Monday, June 21, 2010

Substitute Mark Gonzalez scored on a impressive header : Chile 1-0 Switzerland

**The match started in a sea of red — Chilean and Swiss fans in their predominant colors, and many empty seats, which are mostly red at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Costumes included a woman dressed in a full-length cow outfit and dozens of Chilean flags.

Alexis Sanchez appeared to give Chile the lead in the 49th minute, but was clearly offside. He nearly scored in the 55th minute on a break but was thwarted from the right side by Benaglio.

Substitute Mark Gonzalez scored on a header in the 75th minute as Chile beat 10-man Switzerland 1-0 to move closer to a spot in the final 16 at the World Cup.

Gonzalez headed home a pass from fellow sub Esteban Paredes, who had gotten around the staunch Swiss defense and crossed to Gonzalez at the back post. Gonzalez's downward header beat goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

Before Chile scored, Switzerland set a World Cup record in the 69th minute by going 551 minutes without allowing a goal, breaking the mark of 550 held by Italy at the 1986 and 1990 tournaments. Chile has won both its games in Group H.

Team Line-Ups:

Chile: Claudio Bravo, Waldo Ponce, Gonzalo Jara, Gary Medel, Matias Fernandez (Esteban Paredes 65'), Carlos Carmona, Arturo Vidal (Mark Gonzalez 45'), Mauricio Isla, Humberto Suazo (Jorge Valdivia 45'), Juan Beausejour, Alexis Sanchez

Switzerland: Diego Benaglio, Stephane Grichting, Steve von Bergen, Reto Ziegler, Stephen Lichsteiner, Benjamin Huggel, Gokhan Inler, Gelson Fernandes (Albert Bunjaku 77') , Valon Behrami, Blaise N'Kufo (Eren Derdiyok 67'), Alexander Frei (Tranquillio Barnetta 42')


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