Forlan double lifts Uruguay past Bafana Bafana; Switzerland sucker-punch favourites Spain 1-nil; Classy Chile beat Honduras in one-sided affair

South Africa 0 – Uruguay 3 (World Cup, July 16, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Bafana Bafana found themselves under the cosh early on against Uruguay, Luis Suarez and Jorge Fucile both flashed shots past the home goal. In the 24th minute Uruguay scored, Diego Forlan thumping a fantastic 25-yarder that flew into the net, with the aid of a slight deflection, off the underside of the bar. Midway through the second half Katlego Mphela came close to scoring for South Africa with a header. In the 76th minute Uruguay won a penalty when Luis Suarez was taken out by keeper Itumeleng Khune (who was sent off) and Diego Forlan doubled the lead from the spot. With South Africa flailing as the match dwindled to a close, Luis Suarez crossed to Alvaro Pereira who bundled home a killer third.

Spain 0 – Switzerland 1 (World Cup, July 16, 2010) (Alternative highlights here and longer highlights here.) Prior to Spain’s opening match at the World Cup, Nike produced a new advert for La Furia Roja. Switzerland held firm in the first half despite Spain controlling almost all the play, the Swiss did though lose Philippe Senderos to injury before the break. Incredibly seven minutes after the break the underdogs went 1-up. Spain failed to deal with a long ball and Derdiyok found himself in on goal, after colliding with Casillas and Pique, the ball fell to Gelson Fernandes who slotted home. Spain came storming back and Xabi Alonso saw his cracker bounce back off the bar. Seconds later Eren Derdiyok nearly scored one of the great World Cup goals with a mazy run that culminated in him flicking against the post. Spain’s afternoon took a blow when Andres Iniesta went off with yet another injury.

Honduras 0 – Chile 1 (World Cup, July 16, 2010) Chile, many people’s dark horses in South Africa, started briskly against Honduras with Matias Fernandez curling a free-kick narrowly over the bar and Arturo Vidal testing out keeper Valladares with a swerving 25-yarder that the goalie almost fumbled. In the 34th minute Chile struck with a quality goal, Valdivia slipped a glorious pass to right-back Isla, he flashed a cross into the six-yard box and forward Juan Beausejour got the final touch to carry the ball over the line. Chile continued to impress after the break, Alexis Sanchez dragging a shot wide when presented with a clear opportunity to strike on goal. And the Chileans were denied a 62nd minute second by a wonder save from goalie Noel Valladares who made a terrific stop to deny Waldo Ponce’s header from point-blank range. Chile continued to pour forward, Jorge Valdiva seeing his effort chalked off for a Sanchez handball (or was it called for offside?) in the build-up.

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El Nacional 4 – Espoli 0 (Campeonato Ecuatoriano, July 16, 2010) Marlon De Jesus broke the deadlock after just two minutes, and the hosts doubled the lead at the start of the second when Fricson Rafael Erazo headed home a corner. Valencia made it three from the spot in the 69th, and Marlon De Jesus raced clear to wrap up a fourth.

Emelec 1 – LDU Quito 0 (Campeonato Ecuatoriano, July 16, 2010) Corozo’s 90th minute header stole the points for Emelec.

Independiente J. Teran 2 – Dep. Cuenca 2 (Campeonato Ecuatoriano, July 16, 2010) Estigarribia and Vasquez put the hosts 2-up in the first half. A horror goalkeeping howler of Rob Green proportions allowed Pablo Xavier Arevalo’s speculative shot to sneak in for Cuenca in the 56th, and the visitors snatched a point through Marcos Quinonez’s header in the 69th.

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Sporting Cristal 1 – Universitario Lima 2 (Peru Primera Division, July 16, 2010) First half strikes from Raul Ruidiaz and Juan Jose Barros earned Lima the points.

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Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Khazar Lenkoran 0 (Friendly, July 16, 2010)