World Cup pre-game: Chile vs. Switzerland

Chile plays Switzerland Monday at the World Cup (CBC,, 9:30 am ET) in a crucial Group H game with huge ramifications for both nations.

Day 11, Match 2

Chile vs. Switzerland, Group H

Date and Location

June 21, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and (9:30 a.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.

Rogers pre-game show

Watch the Rogers pre-game show 30 minutes before kickoff as our panel of soccer experts provides up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

What's at stake

Did anyone guess beforehand that this match could decide first place in Group H? That's how it's turned out after Chile's 1-0 victory over Honduras and Switzerland's 1-0 shocker over Spain.

A win by either side pretty much assures qualification to the second round at the very least. 

Suspension watch

Midfielders Carlos Carmona and Matias Fernandez each earned a yellow card in Chile's previous match. If either one receives another against Switzerland, he will be suspended for his country's final game of the group stage.

Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, defenders Stephane Grichting and Reto Ziegler, and midfielder Hakin Yakin are in a similar situation for Switzerland.

Player to watch for Chile

Rodrigo Tello — The speedy Besikitas midfielder is always a threat with the ball at his feet because the 30-year-old is deadly accurate from long range, as Manchester United can attest after he scored the winner against them in a 2009-10 Champions League group match.

Player to watch for Switzerland

Tranquillo Barnetta — The 25-year-old Bayer Leverkusen attacker is equally comfortable in midfield or on the wing, where he uses his blazing pace and passing skills to cause problems for defence.

Key matchup

Alexis Sanchez vs. Stephane Grichting — The Swiss centre back was phenomenal in stemming the Spanish tide, and with another attacking side in Chile in the cards, Grichting will need to keep a close eye on Sanchez if Switzerland is to keep its long World Cup shutout streak going.

Chilean perspective

"This team is not going to change the way it plays very much. We know we've got to close down space because Switzerland beat Spain despite having very little of the ball." — Midfielder Rodrigo Millar

Swiss perspective

"We know we did something big [in beating Spain] and we are proud for the country but now we have to concentrate against Chile because it will be another hard game." — defender Reto Ziegler

World Cup head-to-head

  • Games played: 1
  • Chile: 1 win, 0 losses, 0 draws
  • Switzerland: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws
  • Goals: Chile 3, Switzerland 1
  • Last match: Hosts Chile showed it was going to use the home support to full advantage during its first match of the 1962 World Cup, answering a Rolf Wuethrich goal in the sixth minute with three of its own from Leonel Sanchez on either side of halftime and Jaime Ramirez in the 55th minute for a 3-1 victory, paving their way to the knockout round.

All-time head-to-head

  • Games played: 3
  • Chile: 1 win, 2 losses, 0 draws
  • Switzerland: 2 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws
  • Goals: Chile 6, Switzerland 6
  • Last match: Switzerland defeated Chile 2-1 in a friendly on Sept. 7, 2007, in Vienna.