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World Cup Day 6 Match Thread

Two Villarreal players in action on the same day? Impossible. Today's matches involve Groups H (my favorite, as I like all four teams) and A (the most balanced):

The day begins early in the morning with the high-scoring men from Chile going against the Central American side Honduras. It will be great to see former Villarreal semi-star and crowd favorite Matias Fernandez at the heart of the Chilean side, a team that loves to score. It could be one of the few high-scoring matches of the first round of the Group Stage.

Honduras 0-1 Chile: Should be a spectacle. Both sides are accustomed to altitude, so expect 90 minutes of lung-busting running. I think Chile has too much firepower, but Los Catrachos should earn some fans in their first World Cup match in 28 years.

We then get to see Joan Capdevila sport the Spanish colors as he supports the European champions. Spain should be able to handle Switzerland pretty easily, if they are the team we think they are. It will be a shame not to see the likes of Cazorla, Senna, and Diego Lopez, even were they to sit on the bench for the match, but that is how things go sometimes. If Spain is going to have a chance at winning the tournament, it needs to start off on the right foot tomorrow.

Spain 0-1 Switzerland: Joan Capdevila and company will take their bow in the last debut match. I hope they didn't watch the other games too closely and forget how to play football. Fun fact from Germany 2006: the Swiss were the first team ever to be eliminated without conceding a goal, losing on penalties to Ukraine in the last 16.

Then we get back into Group A. South Africa take the field again in front of their home fans. The big point of interest in the match for me will be to see if Uruguay changes their approach. In the first match against France, it was the Diego Godin show as he led a lockjawed defense that had clamped down on France's main weapons. Uruguay has some real goalscorers up front, though, and this could be the match to use them. If they want to advance, it won't get easier when they have to go up against Mexico next week.

South Africa 0-3 Uruguay: The second set of games begins with Diego Godin and company against the host nation. A huge match for both sides, and I expect a great atmosphere of tens of thousands of vuvuzelas. May the best team win.