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World Cup 2010: Del Bosque defends Spain tactics

Gelson Fernandes

Highlights - Spain 0-1 Switzerland

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said his side will not change their attacking style despite a shock 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in World Cup Group H.

The European champions were pre-tournament favourites to win the World Cup but Gelson Fernandes' goal handed the Swiss a win in their opening game.

"We have arrived up to here playing a certain way and we will not lose our identity," said Del Bosque.

Spain's next opponents, Honduras, were beaten 1-0 by Chile on Wednesday.

Del Bosque's side dominated possession against the Swiss, with midfielder Xabi Alonso hitting the crossbar.

Switzerland v Spain

Switzerland threaten to double lead

But after failing to find the critical breakthrough, Fernandes capitalised on a poor piece of goalkeeping from Iker Casillas to bundle home and subject Spain to only their second defeat in 49 games.

And Del Bosque said his side must "find a way" to win their two remaining group games.

"Today wasn't our day," added the former Real Madrid boss . "We have two games ahead of us. We have to find a way to win them."

"We tried in an orthodox way and in an heroic way but we were not able to score."

But while the Spain boss saluted Switzerland's defensive display he insisted his side had deserved victory in Durban.

"They played a defensive game and tried to take advantage of any counter-attack and dead-ball situation," Del Bosque lamented.

"I feel it's an excessive prize for them considering the football they displayed.

"They did play well in defence. We came for the win and this time it has escaped us.

"We tried to find solutions on our wings, putting on another striker in Fernando Torres.

"It's not a good sign we send to our rivals. But we have to hit back and try to win our next two group games.

"In football you can always lose but I feel a sense of avenging this defeat."

Gelson Fernandes scores for Switzerland

Fernandes goal stuns Spain



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