Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador


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Group E started with a bang as Switzerland stole the points off a spirited Ecuador side.

Switzerland won the game in hugely dramatic circumstances. 45 seconds before the end Michael Arroyo had the goal at his mercy after being set up by Antonio Valencia but Valon Behrami came in with a last ditch challenge to save the Swiss.

They broke away with pace, Behrami moving it right and then Ricardo Rodriguez was set free on the left as Valencia’s offensive run had left space to be exploited, Rodriguez provided a low cross and Haris Seferovic swept home the winner first time.

Ecuador took the lead though in a first half of few clear-cut chances. Walter Ayovi’s flighted free-kick was headed home by Enner Valencia 22 minutes in.

Switzerland were unhappy that Ayovi decided to take his set piece outside the quadrant provided by the vanishing spray but referee Ravshan Irmatov allowed the goal.

Admir Mehmedi was introduced to the fold as a half time substitute and the super sub headed the Swiss level three minutes after coming on.

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka wasn’t far away in the first half with a low strike that dipped and swerved but Maximo Banguera was equal to it and palmed it away for a corner.

Unsurprisingly, Xherden Shaqiri was the spearhead to any Switzerland danger but was largely wasteful throughout.

During the first half he had an effort from twenty yards that went straight into the ‘keeper’s arms and in the second he attempted a shot at goal from an impossible angle when a cross across goal would have been a better option.

Ecuador had opportunities to win the game themselves, most notable when Enner Valencia beat an onrushing Swiss stopper but Steve von Bergen was on hand to smash clear before Valencia could tuck away the winner.

Ayovi troubled Switzerland with another free-kick late on that moved considerably in the air but Diego Benaglio kept it out well.

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