Spain vs. Switzerland instant analysis
Here we go then, favorite Spain finally gets into the action, and the team is at full strength with the inclusion of Andres Iniesta. I was slightly concerned by Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld's pregame suggestion that: "We'll need to be compact at the back, defend with nine men and hit them on the break when we can," given the massive lack of ambition it betrays. But at least in the absence of captain and main striker Alexander Frei, HItzfeld's gone for Eren Derdiyok, a tall, powerful striker who's been getting scouts hot under the collar since his international debut a couple of years ago.
Spain: Iker Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, Joan Capdevila; David Silva, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets; David Villa.
Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Stephane Grichting, Philippe Senderos, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Reto Ziegler; Tranquillo Barnetta, Benjamin Huggel, Gokhan Inler, Gelson Fernandes; Blaise Nfuko, Eren Derdiyok.
This is another match up between a side that can play football and a side that can stop other sides playing football, but in the mix this time, I'm delighted to tell you, is English referee Howard Webb. He is probably the best English referee, but that's a bit like being the thinnest person at Weight Watchers.
The Spanish anthems is sung (by the crowd, the Spanish players look quite grim-faced despite a jaunty trumpet), then the gentle Swiss number is well sung by the players. The fans seem to have been drowned out by the arrival of 4,934,574,952 bees.
Other than Torres,
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