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Spain 0-1 Switzerland
2010 FIFA World Cup
16 June 2010
The favorites heading into the 2010 World Cup, Spain, were shocked by the Swiss in their first group stage match of the tournament.
Despite dominating possession and most stats, Spain failed to break down the Swiss defense. The match was a bit similar to last summer when the Spanish had the same problem against the USA in a loss.
The goal for the Swiss came in the 52nd minute as Gelson Fernandez scored to give his side a 1-0 lead. It was scored on a breakaway along with poor defense from Spain. The goalkeeper came out to make a play but it deflected to Hernandez who was there and reacted quicker than anyone else. The closest Spain would come would be int he 70th minute as Xabi Alonso hit the crossbar with a shot.
The loss puts a lot pressure on Spain who know has doubts about getting out of its group let alone winning the World Cup. Switzerland is now tied at the top of Group H standings with Chile as both teams had 1-0 wins today.
Spain 0-1 Switzerland Goal Videos
Spain 0-1 Switzerland – (Hernandez) 52′
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