Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Spain tops group; Chile makes South America five for five
by Mike Woitalla, June 25th, 2010 8:52PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  spain, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[GROUP H] A 2-1 win over Chile gave the slow-starting Spaniards first place while Swiss futility against Honduras ensured the Chileans of passage into the second round. Here's what we liked and didn't like about Friday's Group H games. ...

What we liked …

-- Spain’s win over Chile sets up an Iberian round-of-16 clash with Portugal on Tuesday. David Villa scored his third goal of the tournament with a 45-yard strike after Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo left his penalty area to thwart an attack on the wing, only to send his clearance to Villa. Andres Iniesta, whose fitness for this tournament had been in doubt, scored Spain’s second by precisely side-footing a shot into the right lower corner of goal from 17 yards.

-- Chile’s loss to Spain – whle playing with 10 men for 53 minutes -- was the first by a South American team in this tournament, but the Chileans advanced thanks to opening with a pair of wins. All five South American teams are in the second round, and Chile meets one of them, Brazil, on Monday.

-- Honduras joins Algeria as the only teams to leave South Africa without scoring. But it wasn’t for a lack of trying. While eliminating Switzerland, the Catrachos attacked in waves during the second half, constantly sending three to four players into the Swiss penalty area during the end-to-end action that made it a fairly entertaining scoreless tie.

What we didn’t like …

-- Swiss glory was fleeting at this World Cup. Upsetting favorite Spain in the opener, 1-0, seems like ancient history already, because Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's team failed to score another goal, falling, 1-0, to Chile before its scoreless tie with Honduras on Friday. A 2-0 win over the Honduras would have seen the Swiss through.

-- Seattle Sounders-bound Blaise Nkufomissed two chances on headers to score for the Swiss.

-- Chile’s Marco Estrada was ejected in the 37th minute when he received his second yellow card, for tripping up Fernando Torres during the sequence on which Spain scored anyhow. Estrada’s suspension for the Brazil game isn’t devastating as he was filling in for suspended Carlos Carmona, who will be back.



0 comments
  1. Valerie Metzler
    commented on: June 26, 2010 at 8:20 a.m.
    More teams still in from the Americas than from Europe! I like it!

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USA-Costa Rica: Olympic tuneups end with easy win    
The USA closed out its preparations for the Olympic women's soccer tournament on Friday when it ...
Video Pick: Golazo by Dortmund's Dembele vs. Manchester United    
Why did Borussia Dortmund spend a reported $15 million to get 19-year-old Ousmane Dembele from French ...
Arsenal names roster for U.S. trip    
Arsenal's preliminary list of players who will travel to the United States includes American midfielder Gedion ...
What They're Saying: Axel Sjoberg    
"I don't think I have to sell myself to Dominic Kinnear. He picked the team and ...
USA-Costa Rica: Scorcher expected for final Rio tuneup    
The USA plays its last game before it heads off to the Rio Olympics when it ...
MLS Countdown: Marsch comments roil waters for derby    
Three times a year comes the question: will New York be red or blue? The Hudson ...
Crowd Count: FC Cincinnati sets another USL record    
FC Cincinnati set a USL single-season attendance record when it drew 16,127 fans Wednesday at Nippert ...
MLS Countdown: Quakes duo has red cards rescinded    
The San Jose Earthquakes will have their Panamaniacs available for a game at Real Salt Lake ...
MLS Moves: Orlando bolsters backline with Aja signing    
The first player signed by Orlando City after the hiring of head coach Jason Kreis has ...
U.S. Abroad: Ankle injury sidelines Hyndman    
Emerson Hyndman, who joined Premier League club Bournemouth from Fulham as a free agent in the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives