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  • Gonzalez (75)
  • Date:2010-06-21
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Port Elizabeth Stadium
  • Attendance:40000
  • Referee:Al Ghamdi, K

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: CHILE 1-0 SWITZERLAND.

90mins

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

90mins

Chile almost paid the price for missing chances.

90mins

Three minutes of added time to be played.

90mins

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

89mins

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

88mins

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

87mins

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

85mins

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

84mins

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

83mins

Corner to Switzerland, they are having a right go.

81mins

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

80mins

Ten minutes left and Switzerland need to find a response.

78mins

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

78mins

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

77mins

Switzerland throw on Albert Bunjaku for Gelson Fernandes.

76mins

Well, that goal had definitely been coming.

75mins

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.

74mins

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

72mins

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

70mins

Twenty minutes to go and Chile are still being frustrated.

68mins

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

68mins

Switzerland bring on Eren Derdiyok for N'Kufo.

66mins

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

65mins

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

65mins

Fernandez makes way for Esteban Paredes.

63mins

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

62mins

All these delays suit the Swiss rather than Chile.

61mins

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

60mins

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

60mins

Gokhan Inler hauls down Sanchez and is cautioned.

59mins

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

57mins

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

55mins

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

54mins

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

52mins

Switzerland are fighting for their lives here.

51mins

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

50mins

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

49mins

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

48mins

Barnetta goes into the book for a foul on Beausejour.

48mins

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

46mins

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

46mins

The second half gets underway.

45mins

Half-Time: CHILE 0-0 SWITZERLAND.

45mins

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

45mins

Two minutes of added time to be played.

43mins

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

42mins

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

42mins

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

40mins

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

39mins

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

38mins

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

36mins

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

35mins

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

33mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

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

29mins

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

28mins

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

28mins

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

26mins

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

25mins

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

24mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

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

20mins

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

18mins

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

17mins

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

15mins

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

14mins

Sanchez earns a free-kick as Ziegler dives in.

12mins

The South Americans have definitely made the better start.

11mins

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.

10mins

Stephane Grichting fouls and a free-kick is awarded.

9mins

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

8mins

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

7mins

Medel is penalised for handling. Controversial decision that one.

7mins

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

6mins

Chile are showing their attacking intent in these early moments.

5mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

Switzerland get the game underway.

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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


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.

Chile

Switzerland

Corners

53

Fouls

2025

Goal attempts

Shots off target

85

Offsides

90

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