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Travel to Switzerland Switzerland vs Travel to Ecuador Ecuador in Brasilia.

Match Preview

Switzerland and Ecuador have never met before in international football competition.

FIFA's ranking of Switzerland as a top seed surprised many, so let's see if they can live up to the billing.

The Match

The 2014 World Cup party finally arrived in Brazil's capital, Brasilia.

Xherdan Shaqiri produced Switzerland's first real shot on goal in the 15th minute, while Ecuador still needed to judge the weight of their long cross balls better.

Goalscorers 0:1
After not conceding at all from a set-piece during qualifying, Switzerland gave away a needless free-kick left of the box. A wonderful delivery from Walter Ayovi allowed Enner Valencia, the scorer against Roy Hodgson's England in Miami, the time and space to head down onto the ground and under Diego Benaglio's outstretched hand.

Switzerland tried to put short passes together around the Ecuadorian area but failed to penetrate the defence. Then Gokhan Inler tried a longer range strike from the left, that Alexander Dominguez tipped past the post.

Ecuador continued to sit back and soak up the pressure, while Switzerland struggled to make the crosses count; from either side.

Half-time: Switzerland 0 - Ecuador 1

Substitution Goalscorers 1:1
An astute tactical move by Ottmar Hitzfeld to replace the ineffective Valentin Stocker with Admir Mehmedi at half-time paid dividends immediately; as the Freiburg striker headed Switzerland level, from a Ricardo Rodriguez corner.

Switzerland had a goal disallowed for offside in the 70th minute. Another controversial decision, as the ball came off a defender.

With four minutes left on the clock, Diego Benaglio had to make a reactionary change of direction save, from a free-kick that defied the wall.

Substitution Goalscorers 2:1
Both teams seemed content to settle for the draw and the fans started booing. Then Switzerland threw away the script and broke forward in the last minute of stoppage time. The Uzbek referee played the advantage and let Behrami, who rose to his feet quickly, stride forward and pass the ball out to Ricardo Rodriguez to provide the assist for Switzerland's second substitute, Haris Seferovic.

Just justice for the earlier disallowed goal.

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Final Score: Switzerland 2 - Ecuador 1
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Goalscorers:
0:1 - Enner Valencia (22 mins)
1:1 - Admir Mehmedi (48 mins)
2:1 - Haris Seferovic (90 +3mins)

Teams

Travel to Switzerland Switzerland:
1-Diego Benaglio; 2-Stephan Lichtsteiner, 20-Johan Djourou, 5-Steve von Bergen, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez; 11-Valon Behrami, 8-Gokhan Inler, 23-Xherdan Shaqiri, 10-Granit Xhaka; 14-Valentin Stocker, 19-Josip Drmic.

Travel to Ecuador Ecuador:
22-Alexander Dominguez; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 3-Frickson Erazo, 2-Jorge Guagua, 10-Walter Ayovi; 16- Antonio Valencia, 23-Carlos Gruezo, 6-Christian Noboa, 7-Jefferson Montero; 11-Felipe Caicedo, 13-Enner Valencia.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan Travel to Uzbekistan

Yellow Cards 2 yellow cards:
52 mins - Juan Carlos Paredes (Ecuador)
83 mins - Johan Djourou (Switzerland)

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Thursday, 12th June
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Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
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Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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