After Humberto Suazo struggled to make an impression in the Chilean attack, Sanchez came to his team's rescue. Late in the first half, he threatened after brilliantly taking down a cross, but the effort that followed was saved. In the second half, Sanchez played in a more direct role, forcing another save and several timely challenges from the Swiss defenders. Not wavered by his lack of success, the Udinese man got the last laugh after beating the offside trap, rounding Benaglio, and crossing for Mark Gonzalez, who nodded in the game's only goal.
Goal.com Fans' Turkish Airlines Top of the Match: Jorge Valdivia (Chile)
Coming off the bench as a second-half substitute for Suazo, Valdivia added some much-needed creativity to the center of the Chilean attack. The Al-Ain attacking midfielder linked well between the flanks, and provided all the clever touches to release his team-mates past the Swiss defense. His dagger-like through ball to Sanchez was perfectly timed, and set up the only goal of the match. Having impressed today, Valdivia is a likely candidate for a starting role against Spain.
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