Sunday, June 15, 2014

Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1

Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?

Apparently, there are no draws allowed in the 2014 World Cup.  92 minutes into the tournament's ninth match, we finally seemed destined for spoils shared... then a last minute Swiss counter attack, well-taken advantage, beautiful switch of play, superb first touch by Ricardo Rodriguez, ensuing pinpoint cross, and Haris Seferovic's finish made sure we kept the drama up to 11.

Overall, the tournament's been incredible and the first match of Group E (dubbed the "Group of Life" which is seemingly both a compliment and an insult) maintained the standards we've seen thus far.  Taking the lion's share of both shots and possession, the Swiss had the better performance though Ecuador proved it will go down fighting...if it goes down at all.

Enner Valencia opened the scoring, putting Ecuador ahead through a totally unmarked header from a corner kick.  Admir Mehmedi came on at half-time for the men in red and proceeded to score pretty much the exact same goal as Valencia had 25 minutes earlier.

The win keeps Ottmar Hitzfeld's crew, ranked 6th in FIFA's foolproof rankings, on track to advance through a wide-open group.  Ecuador will surely be disappointed to have given up an early lead and concede a last-minute winner, despite Brasilia hosting hordes of yellow-clad supporters.

NSC Man of the Match: I'm going Valon Behrami. A solid overall game and an absolutely monstrous effort to take a hard foul, spring to his feet, and then spring the counter for Switzerland's winner. Well played son.

1 comment:

Tony M said...

Dudes, find a better highlight. This does not do the final play justice. It needs the Ecuador attack, the mad rush down field, the bodies flying. Showing just the last part of the play makes it seem...dull