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Chile vs. Switzerland in World Cup 2010

Chile was able to break through for a 1-0 win over Switzerland, which played for much of the game with only 10 men after Valone Behrami was assessed a red card in the 31st minute. Switzerland also set a World Cup record by going 551 minutes without allowing a goal.

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By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 21, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Comments

Another game tainted by a card-happy ref with theatrics from the players.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 21, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the guy running espn's gamecast -- he knew a red was coming. And not a North Korean, either.

Posted by: Reignking | June 21, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

yeah, the refs seemed to be doing so much right the first 3-4 days that i got my hopes up that we wouldn't see a bunch of games get tainted by questionable calls and motives. but as the games have improved, the refereeing has fallen off a cliff. Look for my new book "Can't Anyone Here Call This Game?" coming in spring 2011 (with special MLS pull-out section).

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | June 21, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

That is just ridiculous1 Where do they get these incompetent referees from?

Posted by: charlie015 | June 21, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Then again...

From the replay, he threw two elbows/arms in succession each making contact. That's what probably earned him the straight red.

On the other hand...

Where are the refs when it comes to embellishment? The lack of a yellow on Keita after Kaka's second yellow was ludicrous.

While I am totally against replay for the run of play, replays could be used to throw embellishment yellows, and surely would cut down on the nonsense.

Posted by: wxdancer | June 21, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@wxdancer - he did throw his arm back twice, which is definitely a caution. but i think a straight red has to be held out for something more egregious. starting with Cahill's red, the bar has been pretty low. with something that changes a game so much, the refs need to show a bit of restraint unless they are 100% certain. it's a fast game and 1 man can't be expected to follow 22 players at all times, but if you're showing a red, you have to get it right.

also, the lack of a call on Luis Fabaino's 2 handballs on his 2nd goal was borderline criminal. Irish fans must have been having flashbacks.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | June 21, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Suazo out -- that's disappointing.

Posted by: Reignking | June 21, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

"61'Medel now gets a yellow after a Swiss player hits the turf. The ref's completely lost control of this match now. Pathetic."

Hopefully week 3 is different -- week 1 had great reffing, if not boring games, while week 2 was pathetic.

Posted by: Reignking | June 21, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"The Swiss defense, which is tighter than a tax man's wallet."

Too funny.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 21, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Oh thank God Chile has put one in...

Posted by: Reignking | June 21, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

" Hopefully week 3 is different -- week 1 had great reffing, if not boring games, while week 2 was pathetic "

So true! The first round was really a znooze! Games got much better in the second round but the reffs have been awful for the most part.

Posted by: charlie015 | June 21, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I am afraid 1-0 may not be enough for Chile. They are playing Spain for the final game, while the Swiss will face Honduras!
I don't see Chile coming out of the group unless Honduras manage to hold the Swiss.
They should have padded their Goal Average vs. Honduras and today as well.

Posted by: charlie015 | June 21, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The Keita has apparently become a standard tactic now, and continues to work. Un-******'-believable.

Next WC, just use all-German crews. Those guys are good.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 21, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I think some of the refs just can't handle the speed and intensity of the games we've seen in the second week. I think the ref for the Slovenia/US game is a perfect example. I thought he was decent (except for the Findley yellow) in the first half, but once the US came out and pushed the pace and played with more intensity I think he was quickly over his head. Games in the first round were snooze fests and the intensity and pace was low in these games. Teams came out tenative in the first round for the most part but had to play more open in the second round to pick up points. Unfortunately, the pace and intensity for the 3rd week games look to be played with even more pace and intensity and I don't think that is a good thing for some of these refs. Hopefully I'm wrong, but look for more headscratchers from the men in the middle.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | June 21, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Next WC, just use all-German crews. Those guys are good.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals

Maybe not

Posted by: Reignking | June 21, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

De esta manera, el once de España sería el formado por Casillas; Ramos, Piqué, Puyol, Capdevila; Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Silva, Navas; Torres y Villa

Posted by: Reignking | June 21, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I am afraid 1-0 may not be enough for Chile. They are playing Spain for the final game, while the Swiss will face Honduras!
I don't see Chile coming out of the group unless Honduras manage to hold the Swiss.
They should have padded their Goal Average vs. Honduras and today as well.

Posted by: charlie015 |

sucks to think 6 points isn't enough to get out of the group.

Posted by: VTUnited | June 21, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

OT: France has hired a new fitness director. Some video of the new appointment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUCDhvbQFmU

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Rand-al-Thor. That bit always has my kids in stitches. I was going to talk to them about stereotypes and not making fun of others, but then I remembered that it's the French being depicted. What are they going to do, strike?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I was going to watch this game tonight, but I need the distraction...

Posted by: Reignking | June 21, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Grande Chile! El mejor equipo de sudamerica!

Posted by: FloresFan | June 21, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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