Steve von Bergen
Gökhan Inler (c)
Juan Carlos Paredes
Switzerland used a dramatic stoppage time goal by Haris Seferovic to defeat Ecuador in its World Cup opening match.
The Swiss controlled the ball early, easily countering Ecuador's scattered defensive efforts to put a bevy of shots on goal in the early going. But it was Ecuador that struck first, with a header by Enner Valencia off of a perfectly placed free-kick crossing pass.
Ecuador's explosive play off the wings gave the Swiss defenders fits and led to a barrage of dangerous counter-attacks through most of the match.
Nonetheless, the Swiss continued to draw fouls and earn corner kicks. In the 47th minute, they turned a corner kick into a goal from Admir Mehmedi, who found himself unchecked in front of the net with Ecuadorian goalkeeper Maximo Banguera trailing on the far side.
After that, the game became frantic, with both defenses broken by a series of creative, but ultimately fruitless offensive attacks.
In stoppage time, Ecuador seemed to have a chance for a deciding goal, but turned the ball over in front of the Swiss net. The Swiss countered without hesitation, finding nothing but open field and out-of-position defenders.
With 20 seconds to play, Seferovic scored the game-winner.