Switzerland pulled off a shocking upset at the World Cup on Wednesday, beating European champion Spain, 1-0, on Gelson Fernandes’ second-half goal in Durban, South Africa.
Fernandes clipped the ball into the net in the 52nd minute, ending Spain’s run of 12 straight wins and handing the Spanish team its second loss in 50 games. Spain’s only other loss during the stretch was to the United States, at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year.
“Today wasn’t our day,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. “We have two games ahead of us. We have to find a way to win them.”
Spain, ranked No. 1 in the world coming in, outshot the Swiss 24-8 and held the ball 63 percent of the time, but could find no way through Switzerland’s determined defense.
Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso came closest to equalizing when his powerful drive in the 70th minute slammed into the crossbar.
It was Switzerland’s first win over Spain.
Eren Derdiyok created Switzerland’s goal by surging through the center of Spain’s defense and rounding Iker Casillas on one of Switzerland’s rare attacks. Gerard Pique’s desperate tackle stopped Derdiyok, but Fernandes was on hand to pounce on the loose ball and score.
At the final whistle, Fernandes fell to his knees and raised both arms. The entire team then went to the small section of Swiss fans in the Moses Mabhida Stadium and saluted them as they cheered and rang Alpine cow bells.
Chile 1, Honduras 0: Jean Beausejour scored in the 34th minute and Chile beat Honduras for its first World Cup victory in 48 years.
In a free-flowing match in Nelspruit, South Africa, Chile won the opening game of Group H after Beausejour tapped in a cross from Mauricio Isla.
Chile’s last victory during the finals was on June 16, 1962, when it came in third as host of the World Cup.
Uruguay 3, South Africa 0: Diego Forlan scored two goals, helping Uruguay to a victory that pushed South Africa closer to being the first host nation to go out in the opening round of a World Cup.
In Pretoria, South Africa, Forlan scored on a deflected 25-yard shot in the 24th minute and converted a penalty kick in the 80th to give Uruguay its first World Cup victory since 1990. Alvaro Pereira added the third score in injury time.
Uruguay has four points from two games in Group A, while South Africa has one and needs to beat France on Tuesday to have any chance to stay in the competition.