An injury time goal from Haris Seferovic has given Switzerland a crucial 2014 World Cup victory against Ecuador at Brasilia this morning.
Switzerland made a slow start to their 2014 World Cup campaign and it was Ecuador who dominated territory in the early stages of the clash and the South American side created a number of early chances before taking a 1-0 lead with a classy Enner Valencia header from a Walter Ayovi freekick.
Valencia’s goal appeared to stun Switzerland into action and they took control of the game at the end of the first half, dominating possession, and Swizz captain Goekhan Inler was denied an equalizer by a fantastic save from Alexander Dominguez.
The Swiss went into halftime trailing by a goal, but it did not take them long to get back onto level terms in the second half, with substitute Admer Mehmidi capitalizing on a Ricardo Rodriquez corner after spending just over two minutes on the pitch.
Ecuador were almost able to respond immediately, but Valencia’s strike was denied by the Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and in the following 20 minutes it was the Swiss who looked the most likely to walk away with the three points.
Switzerland looked like they had put themselves in the box seat to take the three points when Josip Drmic beat Dominguez, but the assistant referee correctly ruled that Drmic had received the ball in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.
Both teams were keen to start the tournament with a victory and neither was happy to settle for a draw, and they continued to push forward in the final ten minutes of the contest.
Ecuador’s Michael Arroyo had was excellent opportunity to be the hero for his side in the 90th minute, but he was denied by a brilliant tackle from Valon Behrami and Switzerland took the opportunity to counter attack.
Switzerland played advantage through the middle of the pitch before switching the ball to the left side of the pitch where a cross was whipping in for Seferovic who did not waste the opportunity to be the hero for his nation.
Ecuador will face Honduras in what looms as a much win match in Curitiba on June 20, while Switzerland will face European rivals France in Salvador on the same day.
The win was Switzerland’s first against a South American side at a World Cup and the second World Cup in a row where they have started their campaign with a victory.