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"We're very happy, and we have to enjoy this triumph," Chile forward Alexis Sanchez said. "But we have to move ahead and win the game against our next rival."
Chile had several chances to double its lead, including in the 64th when defender Waldo Ponce's close-range header was saved by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Honduras, however, found it difficult to break through the well-organized Chilean defense.
"It's a fair result," Honduras defender Sergio Mendoza said. "We didn't have a clear chance at goal. We knew we could lose this match, but qualifying out of the group is not impossible."
Before the Spain-Switzerland match in Durban, stewards joined community activists in a peaceful protest of about 800 people outside City Hall to protest the World Cup, which they say has directed public funds away from providing housing and jobs.
Protesters held placards that said "Apartheid Still Exists" and "World Cup for All! People Before Profit."
Stewards at five of the 10 World Cup venues have been replaced by police because of a wage dispute, and FIFA and the local organizers went on the defensive about security issues.
"We have nothing further to say about the security issue, please call the police," local World Cup organizing committee spokesman Rich Mkhondo said. "They are able to answer all security-related matters. All. Not me."
Besides Durban, police have also taken over at both venues in Johannesburg and in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Also, two Dutch women were released on bail after facing charges that they broke a law covering ambush marketing by wearing minidresses promoting a brewery at a World Cup match.
The women are being prosecuted under the Contravention of Merchandise Marks Act, which prevents companies benefiting from an event without paying for advertising.
South African police also raided the premises of a known group of Argentine hooligans and said they will detain 17 of them.
Police said they have been monitoring the "barras bravas" group and observed some of them trying to get into two World Cup matches without tickets.
"They have also behaved in a disorderly fashion on a number of occasions, roughing other fans up and generally causing trouble," police said.
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