Chile 1 Honduras 0: It probably should have been a lot worse. Jean Beausejour was on the receiving end of a Mauricio Isla cross in the 34th minute, and his finish deflected off of a Honduran defender and right into the back of the net. Chile dominated throughout and held the CONCACAF region winless (2 draws, 1 loss) in the first round of group stage. The Chileans meanwhile are top of Group H because….
Switzerland 1 Spain 0: The favored Spaniards were upset by Switzerland. Gelson Fernandes scored an unlikely winner in the 52nd minute when he bundled the ball across the line in a mad scramble of a goal. Eren Derdiyok nearly made it 2-0 when he hit the post 20 minutes later. Spain had 63% ball possession but created few shots on net. Just because you have the flair doesn’t mean you can pass it too much like they did. Their best chance came when Xabi Alonso fired an absolute cannon of a shot off the crossbar. This was one of the best games of the tournament and the European champions have gotten off to a bad start and find themselves playing catch-up.
Uruguay 3 South Africa 0: Diego Forlan silenced the vuvuzuelas on two occasions. The first of his two goals came on a 30 yard shot deflected off of Aaron Makoena and just off the bar for the opening goal. He put the game out of reach with his second on a contentious penalty kick in the 80th minute, in which South African GK Itumeleng Khune was sent off for a tackle on Luis Suarez to try and prevent a goal-scoring opportunity. Replays showed minimal contact and that Suarez may have embellished. Alvaro Pereira scored the 3rd goal in stoppage time. South Africa were hardly in this game and were very poor. Now they’ll need a miracle to get out of group stage while the Uruguayans are in 1st place in Group A.
Tomorrow we could have our first potential elimination match as Greece take on Nigeria. If Argentina and South Korea draw then a loss for either Greece or Nigeria spells the end of their WC run. The drama is starting to heat up.