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World Cup: Honduras vs. Switzerland, 0-0

June 25, 2010 |  2:20 pm

Honduras held Switzerland to a 0-0 draw in Group H of the World Cup on Friday, a result that knocked both teams out of the tournament.

The Swiss could have locked up a spot in the second round with a two-goal win over Honduras. But Switzerland played with little urgency or creative flair until late in the match, and it couldn't turn its domination of possession into quality scoring opportunities.

Honduras almost stole a win in the 71st minute, but goalkeeper Diego Benaglio denied a wide-open Edgar Alvarez with a brilliant one-handed save.

The draw ended a Swiss run in South Africa that started with a 1-0 upset win over European champion Spain. But Switzerland then lost 1-0 to Chile, and couldn't muster a goal against winless Honduras to finish with four points. Spain and Chile had six.

Switzerland earlier set a World Cup record for consecutive scoreless minutes before Chile beat it.

The Swiss came close in the 17th minute when Tranquillo Barnetta's cross from the left found Eren Derdiyok at the back post, but Derdiyok headed just wide.

Striker Blaise Nkufo then had two chances just before the half. In the 43rd minute, a cross from Derdiyok found Nkufo, but the striker could only tamely chest the ball across the goalmouth. A minute later, Nkufo headed a free kick wide.

After a tight first half, the game opened up in the second with both teams facing elimination. Needing to score, Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld brought on Hakan Yakin at the break and striker Alex Frei in the 69th to liven up the Swiss attack.

But the Hondurans had the better chances, in great part because the Swiss were pushing forward.

--Associated Press

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