In a tremendous and dramatic turn of events, Switzerland snatched victory away from Ecuador after a fantastic defensive play led to a late game-winning goal, 2-1, in the Group E opener of World Cup 2014 in Brasilia on Sunday.
In the final moments of the match, Ecuador appeared poised to get a final chance to score the game winner, but Switzlerand's Valon Behrami made an outstanding and risky defensive play in the penalty box to dispossess a hesitant Michael Arroyo.
It quickly sparked a fast break that was completed by Haris Seferovic, who drilled a left-footed shot from close range off the cross from Ricardo Rodriguez.
The match would end seconds later, leaving Ecuador shocked after allowing two straight goals and surrendering at least one point in what is expected to be wide-open group. The possession from Arroyo appeared to be a golden opportunity for Ecuador to earn the victory with the Switzerland defense looking vulnerable. Instead, Behrami's effort could be remembered as the deciding play that helps the Swiss advance to the Round of 16.
Ecuador scored the first goal of the game following a free kick from Walter Ayovi, which was headed in by forward Enner Valencia. It was a fine effort by Ecuador, and they would hold on to the lead for the rest of the half.
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Switzerland would equalize in the 48th minute when Rodriguez assisted on a goal off a corner kick. The pass found Admir Mehmedi, who easily headed it in. Switzerland received some help on the goal by Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, who didn’t appear alert on the play as it flew by him.
But Switzerland would be the aggressors for much of the match. The controlled possession for 62 percent of the game, and took 17 shots with six on goal. Ecuador took 10 shots with four on target.
Group E continues on Friday when Ecuador meet Honduras, and France take on Switzerland.