Switzerland vs Ecuador match report
Posted: 15 June 2014 Time: 20:10
Switzerland scored with the final kick off the game to beat Ecuador 2-1 at Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasília.
The South Americans had taken a first-half lead through Enner Valencia, but two substitutes – Admir Mehmedi and Haris Seferovic – came to the rescue for the Swiss.
Switzerland had dominated most of the game, but Ecuador were not without their chances and scored with their first real effort in the 22 minute.
Enner Valencia was left completely unmarked in the area to head home Walter Ayovi’s free-kick from the left.
At this stage the Swiss were resorting to either long-range shots from the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Ricardo Rodriguez, or crosses from the right from the hard-working Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Valon Behrami had a header from a corner-kick saved just before the break, before Diego Benaglio tipped Gokhan Inler’s rasping drive around the post.
Enner Valencia shot inches wide just past the hour-mark in a rare attack for the South Americans, while Jefferson Montero saw Benaglio save his effort with his legs soon afterwards.
The Swiss wasted a great chance to take the lead on 73 minutes when Shaqiri opted to shoot – hitting the side-netting – when two teammates were unmarked in the area, before Benaglio did excellently to adjust his body and save after Michael Arroyo’s free-kick deflected off the wall.
Then the moment of the match in the 93rd minute: Antonio Valencia, anonymous for most of the match, made a rare foray upfield and squared to a teammate.
Behrami made an excellent last-ditch tackle to win the ball off Arroyo, before launching a counter-attack which saw Rodriques get the ball on the left and square to Seferovic, who buried into the top corner.