Last-gasp Swiss beat Ecuador
Cape Town - Haris Seferovic has scored in the last minute of injury time to grab
Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 win over Ecuador in their Group E game at the
World Cup finals in Brasilia on Sunday.
Haris Seferovic (AFP)
As it happened: Switzerland v Ecuador
Seferovic's winner capped
a remarkable comeback by the top seeds in the group as fellow
substitute Admer Mehmidi had taken just 121 seconds to make his mark as
he levelled the game in the 48th minute.
Enner Valencia had given
Ecuador the lead midway through the first-half as he scored for the
fifth successive game for his country.
Victory was Switzerland's
first over South American opposition in the World Cup finals having lost
their previous four and the win had even veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
jumping up and down for joy in what is his farewell tournament.
had started the brightest and it was little surprise when they went
ahead in the 22nd minute as former captain Walter Ayovi whipped in a
superb freekick from the left and the unmarked Enner Valencia rose to
send his header past Diego Benaglio and into the net.
were finding it hard to settle and it took them almost half an hour to
conjure up their first chance as Valentin Stocker beat his marker to a
corner but his header went just wide.
That seemed to give them
some confidence and 10 minutes before half-time captain Goekhan Inler
worked some space and unleashed a vicious low shot that Ecuador
goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez did well to get down to and turn away for
However, Dominguez was all at sea for the Swiss
equaliser losing himself behind two defenders as the corner came in from
Ricardo Rodriguez and Mehmedi, who scored 13 goals for Freiburg in the
Bundesliga last season, rose above Carlos Gruezo to head home for his
second goal for his country.
The lively Enner Valencia then
produced a lovely piece of skill and unleashed a fine effort from
outside the box which went narrowly wide of the Swiss goal.
equally impressive Jefferson Montero then tore into the right flank of
the Swiss defence and created a good opportunity for himself which
Benaglio got down to turn away for a corner.
The Swiss countered
and thought they had taken the lead when Josip Drmic, who Hitzfeld had
preferred to Seferovic, put the ball into the net after a neatly worked
move but it was ruled out for offside.
Both teams were not content
to settle for a draw even as the match entered time added on and it was
Ecuador who looked like they had grabbed the three points when Michael
Arroyo was shaping up to shoot inside the area only for a superb tackle
by Valon Behrami to dispossess him.
Behrami showing the
hard-headed experience of a man appearing in his third World Cup finals,
then pushed forward and although he was subject to a crunching tackle
in the middle of the pitch the referee played a brilliant advantage in
waving play on.
The ball was worked out to the left flank and when
it was whipped in Seferovic was on hand to tuck the ball inside the
near post and send the Swiss contingent wild.
Total shots: 18
Shots on target: 12
Fouls committed: 9
Yellow cards: 1
Red cards: 0
Total shots: 10
Shots on target: 6
Fouls committed: 15
Yellow cards: 1
Red cards: 0