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Mark Gonzalez celebrates his 75th minute goal

14:00 GMT, June 21, 2010

Mark Gonzalez’s 75th-minute goal put Chile on the brink of the second round with a 1-0 win over Switzerland. A fussy referee produced eight yellow cards and sent off Valron Behrami for an elbow on Arturo Vidal. 


  • Man of the Match: Alexis Sanchez – Though Jorge Valdivia also made a good impression after his arrival as a second-half substitute, it was Chile’s flying forward who caught the eye once more thanks to his pace, invention and repertoire of tricks. His value is soaring game by game. 
  • Chile verdict: Marcelo Bielsa’s well-drilled side are delivering on the promise that many felt they had prior to the tournament and now top the group with maximum points. After another fluent and energetic display, a draw against Spain in their final game will secure top spot and they look real dark horses for the tournament. They could have enjoyed a greater margin of victory though and may have to be more ruthless. 
  • Switzerland verdict: Ottmar Hitzfeld’s size were inhibited by the dismissal of Valon Behrami in the first half but three points from two games against the group favourites hardly ranks as a disappointing tally. Though a win against Honduras in their final game will not completely guarantee their progression, they have a good base to work from. Will need to find more of a cutting edge though, as demonstrated by Eren Derdiyok’s late miss, and doubts remain as to whether they can chase a game. 
  • Could do better: Officials and players – Once again we saw a referee – in this case Khalil Al Ghamdi of Saudi Arabia – prove far too card-happy as he produced a succession of bemusing bookings. Valon Behrami was also hard done by when being dismissed for fending off Arturo Vidal. However, some mitigation comes in the fact that certain players seem so committed to embarrassing play-acting. Steve von Bergen joins Ivory Coast’s Kader Keita in this club of shame after an over-the-top reaction in the second half. 
  • Stat attack: Humberto Suazo’s second-minute yellow card is the joint third-quickest booking ever awarded at the World Cup (two have been awarded in the first minute).


    Gonzalez, formerly of Liverpool but now at CSKA Moscow, struck with 15 minutes remaining as Switzerland, reduced to ten men when Behrami was sent off before the break, finally succumbed at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. 

    His goal will send the South Americans into their final Group H clash with Spain knowing a point will be enough to take them through to the knockout stages. 

    Switzerland, looking to build upon their shock victory over the Spaniards, found themselves up against it even before their numbers were reduced. 

    Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio had to make a fine double save from Arturo Vidal and Carlos Carmona with just ten minutes gone, and he was in the right place at the right time five minutes before the break when Alexis Sanchez toe-poked a shot towards goal with his defenders once again conspicuous by their absence. 

    In the meantime their task had increased markedly when Behrami, having tangled with Jean Beausejour, did so with Vidal and saw the midfielder go to ground clutching his face. Referee Khalil Al Ghamdi had little hesitation in producing a red card and the Swiss were very much on the back foot. 

    In truth, they had been already for much of the first half with Chile’s midfield trio of Vidal, Carmona – who will miss the final group game against Spain after picking up a second booking – and Matias Ferrnandez repeatedly causing problems. 

    Switzerland offered little in response and skipper Alex Frei, who missed the opening game through injury, departed before the break having struggled to make an impact. 

    Sanchez in particular made a nuisance of himself as the South Americans stepped up a gear in the wake of Behrami’s exit, although the Swiss just about held firm. 

    Chile thought they had taken the lead within three minutes of the restart when Sanchez blasted home a shot with the help of a significant deflection, but an offside flag correctly halted his celebrations in their infancy. 

    Benaglio needed to be at his best once again with 55 minutes gone when defender Stephane Grichting gifted the ball to Sanchez, who raced in on goal but could not beat the goalkeeper one-on-one. 

    Half-time substitute Gonzalez headed over from a Fernandez corner but, as the game became increasingly bad-tempered, Fernandez, who will also miss the Spain game, Gokhan Inler and Gary Medel were all cautioned in quick succession. 

    Grichting made a fine 69th-minute block to deny substitute Esteban Paredes, but it was he who did the damage with 15 minutes remaining when he rounded Benaglio and crossed for Gonzalez to power a downward header in off the underside of the bar. 

    The lively Paredes might have doubled his side’s advantage twice within the final six minutes but was unable to hit the target on either occasion, and Swiss substitute Eren Derdiyok passed up a glorious opportunity to level with seconds remaining when he fired wide.

    from:  http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=264076&cc=3888&ver=global


    Mark González was born on July 10th, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Gonzalez

    July 10th

    7 + 10 2+0+0+9 = 28 = his personal year (from July 10th, 2009 to July 9th, 2010) = Hero.  Unstoppable.

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    Honduras v Chile (Gett)

    16 Jun 2010 13:23:00
    Chile played some of the finest football of the tournament so far to open their World Cup with a convincing 1-0 win against plucky outsiders Honduras.

    Playing with an enterprising spirit, the South Americans imposed themselves on the game from the beginning, as is the style of their Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa.

    La Roja’s first meaningful chance arrived after Wilson Palacios welcomed Jorge Valdivia to the game to concede an early free-kick, however Matias Fernande’s effort landed just over the bar with keeper Noel Valladares scrambling.

    Valladares had another nervous moment when Arturo Vidal, striding forward, tried his luck with a speculative right foot shot which leapt out of the keeper’s hands with the veteran relieved to find no onrushing opponents.

    Honduras’ record scorer Carlos Pavon was handed his first meaningful opportunity after excellent play from Edgar Alvarez down the right hand side however he failed to appreciate the time available to him and he meekly shot wide.

    Alexis Sanchez exhibited his pace throughout the first half and his latching on to a mammoth throw from keeper Claudio Bravo created a chance for Jorge Valdivia whose goalbound shot was diverted over the bar thanks to a courageous block from the skipper Guevarra.

    Despite the aesthetically pleasing football on show from the Chileans, the game was slightly marred by some questionable decisions from Eddy Maillet, it was an entertaining affair and few were surprised to see Chile take the lead.

    The delightfully named Jean Beausejour scored only his second goal for Chile after Mauricio Isla got beyond Matias Fernandez who played in the Udinese man. The rightback’s cutback was guided into the net after Sergio Mendoza inadvertently played the ball against Beausejour for a well deserved opening goal.

    Chile held their lead at half-time though only after Claudio Bravo comfortably tipped over a free kick from Ramon Nunez.

    Beautiful Beausejour | Chile took early lead, but failed to extend their advantage

    Honduras switched to 4-4-2 for the second half and it almost paid immediate dividends as the pacy Alvarez moved alongside Pavon. It prompted Bielsa to sacrifice midfielder Rodrigo Millar for West Brom leftback Gonzalo Jara.

    Sanchez then beat two men and slid the ball through to Beausejour who was denied by an excellent last-ditch sliding lunge from Maynor Figueroa. The Chile flyer almost got his name on the scoresheet when an electric burst of pace took him into the penalty box but he skewed his shot wide.

    Chile somehow failed to score the second goal they deserved, coming closest when  centreback Waldo Ponce somehow failed to score from inside the six-yard box, with Valladares pulling off a superb acrobatic stop.

    Chile had the ball in the net a second time thanks to Valdivia, however Alexis Sanchez was rightly adjudged to have been offside whilst being fortunate to escape a booking for handball. They continued to press throughout and though they failed to extend their lead, La Roja never looked in danger of not taking all three points and may well be a side to watch in this tournament.

    from:  http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2890/world-cup-2010/2010/06/16/1979536/world-cup-2010-honduras-0-1-chile-deflected-jean-beausejour


    Jean Beausejour was born on June 1st, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Beausejour

    June 1st

    6 + 1 +2+0+1+0 = 10 = his personal year (from June 1st, 2010 to June 1st, 2011)

    10 year + 6 (June) = 16 = his personal month for June

    16 month + 16 (16th of the month on Wednesday June 16th, 2010) = 32 = his personal day = Winning.  Victory.  Triumph.  Champion.  Mighty.  Glory.  Pride.  First place.  Number 1.  The greatest.  The best. 


    June 1st, 1984

    6 + 1 +1+9+8+4 = 29 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Self-confidence.  Self-assurance.  Skills.  Talents.  Competence.  Expertise.  Specialty.  Teamwork.  Cooperate.  There’s no “I” in team.  TEAM:  together each accomplishes more.  Confident in your abilities.  Honing your skills and talents. 

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    The death toll from Chile’s earthquake has more than doubled to 708 and is expected to rise further, President Michelle Bachelet has said.

    Previously about 300 people were estimated to have been killed in Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude quake – one of the most powerful recorded.

    Massive damage is hampering rescue teams as they struggle to reach those still buried in the rubble.

    However a Pacific-wide alert for a tsunami has been lifted.

    Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Ms Bachelet said: “The catastrophe is enormous. The latest number I have is 708 dead.”

    from:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8542122.stm

    Michelle Bachelet was born on September 29th, 1951 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Bachelet

    September 29th

    9 + 29 +2+0+0+9 = 49 = her personal year (from September 29th, 2009 to September 28th, 2010)

    49 year + 1 (January) = 50 = her personal month (from January 29th, 2010 to February 28th, 2010) = Family life.  Ananda.  Bliss.  Joy.  Overjoyed.  Wonderful.  Global.  Worldwide.  Planetary.  World.  Gaia.  Globe.  Planet.  Continent.  Environment.  We.  World family.  World peace.  Culture.  Society.  Population.  Civilization.  Everyone.  Symphony.  Social issues.  Land.  Real estate.  Ecology.  Climate.  Ocean.  Floods.  Deluge.  Tidal waves.  Earthquakes.  Natural disasters. 


    Michelle Bachelet was born on September 29th, 1951.  She is 58 years old.

    One’s y+e+a+r of birth rules ages 54 to 81.

    She was born in 1951.

    1+9+5+1 = 16 = Life-altering experiences.  Surprises.  Shocks…Accidents.  Catastrophes. 

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    A massive earthquake of a magnitude of 8.8 struck Chile early Saturday. The powerful earthquake struck in the wee hours this morning, making buildings to collapse over a wide area where people live and downing phone lines across the country.

    According to Reuters, 47 people had died since the earthquake struck in Chile. President Michele Bachelet had declared a “state of emergency” in areas affected by the said earthquake.

    According to some other reports that the earthquake jolted Chile at 1:34 AM EST and several big aftershocks later hit the south-central region, including ones having an intensity of 6.9, 6.2 and 5.6.

    from:  http://www.buzzybloggers.com/headlines/7662/chile-earthquake-cause-tsunami-warnings/

    Chile was “born” (declared independence) on February 12th, 1818 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile

    February 12th

    2 + 12 +2+0+1+0 = 17 = Chile’s personal year (from February 12th, 2010 to February 11th, 2011)

    17 year + 2 (February) = 19 = Chile’s personal month (from February 12th, 2010 to March 11th, 2010)

    19 month + 26 (26th of the month) = 45 = Chile’s personal day (from the time it was born on February 26th, 2010 to the time it was born on February 27th, 2010) = )  Intensity…Powerful.  Force…Peak.  Maximum.  Extreme.  Surge. 

    So if Chile was born after 1:34 a.m. EST, then it was Chile’s 45 day when the earthquake hit.


    February 12th, 1818

    2 + 12 +1+8+1+8 = 32 = Chile’s life lesson = what Chile is here to learn = The biggest.  Giant.  Huge.  Gigantic.  Colossal.  Mammoth. 

    February 27th, 2010

    2 + 27 +2+0+1+0 = 32 = the universal day for February 27th, 2010




    Earthquake 22 May 1960 at 3:11 p.m. AST

    Chilean earthquake, the largest one in the world, measuring 9. 5 on the Richter Scale. The earthquake killed more than 2,000 people and injured more than 3,000 more. More than 2,000,000 people were left homeless and millions of dollars of damages were incurred, $550 million in southern Chile alone. A subsequent tsunami caused additional deaths and damage in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines and to the west coast of the continental US.

    from:  http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Nature:_Earthquake_Chile

    May 22nd, 1960

    February 12th, 1818

    2 + 12 +1+9+6+0 = 30 = Chile’s personal year (from February 12th, 1960 to February 11th, 1961)

    30 year + 5 (May) = 35 = Chile’s personal month (from May 12th, 1960 to June 11th, 1960)

    35 month + 22 (22nd of the month on May 22nd) = 57 = Chile’s personal day (if Chile was born before 3:11 p.m. AST) = Condolences.  Heartbreaker.  Heartache.  Tearjerker.

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