Switzerland come from behind to secure all three points against Ecuador.

Date: June 15, 2014

Result: Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador

Scorers:

Switzerland:

  • Admir Mehmedi 48
  • Haris Seferovic 93

Ecuador:

  • Enner Valencia 22

Venue: Estadio Nacional, Brasilia,

Attendance: 68,351

 

Match overview: This is the first time Switzerland and Ecuador have met each other in an international match, competitive or otherwise.

Key moment: Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld introduced Admir Mehmedi immediately after the break and within three minutes he had headed his team level. A word of praise too for the referee,  Ravshan Irmatov, who could have blown for a free-kick in the build up to the winning goal, but allowed play to continue.

Man of the match: Ricardo Rodriguez. Provided the crosses for both Switzerland goals – the first in particular was a pass of pinpoint accuracy.

Matter of fact: Valencia’s header from a Walter Ayovi free-kick was his fifth goal in successive games for his country. It was all to no avail, though, as Switzerland recorded their first ever win at the World Cup against South American opposition.

Talking point: Switzerland look set fair after this win. Logically, the winner of this match should accompany France into the knockout stages.

 

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • Switzerland 18
  • Ecuador 10

On target

  • Switzerland 12
  • Ecuador 6

Corners

  • Switzerland 8
  • Ecuador 5

 

Line-ups:

Switzerland:

  • 01 Benaglio
  • 02 Lichtsteiner
  • 13 Rodriguez
  • 08 Inler
  • 20 Djourou
  • 05 Von Bergen
  • 23 Shaqiri
  • 11 Behrami
  • 19 Drmic (Seferovic – 75′ )
  • 10 Xhaka
  • 14 Stocker (Mehmedi – 45′ )

 

Ecuador:

  • 22 Domínguez
  • 04 Paredes
  • 10 Ayoví
  • 23 Gruezo
  • 02 Guagua
  • 03 Erazo
  • 16 A Valencia
  • 06 Noboa
  • 13 E Valencia
  • 11 Caicedo (Arroyo – 70′ )
  • 07 Montero (Rojas – 77′ )

 

Scorers:

Switzerland:

  • Admir Mehmedi 48
  • Haris Seferovic 93

Ecuador:

  • Enner Valencia 22

Yellow cards:

Switzerland:

  • Djourou 84

Ecuador:

  • Paredes 53

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)