Gelson Fernandes’ goal in the second half led to Spain’s second loss in 50 games.
Spain largely dominated offensively, but couldn’t find the back of the net through a strong Switzerland defense.
Player of the Game
Eren Derdiyok, Switzerland
Derdiyok powered through the center of Spain’s defense and drew a hard tackle from defender Gerard Pique in the second half. Fernandes came in and grabbed the loose ball and scored thanks to Derdiyok’s sacrifice.
Fernandes scored the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute. Spain maintained possession of the ball for 74 percent of the time.
Spain's only other loss during the last 50-game stretch was to the United States, at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year. …Switzerland committed far more penalties, picking up 19 fouls compared to Spain’s nine.
Switzerland faces Chile at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, June 21. Spain takes on Honduras at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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