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Friday, 25th June 2010
Spain Go Top

Group H Match

Chile vs Spain
in Pretoria

Chile only needed a point against Spain to advance; or hope that Honduras earned at least a point off Switzerland. Spain would qualify if they won.

Within the first five minutes, we were given glimpses of Fernando Torres still trying to regain his sharpness.

In the tenth minute it was Chile's turn to put together some fast-flowing, attacking football. Playing in red, Chile continued to dominate the next ten minutes, earning three yellow cards along the way.

Then from a bad Chile pass, Xabi Alonso sent the ball up front for Fernando Torres to chase. Amazingly, Claudio Bravo came rushing out of his penalty area to clear; only as far as David Villa, who had an empty net to aim at. It was a long way out, but cooly taken.

Marco Estrada was very lucky not to be shown a second yellow card in the 28th minute, for an awful challenge. The Mexican referee just had words.

Jean Beausejour will be wondering how he didn't get the equaliser for Chile in the 33rd minute; as he ran clear on the left with just the goalkeeper to beat. Maybe the heat of Gerard Pique's breath on his neck put him off.

Then drama in the 37th minute. As Spain broke forward, Torres was (accidently) tripped off the ball by Marco Estrada; and Iniesta went on to side-foot the ball past defender Ponce and into the net.

Marco Estrada, lucky not to get a second yellow card earlier was now unlucky to get a yellow for the trip. While Spain are still without a booking in the 2010 World Cup, Chile were then lucky not to see Waldo Ponce give his second yellow of the match for stamping on Xabi Alonso's ankle.

Half-time: 0:2

Chile's double substitution paid off right at the start of the second-half, as Colo Colo's Rodrigo Millar put Chile back in the game; thanks to an awesome deflection off Gerard Pique's thigh.

Spain then took hold of the game and calmed things down; bringing on Cesc Fabregas for Fernando Torres and generally passing the ball around better.

With things as they stand, Spain would play Portugal and Chile would meet Brazil. With nothing happening in Bloemfontein between Switzerland and Honduras that's the way these two teams seemed pleased to see their next round fixtures.

Final Score:
Chile 1 Spain 2

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 David Villa (24 mins)
0:2 Andrés Iniesta (37 mins)
1:2 Rodrigo Millar (47 mins)

Man of The Match:
David Villa - Beautifully taken goal when given the chance on a plate.

Teams

Travel to Chile Chile:
1 Claudio Bravo; 18 Gonzalo Jara, 3 Waldo Ponce, 17 Gary Medel; 11 Mark Gonzalez, 8 Arturo Vidal, 13 Marco Estrada, 4 Mauricio Isla; 15 Jean Beausejour, 10 Jorge Valdivia, 7 Alexis Sanchez.

Travel to Spain Spain:
1 Iker Casillas; 11 Joan Capdevila, 3 Gerard Pique, 5 Carles Puyol, 15 Sergio Ramos; 16 Sergio Busquets, 14 Xabi Alonso, 8 Xavi; 9 Fernando Torres, 7 David Villa, 6 Andrés Iniesta.

Referee:
Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Chile) - 20 Rodrigo Millar on for 11 Mark Gonzale
46 Mins (Chile) - 22 Esteban Paredes  on for 10 Jorge Valdivia
55 Mins (Spain) - 10 Cesc Fabregas on for 9 Fernando Torres
65 Mins (Chile) - 16 Fabian Orellana on for 7 Alexis Sanchez
73 Mins (Spain) - 20 Javi Martinez on for 14 Xabi Alonso

Yellow Cards 4 Yellow Cards:
15 Mins - Gary Medel (Chile) - misses next game if Chile qualify.
19 Mins - Waldo Ponce (Chile) - misses next game if Chile qualify.
21 Mins - Marco Estrada (Chile)
38 Mins - Marco Estrada (Chile)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
38 Mins - Marco Estrada (Chile)

Switzerland vs Honduras.

Previous Encounters:
Spain beat Chile (2:0) in Rio de Janeiro at Brazil 1950.

In the six friendly matches between Spain and Chile, Spain have won five and drawn once (1:1); in Santiago de Chile, 1981.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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