World Cup Watch: The First Big Upset

World Cup Watch: The First Big Upset

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Despite only managing 9 shots in the match, only two of which were on goal, Switzerland shocked heavily favored Spain with a 1-0 victory Wednesday in what is the biggest surprise in the early matches of this year’s World Cup.

Statistically, Spain dominated, controlling the ball for nearly 75% of the match. They managed 25 shots, 5 on goal, and were on the offensive most of the day. However Switzerland’s defense was solid. Despite 19 fouls and 4 yellow cards for Switzerland, and Spain attempting 12 corner kicks. The Spaniards were held scoreless by goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

It was also Benaglio that began the offensive that led to Eren Derdiyok slipping through defenders towards the goal where he was tackled Gerard Pique.  That’s Gelson Fernandes was in the right place at the right time, and was able to put in the loose ball for the only point of the match.

To put this upset in perspective, this loss is only the second in the last 50 games for Spain.


Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland and David Villa of Spain World CupStephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland in the PUMA V1.10 and David Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZero (leather).

Sergio Ramos of SpainSergio Ramos of Spain in the Nike T90 Laser.

Gelson Fernandes of Switzerland celebrates with team mate Gokhan InlerGelson Fernandes wearing the adidas Predator X FG, celebrates with Gokhan Inler in the Nike T90 Laser.

Gelson Fernandes of Switzerland Gelson Fernandes of Switzerland celebrates in the adidas Predator X FG.

Gerard Pique of SpainGerard Pique of Spain in the Nike Tiempo.

Blaise Nkufo of Switzerland is challenged by Xabi Alonso (R) and Gerard Pique (L) of SpainBlaise Nkufo in the adidas adiPure III is challenged by Xabi Alonso in the adidas adiPure III (R) and Gerard Pique in the Nike Tiempo (L).

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