In dramatic fashion, Switzerland beat Ecuador 2-1 Sunday with an injury time winner by Sefereovic to win three points against Ecuador in an exciting match dominated by set-pieces and great defending on both sides.
Switzerland took the lead in the 92nd minute with a fast offensive break, exiting victorious in what was almost the first draw of the 2014 World Cup.
Ecuador had an early corner kick and dominated offensively for the first five minutes, mostly keeping control of the pace and limiting Switzerland’s chances at the goal. Eventually game play calmed down and Switzerland took a couple long shots on goal and defended well until the 21st minute.
Stephan Lichtsteiner fouled near the box and led to Ecuador receiving a free kick, and cross from Walter Ayovi was headed into the goal by Enner Valencia. The remainder of the first half was mostly made up of free kicks and shots on goal but Switzerland did not score until the 48th minute of the second half.
Admir Mehmedi headed the ball in for Switzerland on a perfectly placed corner kick from Ricardo Rodriguez. The game became more physical and two yellow cards were handed out, one to Juan Carlos Paredes for pulling on a jersey and the other to Johan Djourou for tripping in a player in midfield.
The game seemed likely to end in a tie until a minute remained in extra time when Switzerland cleared the ball from their own box and charged at Ecuador’s goal, Haris Seferovic scored with only a few seconds remaining.
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