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Swiss steal a late show

Afp, Brasïlia
Switzerland forward Haris Seferovic runs to celebrate his injury-time winner against Ecuador during their World Cup Group E match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia yesterday. Switzerland won 2-1. PHOTO: AFP
Switzerland forward Haris Seferovic runs to celebrate his injury-time winner against Ecuador during their World Cup Group E match at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia yesterday. Switzerland won 2-1. PHOTO: AFP

Haris Seferovic scored in the last minute of injury time to grab Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 win over Ecuador in their Group E game at the World Cup finals in Brasilia on Sunday.
Seferovic's winner capped a remarkable comeback by the top seeds in the group as fellow substitute Admer Mehmidi had taken just 121 seconds to make his mark as he levelled the game in the 48th minute.
Victory was Switzerland's first over South American opposition in the World Cup finals having lost their previous four.
Ecuador had started the brightest and it was little surprise when they went ahead in the 22nd minute as former captain Walter Ayovi whipped in a superb freekick from the left and the unmarked Enner Valencia rose to send his header past Diego Benaglio and into the net.
Ecuador keeper Dominguez was all at sea for the Swiss equaliser losing himself behind two defenders as the corner came in from Ricardo Rodriguez and Mehmedi rose above Carlos Gruezo to head home for his second goal for his country.
Behrami showing the hard-headed experience of a man appearing in his third World Cup finals, then pushed forward and although he was subject to a crunching tackle in the middle of the pitch the referee played a brilliant advantage in waving play on. The ball was worked out to the left flank and when it was whipped in Seferovic was on hand to tuck the ball inside the near post and send the Swiss contingent wild.


Published: 12:01 am Monday, June 16, 2014

Last modified: 2:43 am Monday, June 16, 2014

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