• Date: Mon 21 June 2010
  • Venue: Port Elizabeth Stadium
  • Ref: Al Ghamdi, K
  • Attendance: 40,000
Chile

Chile

Gonzalez (75)

1 - 0

Chile vs Switzerland

Team Lineups

Chile

Claudio Bravo
Waldo Ponce
Mauricio Isla
Arturo Erasmo Vidal (Mark Gonzalez, 46)
Gary Medel
Gonzalo Jara
Carlos Carmona
Ariel Matias Fernandez (Esteban Paredes, 65)
Jean Beausejour
Alexis Sanchez
Humberto Hector Suazo (Jorge Valdivia, 46)

Switzerland

Diego Benaglio
Stefan Lichtsteiner
Steve von Bergen
Stephane Grichting
Reto Ziegler
Benjamin Huggel
Gokhan Inler
Valon Behrami
Gelson Fernandes (Albert Bunjaku, 77)
Alexander Frei (Tranquillo Barnetta, 42)
Blaise N'Kufo (Eren Derdiyok, 68)

Match Report
Ten-man Switzerland set a new record for not conceding a goal in the World Cup finals, before being undone by a late Mark Gonzalez goal which gave Chile a 1-0 victory in Port Elizabeth. The Swiss were boosted by the returns from injury of midfielder Valon Behrami and star striker Alexander Frei, while Chile drafted in Humberto Suazo and Gonzalo Jara for Rodrigo Millar and Jorge Valdivia. The game was competitive from the start with Humberto Suazo booked for a foul on Stephane Grichting in just the second minute. Eleven minutes in the South Americans went close twice in a matter of seconds, as Diego Benaglio kept out a Gary Medel drive from the left side and then parried away a powerful follow-up from Carlos Carmona. Referee Al Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia then booked another three players within seven first-half minutes, as the play continued to be broken up by a number of free-kicks. It came as no surprise, therefore, to see a red card brandished, with Behrami pushing an arm into the face of Arturo Vidal and being ordered off, in what seemed like a harsh decision. Chile pushed on after that, trying to take advantage of their extra man, but the closest they came to a breakthrough came five minutes before the interval, when Alexis Sanchez collected Jean Beausejour's deep cross superbly, but scuffed a shot from 12 yards straight at Benaglio. Chile made two changes at the interval and four minutes later Sanchez's deflected effort found the net via a deflection, but the offside flag was up and his celebrations were short-lived. Six minutes later Sanchez got in down the right, but Benaglio stood tall and made an excellent block, before the loose ball was hacked away. A rash of yellow cards followed to break up play and frustrate Chile, while the Swiss passed the previous mark of 550 minutes for not conceding a World Cup finals goal set by Italy. However, 15 minutes from time the Swiss were finally breached as Esteban Paredes broke the offside trap, rounded Benaglio and lifted the ball back into the area for Mark Gonzalez to head home. Paredes then passed up a couple of good chances to make the game safe and he was almost made to pay right at the death as Reto Ziegler and Albert Bunjaku helped to play in Eren Derdiyok, who sidefooted wide from 12 yards with just Claudio Bravo to beat.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: CHILE 1-0 SWITZERLAND.

90
Yellow Card
 

Valdivia thinks that he has a penalty, but instead he gets a booking for a dive. Good spot by the referee.

90

Chile almost paid the price for missing chances.

90

Three minutes of added time to be played.

90

What an opening for the Swiss, Ziegler and Bunjaku help to play in Derdiyok, who sidefoots wide from 12 yards out.

89

Paredes runs clear down the right and cuts inside, but shoots narrowly wide of the near post - that was a bad miss.

88

Paredes goes too soon and is flagged offside as the ball is played through.

87

Valdivia and Paredes lead a fluent attack which ends with Gonzalez sidefooting tamely at Benaglio.

85

Gonzalez has a shot deflected away for a throw-in deep in Swiss territory.

84

Paredes blasts a shot over the top with just Benaglio to beat, following good work by Gonzalez. That should have been 2-0.

83

Corner to Switzerland, they are having a right go.

81

Inler wins a free-kick for a dramatic fall under Valdivia's challenge.

80

Ten minutes left and Switzerland need to find a response.

78

Isla gains possession in the area, but loses his footing as he tries to get in a cross.

78

Barnetta's free-kick is deflected away for a corner, which eventually falls into Bravo's hands.

77
Substitution
 

Switzerland throw on Albert Bunjaku for Gelson Fernandes.

76

Well, that goal had definitely been coming.

75
Goal
 

CHILE 1-0 SWITZERLAND, the Swiss are finally beaten as Paredes breaks the offside trap, goes round Benaglio and lifts the ball into the area for GONZALEZ to head home.

74

Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is off the bench barking out orders.

72

Grichting has been outstanding in the Swiss defence and he watches on as Isla slices a cross straight out for a goal-kick.

70

Twenty minutes to go and Chile are still being frustrated.

68

Switzerland have set a new record for the longest time without conceding a goal in World Cup finals action - 551 minutes.

68
Substitution
 

Switzerland bring on Eren Derdiyok for N'Kufo.

66

Ziegler's free-kick from deep earns Switzerland a corner as Bravo gets a touch, but it comes to nothing.

65

Twenty-five minutes to play and Chile still can't find a way through.

65
Substitution
 

Fernandez makes way for Esteban Paredes.

63

N'Kufo leads a rare counter and his through-ball almost plays in Barnetta.

62

All these delays suit the Swiss rather than Chile.

61
Yellow Card
 

A melee in the area sees Medel add to the yellow card count, which stands at eight now.

60
Yellow Card
 

Fernandez is also shown a yellow card and will miss the final group game.

60
Yellow Card
 

Gokhan Inler hauls down Sanchez and is cautioned.

59

Fernandez's corner finds Gonzalez at the far post, but he heads well wide from a good position.

57

Grichting boots a Sanchez cross away, it's like defence against attack at the moment.

55

Sanchez is in down the right, but Benaglio stands tall and makes an excellent block and the ball is hacked away.

54

Valdivia gains possession on the right, but his cross is nowhere near any of his team-mates.

52

Switzerland are fighting for their lives here.

51

It's all about Sanchez as he almost gets in another shot.

50

Sanchez collects a ball over the top well, but Grichting makes a perfectly-timed interception to avert the danger.

49

Sanchez's deflected effort flies into the net via a deflection, but the offside flag is up and the celebrations are short-lived.

48
Yellow Card
 

Barnetta goes into the book for a foul on Beausejour.

48

No changes from the Swiss, who are set for a tough 45 minutes.

46
Substitution
 

Chile have brought on Valdivia for Suazo and Mark Gonzalez has taken the place of Vidal.

46

The second half gets underway.

Half time
 

Half-Time: CHILE 0-0 SWITZERLAND.

45

Sanchez's deflected shot is collected by Benaglio at his near post.

45

Two minutes of added time to be played.

43

N'Kufo blazes a shot way wide of goal from 25 yards, following a free-kick from the right by Barnetta.

42
Substitution
 

The Swiss make a change, with Frei making way for Tranquillo Barnetta.

42

It's now all Chile, with Switzerland penned back inside their own half.

40

Sanchez collects Beausejour's deep cross superbly, but scuffs a shot from 12 yards straight at Benaglio.

39

Beausejour's excellent cross from the left by-line is headed well over the top by Suazo.

38

Vidal tries his luck from long range, but it doesn't test Benaglio and it goes out for a goal-kick.

36

That set-piece is cleared, but Switzerland are under pressure now.

35

Beausejour earns a free-kick on the left edge of the penalty area as he is held by Lichtsteiner.

33

Fernandez's free-kick from the left is headed well wide of the near post, goal-kick to the Swiss.

32

Now Chile have a man advantage and will fancy their chances of making the breakthrough.

31
Red Card
 

Behrami pushes an arm into the face of Arturo Vidal and is ordered off, that seemed a bit harsh, but it had been coming.

29

Beausejour is caught offside over on the right, the game is being halted by the whistle far too often.

28

Claudio Bravo is quickly off his line to kick clear as N'Kufo races clear.

28

Still looking for the first goal, but the game is certainly well-contested.

26

Ziegler's free-kick from the left is headed just wide of the far post by Grichting.

25
Yellow Card
 

Waldo Ponce is next to be booked, for kicking the ball away after a free-kick was given.

24

Carmona's long ball down the right is just too far in front of Isla and it goes out for a goal-kick.

23
Yellow Card
 

Carmona goes into the book for a late challenge on Behrami, he will miss the final group game.

21

Referee Al Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia seems to be a bit whistle-happy.

20

Nearly 20 minutes played and Chile are the only side to have had an effort on goal so far.

18
Yellow Card
 

Blaise N'Kufo is cautioned for a slight shirt-pull, that seemed a bit harsh.

17

Matias Fernandez tries to find Mauricio Isla charging forward down the right, but the offside flag is up.

15

It's Chile enjoying most of the possession, but the Swiss are a tough nut to crack.

14

Sanchez earns a free-kick as Ziegler dives in.

12

The South Americans have definitely made the better start.

11

Chile go close twice in a matter of seconds as Diego Benaglio keeps out a Medel drive from the left side and then parries away a powerful follow-up from Carlos Carmona.

10

Stephane Grichting fouls and a free-kick is awarded.

9

Jean Beausejour is adjudged to be in an offside position. He really shouldn't have strayed there.

8

Alexander Frei wastes the free-kick as he chips it up and over his team-mates and behind for a goal kick.

7

Medel is penalised for handling. Controversial decision that one.

7

Valon Behrami and Stefan Lichtsteiner combine on the right, but their advances are thwarted.

6

Chile are showing their attacking intent in these early moments.

5

Reto Ziegler heads the set-piece to safety, but Sanchez picks up the loose ball and fires over from distance.

5

Nice play between Gary Medel and Alexis Sanchez sees the latter tripped and a free-kick is awarded to Chile.

4

Chile threaten through the middle of the park, but the Swiss defend stoutly.

2
Yellow Card
 

Suazo has been booked already, for a foul on Stephane Grichting.

1
Kickoff
 

Switzerland get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Chile draft in Humberto Suazo and Gonzalo Jara for Rodrigo Millar and Jorge Valdivia.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The Swiss are boosted by the returns from injury of midfielder Valon Behrami and star striker Alexander Frei.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Both sides won their opening games, meaning that the winner of this clash is all but certain to reach the knockout stages.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Chile and Switzerland meet in Port Elizabeth in a crucial game for the final outcome in Group H.