A lack of finishing not only left Switzerland and Honduras in a scoreless draw, but it also eliminated both teams from the FIFA World Cup.
Switzerland, which provided an early tournament upset over Spain in Group H play, couldn't find that same magic in its finale against Honduras.
The Swiss may not be considered one of soccer's offensive juggernauts, but the team only needed a two-goal victory to assure themselves a berth in the Round of 16. Despite a plethora of excellent scoring opportunities, they lacked the killer instinct needed to find the back of the net.
It wouldn't be harsh to say it was an uninspiring effort from the Swiss, a defensively proud team, which earlier set a FIFA World Cup record of 559 minutes without conceding a goal until Chile broke it.
In an effort to add some life to his team in the second half, manager Ottmar Hitzfeld inserted popular veteran Hakan Yakin and prolific striker Alexander Frei, who is still returning to match fitness, but neither player could help break the deadlock.
Honduras made six changes to its lineup ahead of this match and looked the better for it. Los Catrachos's quick counterattack caused heart palpitations on the Swiss backline, especially in the second half, when Switzerland was desperately pushing forward, searching for goals.
Honduras in fact may have enjoyed the better chances and really should have had two goals. David Suazo missed an open header in the 53rd minute and an Edgard Alvarez strike in the 71st minute was foiled by a one-handed save by Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.
Honduras finishes its first World Cup since 1982 with a draw and no goals scored.
What this result means
Switzerland and Honduras end their respective tournament journeys in Bloemfontein.
Spain wins Group H with six points and the tiebreaker over Chile (also with six points) as both sides move on to the Round of 16.
Spain will play Portugal, the runner-up from Group G, in the next round, while Chile faces Group G winner Brazil.
Man of the match
Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares, who has been criticized in the past for his inconsistency, was on the mark in his team's tournament finale. He came off his line with aggression, punched away dangerous balls on Swiss set pieces and kept his team organized at the back to finish with the clean sheet.
The Swiss perspective
"We had an incredible [goalkeeper] Diego Benaglio who kept us in the game. But as far as our creative play, that's not something I can be happy with. I'm not happy with my strikers, either." — Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.
The Honduran perspective
"I think we played a good match. We had much more ball possession. We felt much more self-assured.… We had the chances to win but the team that scores wins." — Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.