratic, and they simply did not have many chances or looks at goal.
  • South Africa’s Steven Pienaar was hyped as Bafana Bafana’s best player.  He has been extremely disappointing in South Africa’s 1st two contests in the midfield. 
  • Itumeleng Khnune was given a red card for tripping Luis Suarez in the box. 
  • Diego Forlan was given more of a roaming role.  South Africa had no answer.  He continually made things happen, netting two for Uruguay. 
  • Not much more to write about this one, just a sad day for South Africa futbol.  Have you ever heard a stadium so quiet at the end of a World Cup match?  This gave me horrid memories of Tampa Bay beating Philadelphia in the 2002 NFC Championship.  Man was it quiet after that Buc drubbing.  I’ll never get over that fat-ass Warren Sapp winning a Super Bowl, but that’s another story for another day.   
  • In all likelihood, South Africa will be out unless they pull a miracle against France.
  • Quick Facts- No host nation has failed to make it into the knock-out stage.  Forlan was the first player to score 2 or more goals so far in this World Cup.
  • Men of the Match
  • Uruguay- Diego Forlan
  • South Africa- Aaron Mokoena
  • GAME RATING- 1/2*

(Diego Forlan)

GROUP A STANDINGS

  1. Uruguay (4 pts)
  2. Mexico (4 pts)
  3. France (1 pt)
  4. South Africa (1 pt)

Tomorrow’s Schedule

  • (7:30 est) Argentina vs South Korea
  • (10:00 est) Greece vs Nigeria
  • (2:30 est) France vs Mexico

 

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