Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador: Former West Ham midfielder helps win it for the Swiss

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Former West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami launched a mastermind counter-attack to grab all three points for Switzerland against Ecuador.

In what was nearly this World Cup’s first drawn game, there was tension, pace and skill to make it anything but a boring affair.

Ecuador started the stronger of the two sides and kept pushing until they got their reward. Their pace as a team is brilliant, and matched with quick interlinking play, it caused countless problems for Switzerland. This caused the Swiss to give away more than a few fouls which eventually gave Ecuador their breakthrough.

A free-kick towards the left of the box was whipped in for Enner Valencia to head easily into the Swiss net. Switzerland fans and players may feel slightly aggrieved with Ecuadorian Walter Ayovi, who placed the ball outside the vanishing spray before taking the set piece.

Switzerland boast players of quality such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Gokhan Inler, and these two wrecked havoc shooting from distance.

The Swiss are sixth in the FIFA world rankings for a reason and piece of tactical brilliance from manager Ottmar Hitzfeld saw the introduction of Admir Mehmedi at half-time. Two minutes later, Mehmedi was running off in celebrations after pulling Switzerland level.

The game was end-to-end for a long time and looked like it was going give this World Cup its first draw. This was until Ecuador went so close to scoring but for a huge sliding tackle from Valon Behrami.

Getting back on his feet, he ran so fast that he forced the referee to play the advantage. Three passes later, a fantastic counter-attack was completed with substitute Haris Seferovic grabbing the winner.

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