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Spain vs. Switzerland: Mighty Spanish fall in World Cup’s first upset

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(Read caption) Spain's Pedro Rodriguez jumps past Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner during the World Cup Spain vs. Switzerland soccer match June 16 at the stadium in Durban, South Africa. After the Swiss scored and the Spaniards fought valiantly to equalize, but their barrage on the Swiss goal came to nothing.

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Spain came into this match as co-favorites with Brazil to win the World Cup. They came out with fresh concern about advancing to the second round.

It wasn't supposed to be this way.

Nevermind their history as world-class chokers. This is their Cup to lose.

A third of the world’s top 15 players (at least according to ESPN’s list) are on the Spanish team. They manhandled their opponents in the qualifying matches. They were on a 12-game winning streak.

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Switzerland? The Swiss skated through the qualifiers thanks to a group that contained Latvia, Israel, Luxembourg, and Moldova. The toughest competition came from Greece, a team that gave one of the poorest performances in this World Cup so far when South Korea spanked them 2-0 on Saturday.


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