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June 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM

World Cup group-stage reviews after two games: Group H

Team-by-team breakdown

Chile (2-0-0, 6 pts.) — My sleeper pick is in the group lead, not bad eh? They could however not advance to the knockout round even with the two wins. Play a motivated group favorite in the last game. Yikes.

Spain (1-1-0, 3 pts.) — Can only blame their own finishing for not having two wins. I thought they looked remarkably worse without Iniesta in the second game, but David Villa made up for it.

Switzerland (1-1-0, 3 pts.) — This team can play defense, that’s a fact. That style of play, however, has kept us from learning much about incoming Sounders FC forward Blaise Nkufo. Could very well advance.

Honduras (0-2-0, 0 pts.) — Sigi Schmid referred to them as the “goal-differential team” today, which is kind of sad but true. Could shake up the group with a surprise result against the Swiss in the finale.

What stands out so far

1. Spain on the brink? — Doesn’t look like the well-oiled machine we’re used to from La Furia Roja. Might even face Brazil in the round of 16. Yikes.

2. Chile a contender? — The South American side might be one of the nicest surprises of the tournament, having controlled both games comfortably despite the narrow scores.

3. Nkufo in action — Being able to see a Sounder in the World Cup has definitely added another treat to the action. Seattle fans want to see that treat in rave green.

Three stars

1. F Alexis Sanchez, Chile

2. F David Villa, Spain

3. D Stephane Grichting, Switzerland

Look ahead

Three teams could finish with six points apiece, in fact most expect that to happen. It’d be a shame to see a team with two wins knocked out of the tournament, but that’s how it goes. I think Spain will move on with a win, but we’ll see in Chile or Switzerland take the reins and produce a good showing the finale to advance.

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