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Spain will face Chile in its final group match, and will likely need to win convincingly in order to avoid facing Brazil in the round of 16.
"If we beat Chile we're practically group winners, so we're happy," Villa said. "The good thing is that this result means we depend on ourselves."
The 2008 European champion will have its hands full with the Chileans, one of five South American teams that have dominated the early going. South America has eight wins and two draws thus far.
In Port Elizabeth, substitute Mark Gonzalez scored the only goal in the 75th, heading in a pass from Esteban Paredes to break Switzerland's record streak of stinginess. Switzerland set a World Cup mark in the 69th minute by going 551 minutes without allowing a goal, breaking the record of 550 held by Italy at the 1986 and 1990 tournaments. The last goal the Swiss allowed came on July 2, 1994 when they were eliminated 3-0 by Spain in the second round. Aitor Begiristain scored on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
"We had some good luck near the end when we got the goal," Gonzalez said. "We just kept trying our best, trying hard, and we got the goal. This was a great moment for me and for our team."
Switzerland played most of the match with 10 men because midfielder Valon Behrami was red-carded for a violent foul.
"For me, it was just an unbelievable decision," Behrami said. "There was small contact with my hands on his neck, and he went down like (he was hit with) an elbow. Everyone can make a mistake, but this mistake was very, very big for me because it's a dream to play in a World Cup."
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