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Switzerland Defeats Spain 1-0 in World Cup

The June 17, 2010, By Christopher F. Wood

In an especially sleepy World Cup, Switzerland provided the electric jolt that was so desperately needed. Gelson Fernandes scored on a rare Swiss attack, giving his team a great 1-0 advantage against Spain. The loss ended Spain’s run of 12 straight wins, and was only their second loss in over 50 wins. The other was to the U.S. at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year. ; Switzerland Defeats Spain 1-0 in World Cup

The win also provided a thrill at a World Cup that had few surprises and only 25 goals in the first 16 games.

"I'm not used to scoring goals, so I was a bit surprised," said Fernandes, who got just his second in international play. "It was a bit of luck."

Not only luck, but tenacity and taking advantage of opportunities. Eren Derdiyok created Switzerland's big chance in the 52nd minute by surging through the center of Spain's defense. Gerard Pique's desperate tackle stopped Derdiyok, but Fernandes pounced on the loose ball and forced it into the net.

And tenacity. Eren Derdiyok created Switzerland's big chance in the 52nd minute by surging through the center of Spain's defense. Gerard Pique's desperate tackle stopped Derdiyok, but Fernandes pounced on the loose ball and forced it into the net. Although Spain badly outshot the Swiss and held the ball 63% of the time, it could find no way through Switzerland's determined defense.

"Today wasn't our day," Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. "We have two games ahead of us. We have to find a way to win them."



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