Spain vs. Switzerland
* TIME: 1:30 p.m. PDT
* TV: ESPN, Univision
* KEY MATCHUPS: This is a battle of teams that mirror each other. Both bland, both defensive minded, neither with much chance of showing up at the Rose Bowl in the third week of July. The Swiss have advanced as far as the quarterfinals once in six World Cup appearances; the Spaniards have survived this second round twice in eight appearances. In three first-round games, Switzerland outscored its opponents, 5-4. Spain outscored it opponents, 6-4. Each team took 50 shots. Switzerland gave up 24 shots, Spain 25.
The game will be decided in the matchup of midfielders. Spaniards Juan Antonio Goikoetxea and Josep Guardiola have combined for three goals and one assist. They will be pitted against Georges Bregy and Alain Sutter, Swiss midfielders who have also combined for three goals. The most important midfielder, however, could be the one who doesn't play. Spaniard Jose Luis Caminero, who scored twice in a five-minute span against Bolivia, picked up his second yellow card of the first round in the final minutes of a victory and will sit out this game. The Swiss' two top forwards, Adrian Knup and Stephane Chapuisat, could be in for a beating. Spanish defenders Albert Ferrer and Abelardo Fernandez have teamed for 17 personal fouls, more than Switzerland's entire defense combined. This game also marks the return of a third powerful Spanish defender, captain Miguel Angel Nadal, who sat out the last two games because of a red-card violation in the opener.