World Cup Day 6 action round-up – Spain handed shock defeat while Bafana Bafana hopes fade

Day six of the World Cup arguably produced three of the most entertaining games of the tournament so far. Chile must be admired for their all out attack approach to defeat Honduras, while Diego Forlan inspired Uruguay to a 3-0 victory of hosts South Africa who now look likely to exit at the group stages. Day six also produced the shock of the tournament so far when a resilient Switzerland side produced a classic smash and grab against European champions Spain.

HONDURAS 0

CHILE 1
Beausejour 34

Chile signalled their intent for the rest of the tournament with a rampant performance against Honduras running out 1-0 winners, a score line that flattered their opponents somewhat.

Lining up with a unique formation of 3-3-1-3, Chile were clearly confident they could dispose of their opponents and took the game to Honduras from the first minute to the last.

They took a deserved lead after 34 minutes when Alexis Sanchez, who had threatened throughout was again involved crossing for Jean Beausejour who converted with the help of a deflection.

After the break, Chile continued to increase their stranglehold on the game and could have put it beyond their opponents with numerous chances, the best coming when Waldo Ponce headed straight at goalkeeper Noel Valladares with the goal gaping.

In truth though, although the score line suggests a close contest, Honduras rarely threatened in their bid to level the scores as Chile went on to register a comfortable success.

SPAIN 0

SWITZERLAND 1
Fernandes

Switzerland produced by far the biggest shock of the tournament so far by defeating European champions Spain 1-0 in Johannesburg.

Spain, who were widely fancied to end the country’s long wait for a first ever World Cup title became increasingly frustrated as the first half progressed with Switzerland’s midfield given strict instructions to play as narrow as possible in order to snuff out the influence of a widely talented Spanish quartet.

David Villa burst into life just before the break as he got in behind the Swiss defence only to see his audacious chip drop wide of the target.

It was Switzerland who would rather surprisingly open the scoring though on 52 minutes when Eren Derdiyok took advantage of some sloppy Spanish defending to break into the box. Iker Casillas seemed to smoother the attempt but the ball richoted of defender Gerard Pique and into the path of Swiss midfielder Gelson Fernandes who slotted home to put his side ahead.

Spain came closest to levelling from long range when Xabi Alonso unleashed a fierce drive from 25 yards which cannoned of the cross bar with Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio routed.

They continued to probe in the closing minutes but seemed to lack a creative spark to break down an organised Switzerland side, who held on to record an historic victory.

SOUTH AFRICA 0

URUGUAY 3
Forlan 24, 80 (pen) , Pereira 95

Host nation South Africa saw their World Cup hopes all but disappear on Wednesday night as they were comprehensively defeated by South American side Uruguay in Pretoria.

With all four sides in Group A picking up a point from their opening game, a victory for either side was likely to see them through to the knockout stages.

Uruguay took the lead after 4 minutes in spectacular fashion when Diego Forlan was allowed to turn by the South African back four and fired a dipping strike from all of 30 yards that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

South Africa saw their hopes dramatically disappear in the 75th minute when goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was judged to have brought down Luis Suarez inside the penalty area and was given his marching orders by referee Massimo Busacca.

After a five minute wait for replacement goalkeeper to take up his position, Forlan calmly hammered home the spot kick to put the game beyond Bafana Bafana.

Uruguay wrapped up the victory with a third goal in the final minute of added time when Suarez and Forlan again combined to present Alvaro Pereira with the easiest of tap ins.

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