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WC2010 review: Switzerland

A shock first-up win over tournament favourites Spain have hope to the Swiss that they could progress far in the 2010 tournament.

They notched up a record for most minutes in World Cup finals history without conceding a goal during the Chile loss and were then toothless in a must-win match against Honduras which ended their time in the competition.

After such a positive start, it was disappointing that the Switzerland side fell away so quickly and only manage to score one goal which was touched on by defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.

"We never stopped running, but it didn't produce anything. You can't expect to go any further if you only score once in three games," Lichtsteiner told FIFA.com. "We produced a lot of crosses and tried a few set plays. Usually we score regularly from corners and free-kicks."

Finished: 18th Record: Wins - 1; Draws - 1; Losses - 1; Points - 4 Matches: Spain (1-0), Chile (0-1), Honduras (0-0) Goals: 1 Against: 1

tribalfootball.com's Star Man Stephane Grichting (The veteran defender was a powerhouse in the back-half, leading the way for the Swiss)

Official statistics

Minutes playedReto Ziegler 270 Gokhan Inler 270 Diego Benaglio 270 Stephan Lichtsteiner 270 Stephane Grichting 270

Top scorersGelson Fernandes 1

Total shotsEren Derdiyok 5 Hakan Yakin 5 Tranquillo Barnetta 4

Pass Completion RateBenjamin Huggel 81% Reto Ziegler 78% Gokhan Inler 75% Stephane Grichting 74%

Most Fouls Gokhan Inler 12 Stephane Grichting 7 Stephan Lichtsteiner 6 Benjamin Huggel 5 Blaise Nkufo 5

Yellow cardsDiego Benaglio 1 Reto Ziegler 1 Hakan Yakin 1 Gelson Fernandes 1 Tranquillo Barnetta 1 Blaise Nkufo 1 Stephane Grichting 1 Gokhan Inler 1

Red cardsValon Behrami 1

SavesDiego Benaglio 15

Andrew Slevison
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