SWITZERLAND 2 – 1 ECUADOR
This game was a bit of a mystery. Either team could have won this one.
The “friendly” England had played against Ecuador in the lead up to the first official games of the World Cup saw Raheem Sterling get sent off for a hard tackle on Manchester United player Antonio Valencia, who also got sent off for retaliation after punching Raheem Sterling in the face.
There was more drama in Ecuador’s game today, although it was rather less violent than previously.
Ecuador seemed to dominate the first half, although Switzerland did have a few important chances. Xherdan Shaqiri had a fine effort which could have led to a goal but which was saved by the Ecuador goalkeeper, denying the Swiss midfielder who has been heavily linked with a transfer to Liverpool this summer.
It would be Ecuador’s Enner Valencia who would open the scoring in this game and they would keep their lead until the half time break.
Switzerland’s manager may have had some inspirational words to say during half time as they came out fighting and would score within two minutes into the second half. Admir Mehmedi would score a header from very close range to level the game and put the Swiss back in charge as the dominant side.
The match would go on and on, from end to end as both teams did not seem to want a draw and kept looking to get a winner. It was announced that four minutes of extra time would be added on to play and only in the 3rd minute of extra time would Switzerland substitute Haris Seferovic claim the winning goal as the Swiss took victory in the dying minutes of the game.
KEY PLAYERS: XHERDAN SHAQIRI was largely involved in everything the Swiss were doing to gain control of the game, taking free kicks and creating opportunities of his own to score. I would like to see more of him as the World Cup progresses.
Walter Ayoví helped the Ecuador striker (Valencia) get his goal, with a cross following a set piece they may have been working on at the training ground. Clinical delivery and precision finishing from Enner Valencia.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.