Switzerland Made Statement With Dramatic Victory Over Ecuador
Swizterland defeated Ecuador by a score of 2-1 in their World Cup Group E opener after being down 1-0 at the half. Enner Valencia had put the South American side 1-0 up in the opening 45 minutes before Admir Mehmedi and Haris Seferovic decided the fate of the match.
The Swiss opted to play in a compact 4-2-3-1, as they heavily relied on their wingbacks Stephan Lichsteiner and Ricardo Rodriguez to make several runs up the flanks. The one that had the much better game was the latter, as he assisted the game-winner in the dying seconds. He marked his man on defense, took on players fearlessly, and had no problem passing the ball to let others shine and do work as well. He should be considered the man of this match.
Ecuador had a chance to win this game just 10 seconds prior to the final goal, as Antonio Valencia found a teammate inside the area who failed to create space to open a shot. This shows that the team practically gave up and expected a draw since they missed their opportunity. What they have to realize is that if their opponent just made a goal-saving stop, they are going to go on an abrupt and swift counter to do whatever it takes to score. After allowing that strike, they surely will not make that error again.
Now, both nations will wait and see the final result between France and Honduras, the other teams occupying group E. After this win, the Swiss can be a lock to advance out of the group if they get a decent result against France and defeat Honduras. As for Ecuador, their best bet will be to try and defeat the remaining opponents to not take any chances. They have to rely on themselves to make their own destiny.
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