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FIFA World Cup 2014 Switzerland v/s Ecuador: Switzerland score second goal in 93rd minute to defeat Ecuador 2-1

Sunday, 15 June 2014 - 11:18pm IST Updated: Sunday, 15 June 2014 - 11:22pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk
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FULL-TIME What a heartbreak for Ecuador. A goal in the 93rd minute from V Behrami sealed what was a fascinating game. Switzerland had more possession and more shots on goal throughout the match, and perhaps it showed in the final score

90 + 3' GOAL! Second goal for Switzerland as V Behrami scores, brilliant finish off the pass from the left flank

86' Equador are really pressing hard for an equaliser here. The battle is getting dirtier.

85' Good kick from the centre by Ecuador, well blocked by the Swiss keeper. The Swiss defender then kicks the ball away to prevent Ecuador from having another shot

84' Johan Djourou gets a yellow card. That was a clever foul

83' Switzerland still holding 62% of the possession

82' Penalty for Switzerland, they are taking a long time to get their act together...but it doesn't matter as Switzerland could not convert it into a goal.

81' That should be a foul and Ecuador take down a Swiss midfielder

77' J Rojas replaces the wonderful Montero for Equador

77' It's Ecuador now who are unable to capitalise on their chances

74' Now a quick kick from Shaqiri gets blasted into the side netting and Switzerland have missed another goal

71' M Arroyo is substituted for Felipe Caicedo

71' Goal gets disallowed for Switzerland, the referee calls it outside and Ecuador have also been warned

68' Montero attacks again from the left flank but his shot is kept out by Benaglio

66' Shaqiri almost gets Rodriguez in behind the Ecuador backline with a clever pass but is denied again by the defence. 

63' This has suddenly turned into a much more competitive game after Switzerland's equaliser

60' That was close....Enner Valencia almost scored his second goal for Ecuador with a curling strike from outside the penalty area.

56' The Swiss are attacking with much more conviction now. Mehmedi was on the field for just 2 minutes before he scored that goal.

53' Juan Carlos Paredes has been handed a yellow card. Nice idea to foul the guy who just scored a goal.

48' GOAL! Switzerland have equalised right after the break. Pass from the left flank, and a beautiful header by Admir Mehmedi into the goal

46' Admir Mehmed replaces Valentin Stocker for Switzerland

HALF-TIME At half-time, Ecuador will be the happier team being 1-0 up, despite Switzerland having more shots at the goal. The Swiss have been unable to break through the Ecuadorean defence.

45' Ecuador take a shot from the centre at the goal, but it flies wide to the left

44'  Montero cuts in from the backline and challenges the Swiss defence again

41' Switzerland have had nine attempts at the goal but to no avail. Less than 4 minutes left to half-time

40' Switzerland have had far more shots on target, more corners, less fouls conceded and more possession than Ecuador, but its Ecuador who are 1-0 up

38' The Swiss skipper fumbles up an effort near the goal now

36' Was that a handball? Switzerland think it is but the referee turns it down much to the relief of Ecuador

Unfortunately this is not happening yet:

35' Valon Behrami produces a header at goal from Shaqiri's corner but Dominguez collects at the second attempt.

32' Switzerland keep holding possession but simply cannot get past the Ecuadorian defence. The Swiss have never defeated South American opposition at the World Cup

29' The Ecuadorian defence has been very stubborn despite Switzerland having more possession

27' Enner Valencia has scored in each of his last 5 appearances for Ecuador

22' GOAL! Ecuador score the first goal through a brilliant header. It's Enner Valencia who's the man

16' Shaqiri (Switzerland) fires on target, saved by Alexander Dominguez

15' Switzerland have just conceded one of their last 7 World Cup matches

12' Switzerland have held about 64% of the possession so far

10' This is a very dull game so far as both teams try to get behind the others' defence.

4' Ecuador are getting behind the Swiss defence quickly

2' Ecuador gets a penalty, but to no avail as the kick is wide of the net

Bright sunshine as Switzerland begin

1' This match is important for both teams because with France expected to top the group, the second place is really up for grabs.

The team lineups have been announced:

Switzerland's substitutes: Sommer, Burki, Ziegler, Senderos, Lang, Schar, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Barnetta, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Seferovic

Ecuador's substitutes: Bone, Banguera, Bagui, Achilier, Ibarra, Mendes, Rojas, Minda, Arroyo, Saritama, Martinez, J.Ayovi

ECUADOR'S STARTING XI: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, W Ayovi, Caicedo, E Valencia, A Valencia (C), Gruezo

SWITZERLAND'S STARTING XI: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Inler (C), Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Stocker, Drmic, Djourou, Shaqiri

The national anthems are over and the match is set to begin

21:34 IST Sunday, 15 June 2014

The teams are out in the middle for the national anthems

Switzerland v/s Ecuador, a relatively low-key affair, kicks off at 9:30 pm.

Last time out Switzerland caused a shock by beating eventual winners Spain 1-0 in their opener, but were then beaten by Chile and could only draw with Honduras as Spain and Chile went through to the second round with six points each.

Read the full Switzerland team profile here

Ecuador qualified for their third World Cup thanks to a solid defence and will be bolstered by landing in a relatively easy group where they take on Switzerland, France and Honduras. They went out in the group stage on their debut in 2002 but made the cut for the second round in 2006. The 2014 qualifying campaign was overshadowed by the death of their centre-forward Christian Benitez, who fell victim to a heart-attack aged just 27. In their high-altitude home of Quito (2850m), they were unbeaten in eight games, with seven wins and a draw against Argentina.

For the full Ecuador team profile, click here

Switzerland started the 2010 World Cup with a surprise win over Spain and they will be looking to get this summer’s tournament off to a similar start. National team coach Ottmar Hitzfeld doesn’t have any noteworthy injury problems ahead of the match versus Ecuador and has a fit squad to pick his starting XI from. His main selection headache will be who to pick alongside centre-back Steve von Bergen, with Philippe Senderos, Fabian Schar and Johan Djourou all hoping to get the nod.

For the full match preview, click here


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