BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: Hendry Thomas of Honduras tackles Tranquillo Barnetta of Switzerland during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group H match between Switzerland and Honduras at the Free State Stadium on June 25, 2010 in Mangaung, Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Switzerland-Honduras End In Scoreless Draw, Both Sides Eliminated From World Cup

With a two goal win over Honduras, Switzerland is guaranteed passage into the knockout stage, but for the team who has scored only once in 180 minutes, needing two goals may require a change of approach.

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World Cup 2010, Switerland Vs. Honduras: Scoreless Draw Leaves Swiss On Four Points, Out Of World Cup

Switzerland and Honduras played to an even, 0-0 draw on Friday, leaving Switzerland out of the World Cup.

Switzerland would have advanced to the knockout stage of the competition with a two goal win, but Honduras looked just as likely to get a counter attack goal in Friday’s match, playing the Swiss to a scoreless draw that earned the Catarachos their only point of World Cup 2010.

Switzerland held 63 percent of the match’s possession and recorded five of the six shots on goal, but Honduras had nearly as many scoring chances, with poor finishing on counter attacks plaguing their chances for an opening goal.

Switzerland, unaccustomed to pressing the action, never could break down Honduras and end the tournament failing to score a goal after Gelson Fernandes’s tally that beat Spain.

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World Cup 2010, Switzerland Vs. Honduras: Hondurans Play Swiss Even Into Halftime

Honduras has played Switzerland even through the first 45 minute of their Friday match, leaving knockout stage advancement a doubt for the Swiss, with the score tied 0-0.

Switzerland needs a victory over Honduras to move into the final 16, but Honduras counter attack chances – specifically, one generated by Wilson Palacios that nearly earned Gelson Fernandes a red card for a professional foul – have kept the Hondurans close to a goal.

The Swiss have, however, held two-thirds of the possession as they press for the goal that would put them into knockout stage. Switzerland had come into this match needing two goals to secure advancement. Now, with Chile down 2-0, Switzerland need only win to advance, if results hold.

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