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Spain
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Switzerland
 0-1G. Fernandes  52'
HT: 0-0
Moses Mabhida Stadium (Attendance: 62,453)
Referee: Howard Webb
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Spain vs. Switzerland
Minute Commentary
97' WORLD CUP SHOCK!
Gelson Fernandes' second half goal sent tournament favourites Spain crashing to a defeat in their opening group game, throwing Group H wide open and setting up a possible heavyweight Spain v Brazil clash in the last-16. The Spanish played some neat football, but struggled to break down their extremely organised opposition, and were stung on the break for the goal. Both teams hit the woodwork, but Spain just couldn't grab an equaliser and now face a tricky task against the impressive Chile side if they are to avoid a shocking early departure. Credit should go to Switzerland for their superb defensive effort and a clever counter-attacking game which yielded stunning results.
96' FULL-TIME
Switzerland have beaten Spain 1-0!!! What a shock!!!
95' STILL UNDER PRESSURE
Xavi's cross is defended well and Villa hammers his pull-back too hard for any Spanish player to get a touch to.
94' HARSH DECISION
Yakin is punished for a handball, giving Spain another chance to get the ball in.
93' BRAVE BY BENAGLIO
Xavi's free-kick is into the perfect area, but the keeper comes steaming off his line to punch the ball away.
92' DANGEROUS BALL IN
Pedro whips in a terrific cross, but it is dealt with expertly in the air and Spanish nails will continue to be chewed.
91' SUB FOR SWITZERLAND
Eggimann comes on for Benaglio, who has worked his socks off for the Swiss cause.
91' YELLOW CARD
Benaglio is booked for time-wasting.
90' FIVE MINUTES OF ADDED TIME
The fourth official reveals that there will be five minutes of stoppage time. Quite where he's got that much from is anybody's guess!
89' POOR CONTROL
Villa's silky skill sends Torres racing clear, but his touch is heavy and it runs through to the grateful Benaglio.
87' WATCH OUT IN ROW Z!
Torres meets a cross on the volley, which is always a tough skill, but he gets it all wrong and sends the ball ballooning into the crowd.
86' HEART IN MOUTH MOMENT
Villa's knockdown is aimed at Torres, but Benaglio is alert to the danger and claims the ball. It was Navas' cross that caused the problems again, and Switzerland really need to get some more cover out on that flank.
85' TORRES STRETCHES HIS LEGS
Spain clear from the corner and attack at pace in an attempt to catch their opponents short at the back for once. However, Von Bergen is alive to the danger and clears the ball out for a throw.
84' COULD HAVE GONE ANYWHERE
Spain are susceptible on the break now and Barnetta is the man to test them in the final third again, seeing his shot deflect off Alonso and whistle past the post with Casillas rooted.
83' CRACKING EFFORT
Switzerland break and Barnetta has a go on his own, lobbing Casillas but just not managing to get the ball to dip under the bar.
81' TIME IS RUNNING OUT
It is wave upon wave of Spanish pressure now, and the next ten minutes will seem like a lifetime for the Swiss defence.
79' INCHES WIDE
Navas has looked a real threat since coming on, and his direct style has been a welcome alternative for a Spanish side that looked devoid of a 'plan b' at times. The winger beats a couple of men before unleashing a shot, but Benaglio is happy to see it whistle wide of the post.
78' FINAL CHANGE
Iniesta is down hurt and it looks worryingly like his old injury has raised its head. Pedro comes on to replace his Barca colleague.
77' SPAIN ON THE RACK
The Spanish are looking rattled and susceptible on the counter-attack. Their lack of pace in the back-line is being exposed by Switzerland, but you still wouldn't bet against the favourites grabbing at least one goal before the final whistle.
75' SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO!!!
Derdiyok hits the post for the Swiss! The support striker bursts through, turns Pique and Puyol inside-out and beats Casillas with a flicked shot, only to strike the woodwork! A string of unsuccessful shots rain in from a host of players, but that was a terrific initial effort and was so, so close to 2-0.
74' BUNDLED ATTEMPT
Pique is caught offside, but only managed to bundle the ball into the keeper's arms.
73' LIVELY START FOR THE SUB
Navas has caused Switzerland some problems since coming on, and uses his pace again to get to a ball that he had no right to reach. The winger gets a snap shot away, but can't hit the target.
70' ALONSO HITS THE WOODWORK!
Xavi's corner falls to Alonso on the edge of the box. The midfielder lines up a staggering first-time shot which cannons back off the bar with the keeper stranded. What a stunning effort from the Madrid midfielder - deserved a goal!
68' OVER THE BAR!
Torres is forced to turn on the edge of the box, but still should hit the target with his shot. However, he gets underneath the ball and curls it high and wide. That's not like the Torres we know and love...
67' IMPRESSIVE DEFENDING
Fernandes tries to wrestle his way past Pique, but the centre-back does well to get a second touch on the ball to prevent a corner.
64' WIDE OF THE POST
Iniesta thinks he's scored as he curls a shot past Benaglio, but it curls agonisingly wide of the post, skimming some paint off the woodwork as it goes.
62' DOUBLE SWAP FOR SPAIN
Torres and the lightning quick Navas come on to replace Busquets and Silva as Spain look to get something from this game.
61' GREAT GOALKEEPING
Benaglio comes smartly off his line to deny the on-rushing Villa. That was terrific goalkeeping as the sprightly striker looked to be in for a shot.
60' TIME FOR TORRES
The recently recovered forward is stripping off ready to come on as a sub.
58' COMFORTABLE SAVE
Villa swings in a shot, but it is comfortable for Benaglio and the keeper adds in a couple of rolls for the television cameras.
56' ALMOST A SECOND
Pique slips and almost diverts the ball past his own keeper, but Casillas is alert to the danger and rescues his centre-back. Spain suddenly don't look quite such a well-oiled machine.
52' MORE ON THAT GOAL!
Now that's a turn-up! Switzerland's tactic of sitting back and playing on the break pays off just minutes after the break. Nkufo's clever through-ball finds Derdiyok in the box. The support striker is brought down by Casillas, which could have been a penalty, the loose ball is handled by Pique, which could have been another, and Fernandes is hacked down by the keeper for a second time as he goes for the ball, which could have been a penalty and a red. But Switzerland don't need the decision as the ball loops into the net. Stunning scenes in Durban!!!
51' GOOAAALLL!!!
Switzerland go one up through Fernandes!
48' FIFA'S GROUP OF DEATH
According to FIFA's rankings this is the toughest group in the tournament. Most will probably disagree with that, but both Switzerland and Honduras have proved they are tough to beat.
46' SECOND HALF
Spain restart the second half and will be looking to grab a goal and a win, particularly after Chile gave them a warning shot with such a good performance earlier on. Remember that the second placed team in this group will face the runners up in the dangerous Group G of Brazil, Ivory Coast, Portugal and North Korea in the next round.
45' 0-0 AT THE BREAK
The whistle goes to bring an end to a half that has produced little in way of really entertaining football. After the quality of the early match, this has come as quite a disappointment. Spain are well on top, but are lacking the cutting edge they need to break through.
44' CHANCE FOR VILLA!
Villa bursts behind the defence on the left and jinks himself into space. The Swiss pile back in numbers to deny the striker a clean sight of goal, so he opts for a chipped effort that drifts wide of the far post with the keeper stranded. Maybe he should have just drilled it.
42' TEPID FAYRE
For a game that promised so much, this has been a decidedly mediocre match. Switzerland have sat back and asked Spain to attack them, and although they have played some pretty stuff in the middle, only Pique has really had a chance in the final third.
38' SET-PIECE THREAT
The underdogs win themselves a corner and pile bodies forward. It is clear that they have singled out set-pieces as their one main chance of testing the Spanish, but on this occasion it comes to nothing.
36' NEVER SWITCH OFF!
Switzerland break through Nkufo and Derdiyok, but almost get caught out at the back as Spain launch the quickest of counter-attacks, resulting in Silva's shot being deflected behind.
34' GOOD DEFENDING
Villa is picked out in the box and he gets a good connection to a header back across the box, but there are too many Swiss defenders back and they snuff out the danger.
31' THE WALL STANDS FIRM
Villa goes for a blaster from the free-kick, but fires his shot straight into the wall.
30' IMPORTANT DECISION
Iniesta goes down on the edge of the box, leaving Webb with a tricky decision to make. The ref decides - probably incorrectly - that it was a foul, but correctly adjudges that it was outside of the area and shows just a yellow to Grichting.
28' NOT FOLLOWING THE SCRIPT
Many had hoped that Spain would be the team to spark this tournament into life, but for all their pretty passing football, they have rarely threatened the Switzerland goal.
26' RARE CHANCE TO TEST IKER
Switzerland are awarded a free-kick within shooting range by Webb, but Ziegler's effort doesn't force the keeper to make anything more than routine save.
24' TOP, TOP SAVE
Iniesta's disguised pass finds Pique who has pushed forward into the box. The centre-half dummies inside his man and unleashes a shot, but is denied by Benaglio.
22' VILLA SLOW TO REACT
Ramos puts Silva clear down the right, but he hits his cross earlier than the waiting Villa is expecting and Senderos steps in to intercept at the vital moment.
19' MEXICAN WAVE
Spain's complete control of possession and Switzerland's organised defence has not made for a great spectacle, so it's not a surprise to see the fans start to make their own entertainment.
16' SELFISH SHOT
Ramos bursts into the box, but opts to shoot rather than cross and can only find the side netting.
14' NO ROOM FOR MISTAKES
Derdiyok's poor control gives Spain the chance to break through Iniesta. They eventually work the ball to Silva in the box, and the ref could easily have given a penalty for a challenge on the creative midfielder by Senderos, but Webb waves the claims away. It would have been harsh, but have seen those given.
12' THE FLAG IS UP
Alonso switches the play to give Ramos the chance to get a decent ball into the box. The full-back picks out Villa, who flicks on for Xavi, but the latter is offside and is denied the chance to shoot by the linesman's flag.
9' THREAT ON THE COUNTER
Switzerland throw bodies forward for a corner, but Spain break at pace and almost carve out an opportunity through the sprightly Villa, only for the new Barcelona signing to have the ball snatched at his feet by Benaglio.
8' BACKS TO THE WALL
Switzerland are sticking back in two banks of four in an attempt to stifle the passing game of their opponents. It's working so far, but they will do well to keep this up for 90 minutes.
5' A LITTLE CARRIED AWAY
Inler has clearly been asked to put pressure on Xavi in the centre of the park, but goes a bit over the top and clatters into the Barca man, giving away a foul.
3' SOLID IN THE AIR
Xavi clips the ball into the box, but Senderos will win those all day against this diminutive Spanish attack and clears the danger with ease.
2' CLASSIC SPAIN
The Spanish have slipped straight into their usual possession style, ticky-tackying the ball around in neat passing triangles and making the Swiss do all the work. It must be so demoralising playing this lot!
1' KICK-OFF
Switzerland kick-off in one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the first round of group matches... and the last.
0' THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The referee for today's game is Premier League official Howard Webb. For so long the leading candidate from English football, Webb had a disappointing 2009/10 season and will want to restore his reputation with a solid display at these championships.
0' TIME FOR THE ANTHEMS
The teams emerge into bright sunlight in Durban and line up for the anthems. It's a capacity crowd, but the vuzuvela orchestra drowns out any patriotic singing.
0' THE VENUE
The phenomenal Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is the venue for this game. With a 63,000 capacity and one of the most striking appearances of any ground in the tournament, this is a fitting stage for the world's best squad to kick-start their campaign.
0' THE LINE-UPS ARE IN
Spain name a typically impressive line-up, even without Fabregas and Torres. Villa starts up top, with Iniesta and Silva on the flanks and Alonso and Busquets alongside Xavi in the centre of the park. The back-five is as expected. Frei is on the bench for Switzerland, but isn't fit enough to start so N'Kufo leads the line on his own.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Torres, Fabregas and Iniesta have all returned to training, but only the latter is likely to be risked in Spain's starting line-up. Switzerland will have to do without their captain and star striker Frei due to an ankle injury. West Ham midfielder Behrami has also been ruled out.
0' PREVIEW
Tournament favourites Spain start their World Cup campaign against underrated fellow Europeans Switzerland. While the former have a squad packed full of talent, the Swiss make do with limited resources and are likely to defend in numbers to keep their opponents at bay. The eyes of the world will be on the Spanish to see if they can live up to their billing, but this may not be the day for them to really shine, as time and space in the final third is likely to be at a premium against such a defensively-minded side.
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Teams
Spain
(4-5-1)
Iker Casillas1
Sergio Ramos15
Carles Puyol5
Gerard Piqué3
Joan Capdevila11
62' David Silva21
Xabi Alonso14
62' Sergio Busquets16
Xavi Hernández8
77' Andrés Iniesta6
David Villa7
Substitutes
José Reina23
Víctor Valdés12
Carlos Marchena4
Raúl Albiol2
Alvaro Arbeloa17
62' Jesús Navas22
Francesc Fàbregas10
Javier Martínez20
77'  Pedro18
62' Fernando Torres9
Fernando Llorente19
Juan Manuel Mata13
Switzerland
(4-4-2)
1Diego Benaglio90' 
2Stephan Lichtsteiner
4Philippe Senderos 36'
17Reto Ziegler 73'
13Stephane Grichting 30'
8Gokhan Inler
6Benjamin Huggel
7Tranquillo Barnetta 90'
16Gelson Fernandes 52' 
10Blaise Nkufo
19Eren Derdiyok 79'
Substitutes
12Marco Wolfli
21Johnny Leoni
22Mario Eggimann 90'
5Steve von Bergen 36'
3Ludovic Magnin
15Hakan Yakin 90' 79'
20Pirmin Schwegler
11Valon Behrami
14Marco Padalino
23Xherdan Shaqiri
9Alexander Frei
18Albert Bunjaku
Team Stats
Spain Switzerland
0 Goals 1
0 Assists 0
24 Shots 8
8 Shots on Goal 3
2 Saves 6
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
56 Crosses 11
12 Corner Kicks 3
2 Offsides 1
8 Fouls Committed 21
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
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Spain
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1I. Casillas - 0 0 1 2
3G. Piqué 0 0 0 - -
5C. Puyol 0 0 0 - -
6A. Iniesta 0 0 0 - -
7D. Villa 0 0 0 - -
8X. Hernández 0 0 0 - -
11J. Capdevila 0 0 0 - -
14X. Alonso 0 0 0 - -
15S. Ramos 0 0 0 - -
16S. Busquets 0 0 0 - -
21D. Silva 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
9F. Torres 0 0 0 - -
18 Pedro 0 0 0 - -
22J. Navas 0 0 0 - -

Switzerland
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1D. Benaglio - 1 0 0 6
2S. Lichtsteiner 0 0 0 - -
4P. Senderos 0 0 0 - -
6B. Huggel 0 0 0 - -
7T. Barnetta 0 0 0 - -
8G. Inler 0 0 0 - -
10B. Nkufo 0 0 0 - -
13S. Grichting 0 1 0 - -
16G. Fernandes 1 0 0 - -
17R. Ziegler 0 1 0 - -
19E. Derdiyok 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
5S. von Bergen 0 0 0 - -
15H. Yakin 0 1 0 - -
22M. Eggimann 0 0 0 - -
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Players
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AstAssists
SHTSShots
SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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