Port Elizabeth: Chile brought Switzerland’s good run in the FIFA World Cup 2010 to an end as they beat the latter 1-0 in an intensely fought battle that saw a slew of yellow cards and a red one too.
Chile, who had beaten Honduras 1-0 last week, will be assured qualification if Monday`s late game between Spain and Honduras ends in a draw.
Mark González Hoffman made the crucial breakthrough for Chile in the 75th minute. It was a fantastic ball from Valdivia for substitute Paredes who skipped around the keeper and almost ran the ball out of play. He turned back and crossed the ball to Gonzalez to head in at the far post.
However, it was heartbreak in the form of a red card for Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami. He picked up the ball on the touchline and through an elbow towards Beausejour, who didn`t go down, but as he carried on he threw another one at Vidal, who did go down.
Switzerland were down to ten men as Hitzfield asked a local for some help reversing the bus in. It was something that one feared after a slew of yellow cards by the referees in the first half hour of the match.
The Swiss were having to defend with a capital D against a country that had only come in one point behind Brazil in qualifying.
Humberto Suazo Pontivo got the first yellow card for the evening as the Chilean’s tackle was slightly late but hardly warranted a caution.
Chile pressed into the opponents half in the early stages. Coach Hitzfield had packed the midfield in an attempt to neutralise Chile`s attacks from deep.
Chile: Bravo, Ponce, Isla, Vidal, Medel, Jara, Carmona, Mati Fernandez, Sanchez, Beausejour, Suazo
Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Ziegler, Huggel, Nkufo, Grichting, Behrami, Gelson Fernandes, Inler, Frei