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Swiss claim World Cup upset with 1-0 win over Spain

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 16: Xavi Hernandez

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 16: Xavi Hernandez of Spain looks dejected at the final whistle as Spain lose the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group H match between Spain and Switzerland at Durban Stadium on June 16, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Credit: Getty/Doug Pensinger

Time of possession: Spain 74%, Switzerland 26%. Shots: Spain 25, Switzerland 9.

Result: Spain 0, Switzerland 1.

The Spanish were true to their style. They dominated the match, had plenty of scoring opportunities, but it seems they were haunted by the ghosts of World Cups past.

In the 52nd minute, Eren Derdiyok pushed deep into the Spanish penalty box and was tackled by goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Gerard Pique. But the ball awkwardly bounced between the three of them before it came in front of an empty goal where it was tapped in by Gelson Fernandes.

Spanish coach Vincente del Bosque went with a 4-3-3 lineup with David Villa as the featured striker. Spain played without urgency throughout the game, even after the Swiss scored. Del Bosque refused to shake things up at halftime even though Spain played lazily. It wasn’t until Sevilla winger Jesus Navas was introduced in the 62nd minute that Spain pushed deeper against the Swiss goalie.

Still, an equalizing goal never came as both David Villa and Fernando Torres, who entered in the 61st minute, looked lost. They squandered open shots on goal and miscommunicated on several plays.

With Chile winning against Honduras in the first game, the pressure is squarely on the Spanish who now are looking up at two teams with three points. Spain must win big against Honduras to setup a decisive game against Chile in their last match.

Click here for the Associated Press game report.

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