Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is adamant his side can test Spain in their FIFA World Cup™ Group H opener on Wednesday - even though they lost to Luxembourg in the qualifying campaign.

Hitzfeld was pleased with the way his players kicked on after that surprise defeat in September 2008, and reckons they could "annoy" Vicente Del Bosque's side in Durban.

He said: "Spain are the European champions and had a great qualifying campaign. Everyone says they will win.

"So this is where we might get our opportunity. Little Switzerland could annoy the favourites. We will give everything and try to create a surprise."

Hitzfeld added: "It was good the defeat by Luxembourg came at the beginning of the qualifiers because then you can react to it and we gave a positive reaction."