Behrami: That was my most important tackle ever

The Napoli midfielder played a key role in his side's win over Ecuador and feels they are on the right track to qualify for the next round
By Stefan Coerts in Brasilia

Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami says his tackle in the build-up to the winning goal in Sunday's World Cup game against Ecuador was arguably the best defensive action of his career.

Ecuador had a big opportunity to bag the full three points when Michael Arroyo found himself in a dangerous position well into stoppage time, but Behrami made a last-ditch tackle to win the ball, before charging forward up the pitch to spark the attack that eventually led to Haris Seferovic's last-gasp winner.

"I make a lot of tackles, but this was probably the most important one I've ever made, definitely," the Napoli midfielder told Goal.

Behrami then went on voice his delight to have at last completed a full game at the World Cup after failing to do so at his previous two attempts in 2006 and 2010.

"It feels great to finally complete a game and finish the game with an amazing victory in the last minute of the game.

"It wasn’t an easy game for us. We didn’t play very well. It was great to finish the game, though, finally and get a good win as well."

Switzerland struggled in the opening 45 minutes and were trailing 1-0 at half-time, with Behrami admitting that nerves got to them before the break.

"I never had any doubts that we would get back in the game. I knew before the match that we would start a bit nervous. We have a lot of young players and it was the first time for them at a World Cup. We played with a lot of emotion, so it wasn’t easy to deal with those feelings. You feel insecure with every ball that you touch.

"We were a bit too nervous, but then in the second half we calmed down and only thought about playing the game. We did well in the end. We didn’t play like we are used to, but I think we did well."

Ottmar Hitzfeld's men are in a fine position to qualify for the knockout stages following Sunday's win and Behrami is confident they can make it to the next round.

"It was a very important win for our chances to reach the next round. France are the favourites in our group and then there’s Ecuador and Switzerland battling for second place. It was a crucial game in my opinion and the win is really important. We are very happy."

Switzerland resume match action against France on June 20.