This was another dogged defensive performance from Switzerland, and in arguably more difficult circumstances than in their shock 1-0 win over Spain. They played for an hour with ten men after the West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami was sent off for the use of his elbow.
The only goal of the game came from former Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez, who would have been unrecognisable to his former employers as he rose to nod home Esteban Paredes’s cross. It was scored after 75 minutes, and by keeping their clean sheet past 67 minutes Switzerland broke Italy’s record for the longest time without conceding a World Cup goal. The record now stands at nine hours and 18 minutes.
Behrami’s red card was questionable – he raised his arms to fend off defenders three times in quick succession but did not swing his elbow, with Valdivia clearly exaggerating what contact there was – but when the referee brandished his fourth yellow card after just twenty minutes a sending off seemed inevitable. In total referee Al Ghamdi would show his yellow card nine times.
Switzerland might have drawn level at the death, Derdiyok firing wide with the goal at his mercy, but Chile were well worth their win with another fine attacking display, though they will feel they should have scored more. The result means both teams can still qualify from a group that looks like going down to goal difference: Chile need a point against Spain and Switzerland will fancy their chances of beating Honduras on Friday.