A pair of subs for the Swiss would end up being the deciding factor in this closely contested match. As both subs would have a huge part with the two goals Switzerland would score, to get a 2-1 victory.
Byline: Jorge Belon, Editor in Chief
BRASILIA—Substitute Swiss forward Haris Seferovic came in the match at the 75 minute, and in the 93 minute he scored the winning goal to complete the comeback against Ecuador on Sunday.
Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez received the ball while running towards the left hand side of the field. He controlled the ball, and began to approach the penalty box; he lifted his head and saw a sprinting Seferovic heading to the center of the box.
Rodriguez would send a low fast ball to the foot of Seferovic. The number nine sub immediately hammered the ball into the roof of the net. His shot gave Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez, no chance of saving the goal; in the process, giving Switzerland the 2-1 victory at the third minute of stoppage time.
However, La Tri began this match with a powerful header from forward Ennner Valencia. At the 22 minute of the first half, defender Walter Ayoví, stood in front of the ball as his players got in their places in the penalty box.
Ayoví looked up and delivered a cross with pace from the left hand side of the field, his ball would find the head of Valencia, and the Pachuca forward would bury the ball into the back of the net, giving the South Americans an early 1-0 lead.
For the reminder of the half, Ecuador would continue to push for a second goal, but Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benalgio would stop La Tri attack five times in the match. The frustration for Ecuador began to grow visible every minute that passed.
When the second half began, Switzerland tied the match at the 47 minute. The goal was almost an exact replica of Ecuador first goal, the only difference was that the ball came from a corner kick.
Rodriguez sent a perfect ball from the corner, and substitute forward Admir Mehmedi jumped into the path of the ball, over powering an Ecuadorian defender in the process and smashing the ball with the side of his head into the back of the net.
After allowing Switzerland to tie the match, Ecuador turned up the heat and began to attack the Swiss relentlessly. The stingy defense would not give in or break down to the endless bombardment that La Tri sent.
However, eventually holes began to show in the Ecuadorian defense, with everybody up to attack. That is when Switzerland took advantage of the available breathing room to score the winning goal in the 93 minute of the match.
Ecuador will need to rebound to keep their second round hopes alive in their next match. They will need to beat Honduras on Friday, June 20 at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.
As for Switzerland they can secure their first trip to the second round since the 2006 World Cup with a victory against France on Friday as well, at the Arena Fonte Nova, located at Salvador.
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