Ecuador Vs Switzerland, Group E - Live Score

SUNDAY 15TH JUNE - 9:30PM (LOCAL) | NACIONAL, BRASILIA

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Switzerland: The Swiss side known for their famous victory over Spain, the eventual winners of 2010 world cup in last edition will look forward to improving their recent records. The sixth ranked side led by Captain Gokhan Inler consists of a bunch of young players like 21 year-old playmaker Granit Xhaka and Xhardhan Shaqiri. Even though Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side lacks the experience, Switzerland can count on history as they have reached the quarter-finals thrice, the last in 1954 when they hosted the event.

Ecuador: Ecuador is seen as a surprise name in the World Cup stage but it looks like the South-American team has drawn inspiration from the tragic death of their player Christian Benítez. It is seen as a daunting task for Reinaldo Rueda’s side to qualify for the next round in their only fourth World Cup appearance. But one would expect Captain Antonio Valencia to inspire his side to proceed to a better finish this time around.

Head-to-Head

The two sides are meeting for the first time.

Commentary

(169 Mins)

GOAL - Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador (Harvis Seferovic)

(169 Mins)

Benaglio made a brilliant save minutes ago to ensure the score stayed at 1-1.

(167 Mins)

There will be three minutes of added time at the end of this match, can anyone force a winner?

(165 Mins)

You sense theres just one more incident left in this game. Its too tight to call and both teams are trying their hardest to get the winner in the blistering Brasilia heat.

(163 Mins)

Brilliant reflexes from Benaglio. An Ecuador free-kick almost catches the goalkeeper out when it takes a deflection off the wall but he manages to bat the ball clear whilst going in the wrong direction.

(161 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Johan Djourou is booked when breaking up a Ecuador break and his quite lucky Borgen was sprinting back or it could have been a red card for the defender as last man.

(160 Mins)

Theres some hope for Switzerland, seven of their last nine goals scored at the World Cup have come in the second half. 6 minutes left.

(159 Mins)

The ball hits the wall but Shaqiri claims there was a handball, its not given and Ecuador try to break but are outnumbered and Switzerland get the ball back in their control.

(157 Mins)

Switzerland now have a free-kick 25 metres from goal with four players over it.

(156 Mins)

Ecuador have made their second substitution with Joao Rojas replacing Jefferson Montero.

(155 Mins)

Lots of Switzerland possession is greeted with whistles from the crowd who seem to want the Ecuador win.

(154 Mins)

Drmic thought he had scored earlier before the flag was raised for offside. Replays show he may actually have been onside.

(152 Mins)

Josip Drmic whos had a pretty uneventful day is being replaced by Haris Seferovic.

(150 Mins)

And Ecuador almost score at the other end. Benaglio comes racing out to clear the ball after a long clearance lands behind his defenders but he misses it and Enner Valencia is almost in before Bergen gets back to clear.

(149 Mins)

Switzerland break at pace with three against one at one point. Mehmedi pushes the ball out to the left but sends Shaqiri too far wide and he can only hit the side netting. If he had passed to the open Drmic on the right it might have been 2-1 to the Swiss.

(147 Mins)

Felipe Caicedo who has had a difficult match comes off for Michael Arroyo

(146 Mins)

No Goal. Offside from Drmic. The balls in the back of the net from the young Swiss striker after Shakiri dummies a pass from Rodriguez but the flag is up and it will not count.

(145 Mins)

Ecuador come forward again but Djourou comes across and blocks Enner Valencias charging run.

(142 Mins)

Montero bursts down the left and gets away from Lichtsteiner who was always backing off. He lets fly with a powerful shot but its blocked by Benaglios legs and out for an Ecuador corner.

(141 Mins)

The game has just settled down for the moment but is very evenly poised and could go either way in these last 26 minutes.

(138 Mins)

Admir Mehmedi seems to have provided the attacking spark Switzerland desperately needed in the first half.

(136 Mins)

Oh! So close from Enner Valencia. He gets past Djourou with a dummy and lets a curling effort fly that just grazes the top of the net as it flies a few inches over. Very close indeed.

(134 Mins)

Behrami finds Shaqiri and he shows great skill to find Mehmedi but his shot is blocked. He gets the ball back and goes down in the box but the referee says there was no foul.

(133 Mins)

Inler just a little bit too physical on 19 year old Carlos Gruezo and Ecuador have a free kick that they take quickly, but it comes to nothing.

(131 Mins)

Switzerland break at pace and Shaqiri finds Mehmedi, the goalscorer tries to chip the ball back into the box but its over-hit and finds no-one. Shaqiri is not a happy man.

(130 Mins)

YELLOW CARD - Juan Paredes goes into the book for a late challenge on Mehmedi.

(128 Mins)

Ecuador have another set piece and the creator of the first goal, Walter Ayovi is standing over it, its headed back across the box and Frickson Erazos header is off target.

(127 Mins)

Mehmedi had been on the pitch for less than two minutes before scoring on his World Cup debut.

(126 Mins)

The Swiss seem to have found their groove, Inler again lets fly from distance and fires just wide.

(125 Mins)

Confirmation of the change, Mehmedi replaced Stocker at half time.

(125 Mins)

And the man whos just comes on gets the equaliser for the Swiss. What a substitution from Hitzfeld and Mehmedia scores on his World Cup debut.

(124 Mins)

GOAL Switzerland 1-1 Ecuador (Admir Mehmedi)

(123 Mins)

Switzerland seem to have responded to whatever Ottmar Hitzfeld said to them at half time. Lichtsteiner races forward again and gets a shot away that takes a deflection and they have a corner.

(121 Mins)

Were back underway in the second half.

(120 Mins)

The Ecuadorians have won every World Cup game in which theyve kept a clean sheet but lost all four in which they have conceded, can they finish the job today? The second half is just minutes away

(118 Mins)

Without doing anything too spectacular Ecuador have found themselves 1-0 up over Switzerland, a side many tipped as second favourites for Group E behind France.

(110 Mins)

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is retiring from football after this World Cup and wont want to start his last tournament with a loss. How will he get his team to turnaround this score in the second half.

(109 Mins)

Since then Switzerland have tried to get back into the match with a couple of efforts from Shaqiri and Inler but theyve had to resort to corners and free-kicks for most of their chances.

(107 Mins)

It was a quick start by the Ecuadorians who had a couple of efforts on goal before taking the lead through a Enner Valencia header in the 22nd minute.

(107 Mins)

HALF TIME - Switzerland 0-1 Ecuador

(107 Mins)

Walter Ayovi gets a shot away but its high and wide and thats the end of the action in the first half.

(106 Mins)

There will be one minute of added time in this first half.

(104 Mins)

Caicedo gets through a couple of challenges and there are claims for a penalty as he is challenged by Ricardo Rodriguez when he is about to shoot but the referee waves away the Ecuadorian protests..

(104 Mins)

Montero almost gets through again but Djourous there once more to block his effort.

(103 Mins)

Noboa finds Caicedo on the edge of the box who passes out wide to Jefferson Montero, he gets a shot away but its blocked by Djourou.

(101 Mins)

Shakiri hasnt had the best of days from set-pieces. He hits another ball toward the box but it is over-hit and goes out for a goal-kick.

(100 Mins)

Switzerland have five minutes to get themselves back on level terms before the break.

(98 Mins)

There seems to be a heavy Ecuador presence in the Estadio Nacional crowd, theres a loud roar whenever they come forward with the ball.

(97 Mins)

Xhakiri tries a floating and curling shot into the far corner of the goal from a short corner but Dominguez stretches up high to catch the ball.

(96 Mins)

Close from Inler. Gokhan Inler finds Xhaka on the left hand side with a great ball, he gets it back after some patient build up and lets fly but Dominguez touches it around the post with his fingertips.

(94 Mins)

Behrami gets Switzerlands first effort on target from the corner. But its a soft header and an easy save for Dominguez

(93 Mins)

Drmic and Lichtsteiner quickly exchange passes in the box but the right backs shot is deflected out for a corner.

(91 Mins)

Ecuador look comfortable to sit back behind the ball now they have the lead and theyre doing a good job stopping Shaqiri and Drmic get through the defence.

(90 Mins)

Valencias goal was only the seconds Switzerland have conceded in their last eight World Cup games.

(88 Mins)

Its a decent flick on by Stocker but doesnt trouble Dominguez in the Ecuador goal.

(87 Mins)

Lichtsteiner brings down a long ball on the right and Switzerland have another corner.

(85 Mins)

Ecuador are almost in again but some powerful defending from Djourou sees Switzerland get the ball back, who now have a corner as they look to get right back in this.

(82 Mins)

A brilliantly placed and powerful header by Enner Valencia flies in past the helpless Benaglio. The Swiss keeper had no chance due to the quality ball in from Ayovi.

(82 Mins)

GOAL Switzerland 0-1 Ecuador (Enner Valencia)

(81 Mins)

Lichtsteiner brings down Montero near the left hand corner flag and Ecuador have a free-kick in a very promising position.

(78 Mins)

Benaglio elects to punch away instead of catching a deflected Antonio Valencia shot but Ecuador commit a foul on the edge of the box and the pressure is relieved for the Swiss.

(75 Mins)

A decent ball from Inler finds Shaqiri and he ghosts past a couple of Ecuadorian defenders before firing a shot in but its straight at Dominguez.

(74 Mins)

And as if on cue Drmic shows some neat skill to get into the box and almost gets a shot away but its cleared by Ecuador.

(72 Mins)

Switzerland have only conceded once in the last two World Cups but are yet to get past the round of 16 in either of them. Scoring goals has been their major problem and the Swiss will be hoping the call up of young striker Josip Drmic can improve their attacking options.

(69 Mins)

Some neat play by Stocker and Lichtsteiner sees the right back get a cross into the box, but again the final ball lets him down and its straight into Dominguezs arms.

(-1058974103 Mins)

Ecuador had to contend with the sad death of striker Christian Benitez during their qualification campaign for this World Cup. Team coach Reinaldo Rueda said he would always be in the teams hearts and minds throughout the tournament.

(66 Mins)

Lichtsteiner sprints past Ayovi with some good skill but his cross drifts high and wide and out for a goal kick.

(63 Mins)

Ecuador have a free kick, but its straight into the arms of Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

(62 Mins)

Ecuador have never drawn a World Cup game, but they have won all matches in which theyve kept a clean sheet.

(60 Mins)

KICK OFF - Ecuador get us underway.

(58 Mins)

Its Switzerland in their traditional red shirts against Ecuador who are wearing blue today, and we are just moments away.

(55 Mins)

These two teams have never played competitively. Ecuador have kept only two clean sheets in their last 10 games but Switzerland have lost their last four World Cup matches against South American sides, so its all to play for today.

(53 Mins)

The teams are about to head out onto the pitch at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia for the anthems, its not completely full yet but both sets of fans are making noise and showing their support.

(51 Mins)

Ecuador may not be the favourites but they reached the last 16 of the World Cup in 2006 and main striker Felipe Calcido was in hot form in qualification, scoring seven goals in nine games.

(48 Mins)

Switzerland have come into the World Cup unbeaten since November last year and qualified for the tournament without losing a game.

(47 Mins)

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the opening match of Group E where Switzerland will be facing Ecuador.

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