Switzerland left it late to beat Ecuador 2-1 at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrinche on Sunday in a match dubbed as the one to decide who will occupy the second spot behind France, with Les Bleus being the favourites to top group E. Granit Xhaka had the first shot of the match in the 13th minute but sent it wide as Xherdan Shaqiri had his comfortably saved by the keeper three minutes later. Ricardo Rodriguez almost scored from a distance before Ecuador got their noses in front.
Enner Valencia found himself sandwiched between red shirts but managed to head past the keeper unchallenged to give his side a lead 22 minutes into the match. The South Americans held on to their lead to the break despite numerous attempts by Ottmar
Hitzfeld’s men to level matters. Admir Mehmedi proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle as the half time substitute found himself at the receiving end of a well-taken corner kick to head home an equaliser two minutes into the second stanza.
Jefferson Montero caused a lot of headache for Switzerland’s back four as the match started to loose its flair. Joseph Drmic almost became a hero for the men in red when he sliced the ball past Alexander Dominguez but the flag had already gone up for offside. It was anyone’s game for the taking from there on but the Swiss had the last laugh when another substitute Haris Seferovic tapped in from a Rodriguez setup to beat the keeper providing a dramatic end to a tight FIFA World Cup™ encounter.