Wednesday 16 June 2010
A messy goal from Gelson Fernandes six minutes after the interval saw European champions Spain trailing Switzerland 1-0 in the second half of their opening Group H match here in the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Spain were missing Fernando Torres from attack. The Liverpool striker had been declared fit for duty after recovering from knee surgery towards the end of this past season but coach Vicente Del Bosque preferred to save Torres for later, tougher assignments and started with David Villa as a lone striker – and an ineffective one.
Del Bosque’s men took the game to Switzerland from the outset and might have gone ahead in the 23rd minute only for advancing centre-back Gerard Pique to hesitate for a moment – perhaps in surprise – before shooting. Keeper Diego Benagio smothered the low shot.
Swiss attacking reticence meant that their first serious attempt on goal came from a free kick two minutes later but Reto Ziegler’s effort, though it skidded through the defensive wall, was easily saved by Iker Casillas, scrambling to his left.
Spain failed to heed the warning. In the 61st minute their midfield, heavily packed as it was, was caught out by a long clearance downfield from Benaglia. Eren Derdirok chased the ball on into the penalty and was felled by the advancing Casillas. Before English referee Howard Webb even had the time to consider whether to award a penalty, Fernandes had bundled aside Pique and jabbed the ball home.
Spain responded by taking off midfielders Sergi Busquets and David Silva and throwing on Torres and Jesus Navas.
Gelson Fernandes was born on September 2nd, 1986 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelson_Fernandes
9 + 2 +2+0+0+9 = 22 = his personal year (from September 2nd, 2009 to September 1st, 2010) = Lucky.
22 year + 6 (June) = 28 = his personal month (from June 2nd, 2010 to July 1st, 2010) = Hero. Unstoppable.