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Switzerland

Ecuador

Sun - Jun 15 12:00 pm

Stadium

CityBrasilia
StadiumEstádio Nacional

Lineups

Lineups
Diego Benaglio
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Johan Djourou
Steve von Bergen
Ricardo Rodríguez
Gökhan Inler (c)
Valon Behrami
Xherdan Shaqiri
Granit Xhaka
Valentin Stocker
Josip Drmić
Alexander Domínguez
Walter Ayoví
Jorge Guagua
Juan Carlos Paredes
Frickson Erazo
Antonio Valencia
Christian Noboa
Jefferson Montero
Carlos Gruezo
Felipe Caicedo
Enner Valencia

Report

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.

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