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June 15, 2014
• Estádio Nacional de Brasília, Brasília, Distrito Federal
Referee: R. Irmatov
• Attendance: 68351
A. Mehmedi 48'
H. Seferović 90'+
E. Valencia 22'
That's all from me folks after yet more enjoyable World Cup action in Brazil. Over and out.
It's advantage Switzerland in Group E ahead of France versus Honduras later today. Hitzfeld's substitions worked a treat as Mehmedi and Seferovic struck one each to complete a comeback. What a sickener for Ecuador though - they now face an uphill task to progress.
Worth noting the ref's great decision to play on there after Behrami was fouled - a stark contrast to some of the questionable decisions we've seen in the competition so far.
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME: Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador. Behrami broke up an Ecuador attack and, having been allowed to play on following a foul, Rodriguez swept a ball across to the onrushing Seferovic to fire the winner. An incredible finale!
90' + 3'
SURELY THE WINNER!!! - Seferovic fires home what looks set to be the winner after a rapid Swiss break.
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
A minute to go and the game is so stretched...end-to-end stuff here.
Switzerland looking shaky at the back in the final throes of the game. Will there be one final chance for either side? Three minutes of added time to come.
GREAT EFFORT - Arroyo's free-kick causes Benaglio all sorts of problems and he needs help from his defence to clear. We're getting into the final stages here with Ecuador doing much of the pressing.
Yellow CardJohan Djourou
A clever foul from Djourou there as he brings down Arroyo when in a threatening position. It's only a booking for the Hamburg man who had cover from Steve von Bergen.
No sign of the Brazil heat sapping any energy here, both sides going gung-ho in search of a winner and I still reckon there's another goal in this...
Another substition from Ecuador - Joao Rojas replaces Montero.
Benaglio and Djourou are involved in a mix-up but Ecuador are unable to capitalise. In amongst this flurry of chances we've had some substitutions. Michael Arroyo has replaced Caicedo for Ecuador while Switzerland's Drmic makes way for Haris Seferovic.
SHAQIRI INTO THE SIDE NETTING - Another quick break from Switzerland but the Bayern Munich man fires into the side netting. There's surely another goal or two in this.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Drmic thinks he's completed the comeback but he's adjudged offside. A warning for Ecuador...
END-TO-END! Montero with another trademark burst down the left but his shot is kept out by Benaglio. We've got an entertaining finale in prospect here folks as both sides attack at will.
Shaqiri almost gets Rodriguez in behind the Ecuador backline with a clever pass but Paredes is again on hand to deny him.
We're into the final half hour now and it could go either way - both sides pressing and threatening.
SO CLOSE FROM ENNER VALENCIA - The goalscorer goes close to a second with a curling strike from outside the area.
Carlos Gruezo fires well over from distance - he'll need to come up with something better than that if Ecuador are to regain the lead.
STAT ATTACK - Mehmedi was only on the pitch for 121 seconds before hauling his side level. Quite the impact and it looks to have buoyed the Swiss who are attacking with much more conviction now.
BOOKING: The first yellow card of the game comes in the 54th minute as Paredes is penalised for a foul on Mehmedi.
Yellow CardJ. Paredes
It was almost a carbon copy of Ecuador's opener as Ricardo Rodriguez swung in a delivery from the left and Freiburg man Mehmedi nodded home. Can the Swiss build on this momentum and continue to threaten?
EQUALISER FOR SWITZERLAND: Incredible impact from Mehmedi who heads the leveller with one of his first contributions since joining the action. All square!
HALF-TIME SUBSTITUTION: Admir Mehmedi replaces Valentin Stocker for Switzerland.
Despite creating fewer opportunities than their European opponents, Ecuador will be delighted with their half's work. What's more, as Switzerland will likely press for an equaliser, Montero, Caicedo and Valencia are all capable on the break and could threaten a second.
For all their possession and efforts at goal, Switzerland trail Ecuador by an Enner Valencia goal to nil. The likes of Shaqiri, Drmic and Inler could prove vital for Hitzfeld in the second half as they look to break down an Ecuador defence that has stood up to everything so far.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: Switzerland 0-1 Ecuador
The dangerous Montero again proves a problem for the Swiss backline - cutting in from the left before Johan Djourou blocks his effort. Ecuador end the half on top.
Just less than five minutes remaining in the first half and, despite having nine attempts at goal, Switzerland look set to go in at the break behind due to Valencia's opener.
Skipper Inler fizzes an effort at goal that Dominguez tips wide. Plenty of questions asked by Hitzfeld's men recently but as yet they've got nothing to show for their efforts.
HANDBALL? Swiss appeals for a penalty are waved away by Mr Irmatov after Fricson Erazo appeared to handle in the area. No doubt a scare for the Ecuador contingent in Brasilia.
Valon Behrami produces a header at goal from Shaqiri's corner but Dominguez collects at the second attempt.
Switzerland have never beaten South American opposition at a World Cup and, with half an hour played, that record looks set to be extended. Juan Carlos Paredes the latest to deny the Swiss with a last-ditch challenge on Valentin Stocker.
Gokhan Inler and Stephan Lichtsteiner look to get Switzerland back on the front foot down the right hand side but Hitzfeld's men are yet to break down a stubborn Ecuadorian defence.
STAT - Enner Valencia has now scored in each of his last five appearances for Ecuador. A man in form!
Switzerland's previously stoic defence was undone in the simplest of ways as Valencia angled his headed effort into the ground and past Diego Benaglio. Work to do for the Swiss now.
GOOOOOAAAALLLL - An unmarked Enner Valencia heads Ecuador in front from a free-kick against the run of play
Drmic has Dominguez scrambling to his left to keep a fierce effort at bay. Switzerland are starting to ask questions of their opponents.
CHANCE - Shaqiri holds off the attentions of an Ecuador marker and fires an effort on target that is well saved by Alexander Dominguez.
Switzerland have conceded just once in their last seven World Cup outings and Ecuador will need to keep possession better if they are to threaten that record.
Recently confirmed Bayer Leverkusen man Drmic almost finds a way through but is denied by a saving tackle from Jorge Guagua. Granit Xhaka then hits a long-range effort that sails marginally wide. Positive stuff from the Swiss.
Other than Montero's early burst, the game is yet to spark into life with both sides only able to muster hopeful balls in behind their opponents. Here's hoping the likes of Caicedo, Shaqiri or Drmic can conjur up some magic.
Jefferson Montero shows a glimpse of his pacy skills, getting behind the Swiss defence with a quick burst. He's unable to keep the ball in play however.
Referee Ravshan Irmatov blows his whistle and Switzerland get us under way kicking from left to right in the Brazilian sunshine.
The teams are out and the anthems have begun in Brasilia - stay tuned as we approach kick-off in the opening game of Group E. With France heavily tipped to win the group, this game offers an ideal opportunity for both nations to stake their claim for progression.
Ecuador's Felipe Caicedo scored seven goals in nine games during qualification and, unsurprisingly, is among Reinaldo Rueda's starting XI. Midfielder Christian Noboa also starts, having been a doubt with a muscle injury in the build-up.
Bundesliga duo Xherdan Shaqiri and Josip Drmic will likely pose the biggest threat for Ottmar Hitzfeld and co who sailed through qualification unbeaten and will go into the game as narrow favourites.
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 substitutes: Sommer, Burki, Ziegler, Senderos, Lang, Schar, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Barnetta, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Seferovic
SWITZERLAND'S STARTING XI: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Inler (C), Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Stocker, Drmic, Djourou, Shaqiri
I'm Matthew Rogerson and I'll be guiding you through the action from the Central-West region of Brazil, beginning with the team news and starting line-ups...
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today's Group E opener between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia. In what will be the first meeting between the nations, both will look to give their hopes of progression an early boost before group rivals France and Honduras meet later today.
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