Swiss Delight in Group E opener
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After an exhilarating first three days to the World Cup in Brazil the group E opener between Switzerland and Ecuador continued the trend of the goal scoring we’ve witnessed in every match since the start of the tournament.
The game started rather stale with both teams getting a few chances at goal, as it seemed like they were still reading each other. The Swiss tried but couldn’t match the Ecuadorians physicality and the South Americans’ robust game became too strong for the Europeans in the 22nd minute when winger Antonio Valencia scored the opener to set alive the crowd at the Estadio Nacional stadium in Brasilia.
Although Switzerland attempted chances at goal with Captain Gokhan Inler shooting from range on few occasions, it was their poor execution at set pieces that cost them in the first half.
Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzefeld, who’s set to retire as a coach after the world cup must have said something to his players at half-time as they came out more clinical in their approach in the second stanza.
With less than five minutes in the game from the bench, Swiss forward Admir Mehmedi scored the equalizer to start the second half on a high. The whole team was inspired to go forward; with star Xherdan Shaqiri selfishly squandering a chance to help create goal, by attempting goal in hitting the side net himself.
The second half was evenly matched, both teams having numerous attempts at goal to no avail. As the game drew closer to the end Valencia crossed a ball into the box that was wasted, inspiring Switzerland to also have a last chance at glory before the game ends.
Glory came on the brink of added time through another substitute, Haris Seferovic. The victory was indeed Swiss delight, as they had never beaten South American opponents at a World Cup.
Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador
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