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The Cup Running Over


June 25, 2010 4:17 PM

Group H in Review

WINNER: Spain (6 points)

RUNNER UP: Chile (6 points)

TURNING POINT: On the final day, Chile's keeper went out too far to clear and Spain's David Villa hit an open net from 40 yards to give Spain the lead in the group and the game. A close second goes to Chile's Rodrigo Millar, a halftime substitute in that same match, who scored for 10-man Chile two minutes later to clinch the second spot.

BEST MATCH: Spain-Switzerland was a thriller in the opening match and an eye-opener, too, as Spain looked vulnerable, losing 1-0.

WORST MATCH: You'd think that with qualification at stake that Switzerland would put its foot to the pedal in its final match against Honduras. And maybe it did but the result was still 90 minutes of boredom and 0-0.

PLAYER OF THE GROUP: David Villa scored three goals for Spain and was one of the only members of its vaunted offense that lived up to his billing in the team's first three games.

BIGGEST NO-SHOW: The Swiss -- on top of the world after their triumph in the first match -- never scored again in the their last two matches and went home.

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