It was an invigorating Group E opener in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Ecuador met Switzerland for the 9th match of the tournament. When the national anthems were being played one could easily observe that the neutral crowd was majorly supporting Ecuador but, there was substantial Swiss support as well.
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The game started out well with both the teams playing aggressive football. The Swiss had the majority of possession with the Ecuadorians attacking down the flanks with their captain Antonio Valencia in full form. The Ecuadorians were first to score in what turned out to be a great match. E. Valencia headed the ball into the goal at point blank range when his teammate hit a spot kick from near the corner flag. The Swiss kept the pressure going and came close to scoring a few times, but couldn’t succeed. At the end of the first half Ecuador were on top with their strong defence against the structured attack of the Switzerland football team.
In the second half, Hitzfeld the Swiss Manager made a change and brought in striker Admir Mehmedi for winger Valentin Stocker. The substitution paid off instantly with Mehmedi scoring nearly two minutes after half time. This game got more exciting thereafter with Ecuador playing their skins out, striving to counter attack. It was a tight match with some quality football at display. Josip Drmić had a scrappy goal chalked off, somewhat-dubiously for offside, shortly before Shaqiri shot the ball into Domínguez’s side-netting. Ecuador retorted with a free-kick from Michael Arroyo that wriggled through the wall, but an outstanding save from Diego Benaglio kept the scores levelled.
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It was not quite the move of the match, as another of Hitzfeld’s substitutes, Haris Seferović, came in stoppage time to win the game for La Nati. They cut through the opposition team’s defence and scored a goal with only seconds left.
It was an emphatic win for the Swiss and certainly a confidence booster for the next matches to come. Unexpectedly, this match turned out to be the best of the World Cup so far, with both teams playing full-throttle.
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