FIFA World Cup
Switzerland starts with three points, Ecuador unlucky. As the tournament goes on, the notion arises that there are no stars, and the distance between the FIFA rankings is less and less.
Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1
Mehmedi 48 Valencia 22
It was Ecuador that scored the first goal against the run of play. Valencia, 22 minutes. Following a free kick from the left, the Swiss defence allowed three Ecuadorian players into the penalty area, outnumbering the defending team and Valencia fired home. 1-0. Switzerland had far more of the ball in the first half, but the result remained at the interval.
In the second half, Mehmedi scored the equalizer, heading into the goal in front of Domínguez, after a corner. Switzerland, well organized, soaked up attacks from Ecuador and had the ball in the net on 69', but it was clearly offside. However, Ecuador did enough to deserve the draw and Switzerland's winner (Seferovic, 90) seemed to be a little flattering for a good, organized European side, but equalled by Ecuador, 20 places below at 26 in the FIFA ranking, on the field.
Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Rodriguez, Inler, Djourou, Von Bergen, Shaqiri, Behrami, Drmic (Seferovic), Xhaka, Stocker (Mehmedi)
Coach: Ottmar HITZFELD
Yellow card: Djourou
Domínguez, Paredes, Ayoví, Gruezo, Guagua, Erazo, A. Valencia, Noboa, Caicedo (Arroyo), E. Valencia, Montero (Rojas)
Coach: Reinaldo RUEDA
Yellow card: Paredes
Ball possession: Switzerland 62% Ecuador 38%
Shots/on target: Switzerland 17/6 Ecuador 10/4
Corners: Switzerland 8 Ecuador 5
Fouls committed: Switzerland 9 Ecuador 15