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World Cup match-day 6: Garth Crooks' team of the day

Garth Crooks
By Garth Crooks
BBC football reporter in Johannesburg

We saw the World Cup come to life when much-fancied Spain, the European champions, slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat by Switzerland but then saw hosts South Africa get outclassed by Uruguay to leave their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 hanging by a thread.

Here's my 2010 World Cup finals team of the day from Wednesday 16 June:

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Diego Benaglio


Benaglio made crucial saves for the Swiss in the upset of the tournament so far as Spain were left frustrated despite having two-dozen shots at goal.

Jorge Fucile


The Porto man was tough and ruthless. He didn't show an ounce of sentiment towards the host nation.

Stephane Grichting


The Auxerre central defender held the line and organised his defence brilliantly as Spain tried to put Ottmar Hitzfeld's side under pressure.

Diego Godin


The Villarreal defender just did enough against a lacklustre Bafana Bafana who now face a huge task to qualify for the knockout phase.

Stephan Lichtsteiner


Lichtsteiner was exceptional throughout. Two fantastic tackles on Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres in the final minutes preserved Switzerland's slender lead.

Alexis Sanchez


Most things went through him as he helped steered Chile to a deserved victory. Looks like a player who could make a big impression on this tournament.

Gokhan Inler


A captain's performance if ever I saw one. The Udinese midfield man was also extremely cool under pressure despite being up against Spain's classy midfield.

Matias Fernandez


Worked very hard and scored the crucial goal that mattered for Chile against a fairly limited Honduras side.

Diego Forlan


Broke South African hearts by scoring twice and making Uruguay's third. He's maturing into a top-class player now.

Jean Beausejour


The Mexico-based striker played his part and got the vital goal.

Blaise Nkufo


Played up front on his own and it was his strength and power which gave Spanish defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol nightmares as the Swiss pulled off a real surprise.

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