Chile leads 10-man Switzerland on Gonzalez goal in 75th minuteBy AP
Monday, June 21, 2010
Chile takes 1-0 lead after 75 minutes
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa — Mark Gonzalez has scored on a header in the 75th minute, giving Chile a 1-0 lead over 10-man Switzerland in the Group H match Monday at the World Cup.
Chile was up against a resolute Swiss defense, which had gone over 550 minutes since yielding a goal at the World Cup — a record. But Gonzalez got free and took a pass from Esteban Pareides for the lead.
Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami was sent off in the 31st minute for elbowing Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Chile thought it had taken the lead in the 49th, but Alexis Sanchez’s goal was disallowed for offside. Sanchez also came close in the 55th but his break through the penalty area was thwarted by Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
Even before the ejection, the South Americans had the best chances.
Both teams won their first match.
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