Port Elizabeth: Mark Gonzalez's late goal helped Chile to overcome record-setting Swiss defense and come out with a 1-0 victory in their Group H clash at Port Elizabeth.
Despite one man advantage Chile were kept on bay, on search of their first goal as Swiss team continued to stretch their record of goals not conceded in World Cup competition. Gonzalez finally brought smiles in the Chile camp, the South Africa-born player headed in Esteban Paredes's cross in the 75th minute to break the Swiss back-line for the first time in over 550 minutes of FifaWorld Cup football.
Chile as expected were attacking from the word go and going for goals and they had the majority of chances. Valon Behrami was sent off in the 31st minute and incidentally he became the first Swiss player to be sent off in a Fifa World Cup. The West Ham United player Behrami swung his arm into the face of Arturo Vidal while trying to hold off the Chilean along the sideline was shown a straight red card by the match referee. Chile came up with more spaces after his dismissal but were not able to convert their chances as the strong Swiss defense continued to stretch their record.
Coming into the second half Chile made two changes and scored a goal just minutes after the restart, but the goal was disallowed as Alexis Sanchez shot had deflected an offside player before beating the goalkeeper. Sanchez had another chance in the 55th after making a good run but Swiss defender Benaglio, stood firm and managed to block him before he could trigger his shot.
Meanwhile the Swiss team had beaten Italy's record of scoreless minutes in the finals and it seemed like the Chile team would never be able to beat the Swiss defense. In the 75th minute however, the Swiss defense was caught flat for once as Paredes made a good diagonal run and hit a cross in the back post and Gonzalez headed past the defense to score a decisive goal for Chile.
Chile are topping the group with six points and will play Spain in their next match. Whereas Switzerland will clash against Honduras to book a place for the last 16.