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No one really saw this one coming. Tournament favourites Spain yesterday lost to Switzerland 1-0. Inspite of having plenty of possession Spain just couldn’t manage to score. Credit to Switzerland though. They defended really deep and they hit Spain on the counter which is certainly the best way to play against Spain. Spanish supporters will be fearing the worst. They have seen this many times and will be hoping they will be able to bounce back which I think they will.

Fernando Torres was not fit enough to start so David Villa played as the lone striker. Del Bosque decided to go with 2 defensive midfielders which was a very strange decision. It was very obvious Swiss were going to defend for most of the game so it didn’t really make sense to play both Alonso and Busquets. These two did not have a bad game but they just couldn’t provide that attacking edge even though Alonso came really close to scoring.  Spain didn’t have any goalscoring midfielders yesterday and Del Bosque in the absence of Torres should have gone with Fabregas who scored 19 goals for Arsenal this season.

Wondering what he needs to do to get into the team

Spain started the game really well with Swiss hardly touching the ball. But it took them nearly 20 minutes before they got a shot on goal. Iniesta was looking really lively and had to face several crunching challenges from the opposition. Pique got the best chance in the first half but his shot was well saved by  Benaglio.

Spain started the second half with a lot more urgency. They created plenty of half chances but failed to convert them. Spain got plenty of corners and free kicks in the second half but their set pieces were disappointing to say the least. Swiss then scored through a simple long ball and some terrible defending. Alonso didn’t track Dedriyok back and his effort was saved by Casillas but Gelson Fernandes somehow managed to bundle it home. Del Bosque then decided to bring Torres and Navas on for Silva and Busquets. Torres clearly didn’t look completely fit and didn’t make much of an impact. Navas started brightly  but then struggled towards the end. His crosses were pretty poor most of them hitting the near post defender.

Man City fans the world over celebrated

Iniesta then suffered an injury and Del Bosque strangely brought on Pedro instead of Mata or Fabregas. Pedro failed to make any impact. Except for Alonso’s effort which hit the bar and one effort from Navas Spain never really came close to scoring.  Spain nearly conceded a second towards the end when Derdiyok brilliant run ended up in his effort hitting the post.

You could see from their performance that they were very over confident. There was a touch of arrogance in the way they played. They were trying to score the perfect goal with most of the players opting to pass when a shot at goal would have been a better option. David Villa’s chip in the first half summed it up. Switzerland are a tough team to beat but Spain made it hard for themselves by complicating things. In a way this defeat could do them a lot of good. It will help get rid of complacency. It is definitely a wake up call for them. They will need to be a lot more direct and clinical  and playing Torres and Fabregas will certainly help. Lesson to be learnt from the game against Switzerland? Goals win you matches and not possession.