Switzerland beat Ecuador by 2-1 in extra time


A goal in extra time saw Switzerland beat Ecuador 2-1 in their opening World Cup game in Group E.

Just as the first draw of the tournament looked likely, Real Sociedad striker, Haris Seferovic came through for Switzerland with a 93rd minute winner.

Enner Valencia gave Ecuador a first-half lead (22nd min) before Admir Mehmedi leveled the game just after the break (48th min).

The game at Brasilia’s Mané Garrincha stadium looked to be heading for a draw, but Seferovic, who had come off the bench in the 75th minute had other ideas and dealt a hammer blow to Ecuador just as the match referee was getting ready to blow his whistle for full time.

Until that moment, Ecuador had played with more abandon. The team coached by Reinaldo Rueda plays good, fast and enjoyable football, although they lack a certain tactical awareness.

Switzerland are more methodical, and they imposed veteran German manager, Ottmar Hitzfeld’s tactics. They packed out the midfield and looked to attack the Ecuadorian area en masse, but with little creativity.

The Swiss surprised Spain – who went on to lift the title – in their opening game at South Africa 2010. They also kicked off their World Cup campaign in Brazil with a win. They now have to play Honduras and France for a place in the next round.