JOHANNESBURG (AFP) Spain become the last World Cup giant to flex their muscles when they face modest Switzerland in Durban on Wednesday after Chile edged Honduras 1-0 in the opening Group H match. Bookmakers favourites to lift a trophy that symbolises international football supremacy, the 'Red Fury have never won the tournament which is staged every four years. Manager Vicente Del Bosque and his galaxy of stars have already learnt a valuable lesson after failing to win the dress-rehearsal Confederations Cup last June in South Africa despite being the team to beat. The Spaniards came unstuck against a workmanlike United States team on a freezing Bloemfontein night and had to settle for third place behind winners Brazil and the Americans. Drawn with the Swiss, Honduras and Chile in the first round, Spain are hot favourites to advance as table toppers, leaving the other countries to scrap for the second ticket to the knockout stage. And it is not difficult to see why the Spanish armada is expected to sail smoothly to a second round clash with the Group G runners-up, probably Ivory Coast or Portugal. Place goalkeeper Iker Casillas, midfield maestros Xavi and Andres Iniesta and deadly marksmen Fernando Torres and David Villa in the same team and there is a potent mix. We are hungry for the title and to show we are the best, stressed Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas who struggles to make the Spanish starting line-up such is the embarrassment of riches. Chile ended a 48-year wait for a World Cup victory thanks to a first-half goal from Jean Beausejour, who finished off a low Mauricio Isla cross after slick passing created space on the right flank in Nelspruit. 'Red One supporters had suffered a 13-match winless streak spanning four tournaments since defeating Yugoslavia to finish third as 1962 hosts behind Brazil and Czechoslovakia. Appearing at the tournament for only the second time, Honduras were on the back foot for most of the match and the introduction of George Welcome for 101-cap veteran striker Carlos Pavon could not deliver an equaliser. A South African team urged on by an expectant nation believe victory over Uruguay in Pretoria will virtually clinch a place in the second round and lower the blood pressure of Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. Given no chance six months ago of surviving the first-round cull, Bafana Bafana (The Boys) held Mexico 1-1 last Friday after a 12-match unbeaten run ahead of the first World Cup staged by Africa. North Korea scored their first goal at a World Cup for 44 years Tuesday but lost 2-1 to five-time winners Brazil after a spirited performance at chilly Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Cheered on by 50 red-clad supporters who arrived in South Africa the same day, the Koreans held out until Maicon scored from a tight angle on 55 minutes and Elano doubled the lead. But just as the North Koreans appeared tired, defender Ji Yun Nam burst into the Brazilian penalty area and blasted the ball past goalkeeper Julio Cesar from European club champions Inter Milan. Ivory Coast superstar Didier Drogba, who broke his arm in a warm-up match, came on as a substitute with the protection of a cast, prompting accusations from Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz that he was given special FIFA treatment. You have players who cannot wear a string bracelet or plaster, yet here is a player who has fractured his arm and who could put our players at risk with his cast, the former Manchester United assistant manager said. Drogba is an African superstar and we want to know if all the rules will be the same for everyone as he was allowed to play with a cast. Perhaps the rules will be changed. The high-profile Group G clash ended goalless before a capacity Port Elizabeth crowd with scoring chances scarce despite the presence of superstar and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo. New Zealand defender Winston Reid atoned for a mistake which led to Slovakia taking an early second-half lead when he headed the equaliser three minutes into stoppage-time at Rustenburg for a 1-1 Group F draw. Reid, who played for Denmark at under-age level before switching allegiance to the country where he was raised, failed to cut off a Stanislav Sestak cross five minutes into the second half and Robert Vittek headed home. Slovakia were making their World Cup debut while it was the first point for the New Zealanders following heavy losses to Scotland, the Soviet Union and Brazil in a previous appearance 28 years ago. Meanwhile, North Korea are talking up their chances of making an impact in the competitive Group G after fraying Brazils nerves before going down fighting 2-1 in their World Cup opener. The players from the pariah north Asian communist state went blow for blow with the five-time world champions and it took 55 minutes for their resolute red wall of defence to be breached by the worlds number one team on Tuesday. Although Brazil seized the momentum after Maicons wonder strike and Elano netted in the 72nd minute, the never-say-die North Koreans were rewarded with their first goal at a World Cup in 44 years. Midfielder Ji Yun-Nam prompted his poker-faced coach Kim Jong-Hun to leap about in excitement as he beat Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar in the 89th minute in a show of his teams defiance. The fact that my players scored a goal against a strong team like Brazil gives me a lot of pleasure, Kim said. We didnt win but we gained valuable experience. Were going to be more confident, we want to win our remaining games and get through to the knockout stage. Ji now holds the distinction of scoring North Koreas first goal at a World Cup after more than four decades for the reclusive nation, who last played at the global tournament in England in 1966. Im very happy to have scored our countrys first goal in this World Cup, Ji said. Brazil are the best team in the world and they are big favourites for the trophy. We played well in the first half, we defended really well and didnt let Brazil create any chances. But in the second half we had two lapses in concentration and they scored their two goals one after the other. The teams star Japanese-based striker Jong Tae-Se was in demand after the game by the worlds media and had to be ushered away by FIFA staff to the waiting team bus. I made a few chances and I almost scored. I was disappointed that I didnt take one of those chances, said Jong, who is one of three players in the North Korean squad who plays outside of his country.But Im going to try to improve for the next game and score my first goal." Portugal are a top-class team, like Brazil, and it is going to be very hard but were going to keep trying to make progress. North Korea get their chance to cause a boilover against the other Group G hotshots, Portugal in Cape Town on Monday and Ivory Coast in Nelspruit four days later.