Last-Gasp Winner For Switzerland

SwitzerlandSwitzerland secured a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecuador in the latest turnaround of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, with Haris Seferovic scoring in stoppage-time after Enner Valen-cia and Admir Meh-medi looked to have secured a point for both sides.

It was a cagey start from the Group E sides, but the Swiss began the brighter with quick feet from Xherdan Shaqiri allowing him the space to test Alexander Dominguez.

Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side were made to pay for sloppy defending soon after, though. Stephan Lichtsteiner felled Jefferson Montero on the left flank. From Walter Ayovi’s resulting free-kick, Enner Valencia lost Johann Djourou to head home unmarked from four yards.

The pattern of play returned to Swiss dominance – with action predominantly around the Ecuadorian third – but Reinaldo Reuda’s team hinted at their continuing threat on the break.

Despite consistent pressure, and countless crosses, the central Europeans could not find an equaliser – with Felipe Caicedo almost breaking though their backline to make them pay for their profligacy right on half-time.

Hitzfeld decided they needed a change, with Valentin Stocker making way for Mehmedi – paying instant dividends.  — FIFA

Finally a ball into the box paid off, with Ricardo Rodriguez’s corner being met by the Freiburg youngster, nodding in ahead of Carlos Gruezo from close range.

The game ended at a frenetic pace and with seconds to go Seferovic struck. A superb tackle in his own area from Valon Behrami began a late charge before finding Rodriguez on the left, who crossed for the late substitute to fire dramatically into the roof of the net. — FIFA

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