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Chile Defeats 10-Man Switzerland 1-0 in World Cup Group H Game

Chile beat 10-man Switzerland 1-0 for its second straight win in Group H at the World Cup.

Mark Gonzalez, a halftime substitute, headed in Esteban Paredes’s cross for the winning goal after 75 minutes in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Swiss had midfielder Valon Behrami red-carded in the first half.

Chile is a step nearer advancing to the first knockout stage, while Switzerland still has hopes of doing so after it upset Spain 1-0 last week.

Behrami was ejected in the 31st minute for lashing out at Arturo Vidal with his hand as they tussled for the ball.

Earlier, Gonzalez had a goal ruled offside after his 20- yard shot took a deflection while three teammates were in offside positions. Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio came off his goal-line to save from Alexis Sanchez in the 55th minute.

Although Chile had most of the chances, Swiss substitute Eren Derdiyok shot wide from eight yards with just the goalkeeper to beat in stoppage time.

Earlier, Portugal beat North Korea 7-0 in Group G. Spain faces Honduras later in today’s other game.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net

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