• Date: Fri 25 June 2010
  • Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
  • Ref: Baldassi, H
  • Attendance: 28,042

Switzerland vs Honduras

Team Lineups


Diego Benaglio
Stefan Lichtsteiner
Steve von Bergen
Stephane Grichting
Reto Ziegler
Benjamin Huggel (Xherdan Shaqiri, 78)
Tranquillo Barnetta
Gokhan Inler
Gelson Fernandes (Hakan Yakin, 46)
Blaise N'Kufo (Alexander Frei, 69)
Eren Derdiyok


Noel Valladares
Osman Chavez
Maynor Figueroa
Victor Bernardez
Mauricio Sabillon
Hendry Thomas
Ramon Nunez (Walter Martinez, 67)
Wilson Palacios
Edgar Alvarez
Jerry Palacios, Je (Georgie Welcome, 78)
David Suazo (Danilo Turcios, 87)

Match Report
Switzerland and Honduras are heading home from the World Cup after their goalless draw ensured Brazil and Chile progressed from Group H. Chile now play Brazil in the last-16 while Spain face a mouth-watering encounter with Portugal on Tuesday. Switzerland and Honduras managed only one goal between them in South Africa and it was clear why during a poor-quality 90 minutes in Bloemfontein. But it was a disappointing way for the Swiss to bow out of the competition following their amazing 1-0 victory against Spain just nine days ago. There were doubts about Switzerland's ability to attack teams and so it proved as they struggled to break a resolute Honduras defence down. Indeed Honduras created the better chances during the match as they tried to break their goalscoring duck at the tournament. Switzerland should have taken the lead in the 19th minute though when Eren Derdiyok got his head to Tranquillo Barnetta's pinpoint cross only to guide the ball narrowly wide. The only other chance of note before half-time came when Derdiyok's cross found Blaise N'Kufo at the back post but he elected to chest the ball down rather than lash in a shot and the chance was wasted. Honduras improved after the interval and should have scored in the 55th minute when Edgar Alvarez laid the ball on a plate for David Suazo who contrived to head wide of the target from no more than six yards out. With 19 minutes left, Diego Benaglio was forced to make one of the saves of the tournament when he denied Alvarez's lofted shot with a superb one-handed stop. Honduras also had a late goal disallowed as both teams showed why they will not be progressing to the knockout stages.
Live Text Commentary
Full time



Yakin's header is straight at Valladares as Switzerland pour forward in the closing seconds.


Both these teams are heading home and, on this form, that's fair enough. Chile and Spain are far superior teams.


Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

Yellow Card

A late yellow card for Wilson Palacios who had hacked down Shaqiri.


The keeper is able to continue and takes Yakin's cross with some aplomb.


Valladares needs treatment for what appears to be a back injury.


A final change for Honduras - Danilo Turcios for Suazo.


Honduras have the ball in the back of the net! It's ruled out for offside though.


Frei's cross is just too far ahead of Yakin who is unable to turn the ball towards goal.


The match has really opened up as both sides strive for a winner.


Switzerland suddenly have six men forward but Stefan Lichtsteiner lofts a shot over the bar to waste the opportunity.


Honduras make a substitution at the same time as Georgie Welcome comes on for Jerry Palacios.


Another change by the Swiss with Huggel making way for Xherdan Shaqiri.


Frei can't latch on to a promising throughball as the minutes continue to tick by.


Switzerland just don't look capable of scoring one goal, let alone two.


Valladares flaps a cross away but Switzerland can't profit as Frei lifts his shot way over the bar.


Benaglio denies Alvarez with a superb one-handed save. Honduras have created the better second-half chances.


The Swiss bring on Frei for the very quiet N'Kufo.


Yakin is hacked down by Thomas who somehow escapes a second yellow card.


Honduras make their first change with Walter Martinez coming on for Nunez.


Yakin's free-kick is weak. It deflects off the wall and out for a corner.

Yellow Card

Chavez becomes the third Honduran to be booked after bringing Derdiyok down on the edge of the penalty area.


These two teams have managed just one goal between them so far in South Africa and, to be honest, you can see why.


Derdiyok gets the power in a shot but not the direction as it's straight at Valladares.


Barnetta creates an opening for himself but then directs a weak shot straight at Valladares.


Switzerland have been poor since the interval. Honduras look the likely winners at this stage although a goalless draw would be the favourite.


Osman Chavez needs treatment after appearing to turn his ankle. He's eventually able to continue though after rejecting the use of a stretcher.

Yellow Card

Suazo's poor start to the second half continues as he picks up a yellow card.


The way Honduras are playing they're unlikely to create a better chance than that as they attempt to break their duck.


Alvarez lays the ball on a plate for David Suazo who contrives to head wide of the target from no more than six yards out. That had to go in.


Play eventually resumes as news filters through that Chile have pulled a goal back against Spain. The Swiss need to score twice now if they are to progress.


There's a collision between Grichting and Jerry Palacios which ends with both players needing lengthy treatment.


Honduras seem to be playing without a striker. They have the opportunity to cross but there's no-one in the penalty area to aim for.


Yakin's first taste of the action is to fire a shot from the edge of the area almost out for a throw-in.


Switzerland have made one change for the second 45 minutes with veteran Hakan Yakin replacing Fernandes, the goalscoring hero against Spain.

Second half

Honduras get the second half underway.

Half time



Derdiyok's cross finds Blaise N'Kufo at the back post but he elects to chest the ball down rather than lash in a shot and the chance is wasted.


Switzerland now have a complete grip on the game but, for all their possession, they are struggling to break down a resolute Honduras defence.


Spain's two goals have also all but ended Honduras' already slim hopes of progressing, even if they win here.


Another goal for Spain so a Switzerland goal here will put them into the last-16.


At the moment it will be Spain v Portugal in the last 16 and Brazil v Chile.


Victor Bernardez's free-kick is woeful. It was rising as soon as he hit out and sails way over the crossbar.


Honduras offer very little going forward though and Switzerland are little better. If there is to be a goal it will probably come from a set-piece.

Yellow Card

Gelson Fernandes pulls Wilson Palacios back and is rightly booked.


Honduras defend a Switzerland free-kick well, they look a solid outfit.


After making a bright start to the match, Honduras have gone back into their shells. They'll be desperate not to go out of the tournament without scoring a goal though.


Switzerland are exerting concerted pressure on the Honduras defence but that all-important goal remains elusive.


As it stands Switzerland are still going out but one goal here will make it very interesting.


Switzerland will be interested in the drama from the other game where David Villa has given Spain the lead against Chile.


Barnetta's long-range effort is spilled by Noel Valladares but no Swiss player can capitalise on the error.


It's been an open first quarter to the match although Switzerland have created the better chances.


Honduras also look lively when they get forward, so it's been an entertaining match so far.


Derdiyok gets his head to Barnetta's pinpoint cross but can only guide the ball narrowly wide. Great opening for Switzerland though, they should be ahead.


Alvarez leads a Honduras attack which eventually peters out when Ramon Nunez's shot is blocked.


The ball just runs away from David Suazo as he bears down on goal and Diego Benaglio is able to claim it just before the Honduran.


Switzerland are starting to get on top but Honduras will take some beating - they weren't disgraced in either of their earlier group matches.


An opening for Inler but he drives his shot wide of the goal from a good position.


Still goalless in the other group game so, as it stands, Chile will be going through to the last-16 as group winners with Spain following them as runners-up.


Switzerland have shown that can defend well and catch teams on the break but they would have been expected to put Honduras under some early pressure here. They haven't, so maybe they can only play one way.


Benjamin Huggel needs some recovery time after being hacked down by Wilson Palacios. Honduras look up for this one.


Edgar Alvarez is bundled off the ball as he tries to race down the wing. No free-kick though.

Yellow Card

An early booking for Hendry Thomas who went straight through Gokhan Inler.


Doubts remain about Switzerland's ability to attack teams and they've let Honduras have all the early possession in this one.


There is the possibility that three teams in this group will finish with six points, with one of them failing to progress to the last-16.


Switzerland get the match underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Honduras captain Reinaldo Rueda has made six changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Spain, with striker Jerry Palacios joining his brother Wilson in the starting eleven.

Awaiting Kickoff

Switzerland bring in Tranquillo Barnetta for the suspended Valon Behrami while Alex Frei is dropped. Eren Derdiyok replaces the captain.

Awaiting Kickoff

Honduras could still sneak into the knockout stages if they can comprehensively beat Switzerland tonight and Spain slip up against Chile.

Awaiting Kickoff

The Swiss shocked Spain in their first Group H game before losing to Chile on Monday while Honduras have failed to score a goal or picked up a point in their first two fixtures.

Awaiting Kickoff

The final two places in the last-16 are up for grabs as Switzerland prepare to face Honduras at Bloemfontein's Free State Stadium.