Substitute Haris Seferovic scored in the third minute of stoppage time to earn Switzerland a dramatic win over Ecuador in their opening Group E match.

Seferovic turned in Ricardo Rodriguez's low cross as Ottmar Hitzfeld's side came back from behind to claim victory.

Fellow substitute Admir Mehmedi headed Switzerland level after Enner Valencia had given Ecuador a half-time lead.

Valencia's header from a Walter Ayovi free-kick was his fifth goal in successive games for his country.

Hitzfeld's two substitutions were key to turning around a match that looked to be slipping away from his side after a poor first-half display.

The coach, a Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, is retiring at the end of the World Cup - and has set himself the target of guiding Switzerland to their first quarter-final since 1954.

Enner Valencia

Enner Valencia has now scored in five successive appearances for Ecuador

They arrived in Brazil as Group E seeds and ranked sixth in the world, but struggled in the face of an energetic first-half Ecuador performance.

Reinaldo Rueda's side are keen to make an impact in Brazil to provide a fitting tribute to forward Christian Benitez, who died of heart failure last summer.

They restricted Switzerland to threatening with long-range shots and set-pieces during the opening 45 minutes, with keeper Alexander Dominguez keeping out efforts from Xherdan Shaqiri, Rodriguez and Gokhan Inler.

And Ecuador went in front midway through the first half, helped by some poor Swiss defending at a free-kick.

Hamburg's former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou - preferred at centre-back to Basel's Fabian Schar - was culpable as striker Valencia was left unmarked six yards out to head in Ayovi's delivery from the left midway through the first half.

But Ecuador's lead was wiped out early in the second half from a near-identical set-piece as their defence switched off.

Swiss bliss

Switzerland's victory was the first they have recorded over a South American team at a World Cup finals in six attempts

Rodriguez whipped a corner towards the near post and Mehmedi, Freiburg's leading scorer in the Bundesliga last season, got above Carlos Gruezo to head in - 121 seconds after coming on at half-time.

Ecuador's exciting but inconsistent winger Jefferson Montero threatened to restore their lead by sprinting past Stephan Lichtsteiner to power in a shot that keeper Diego Benaglio beat out at the near post.

Switzerland then enjoyed a good spell of pressure as their opponents appeared to tire, and Josip Drmic turned the ball into the net from a Rodriguez through-pass, but was ruled offside.

Then Bayern Munich forward Shaqiri fired wastefully into the side-netting from a tight angle with two men in support after being played in by Mehmedi.

Switzerland had to survive several scares in the closing stages, though, with Valencia almost grabbing a second after a mix-up between Djourou and Benaglio, before the keeper pushed away Michael Arroyo's deflected free-kick.

Hitzfeld's side pulled through and clinched victory on the break as Valon Behrami made a brilliant defensive block before Rodriguez charged down the left and crossed low for Real Sociedad striker Seferovic to convert at the near post.

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld: "It was a dream end to the game for us and is very important for the morale of the team.

"It will give us some extra strength for the next two matches."

Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda: "We lost our organisation, which has been one of our characteristics, at the end of the match, we were somewhat betrayed by our emotion.

"This provoked the goal which took the draw away from us. I believe a moment of naivety costs us the match."

"It was an intense game and I think it was very even, both sides moved the ball around well.

"Football is like that, the result wasn't really what we deserved. We now have to get over this defeat and work on our morale."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Switzerland

  • 01 Benaglio
  • 02 Lichtsteiner
  • 13 Rodriguez
  • 08 Inler
  • 20 Djourou Booked
  • 05 Von Bergen
  • 23 Shaqiri
  • 11 Behrami
  • 19 Drmic (Seferovic - 75' )
  • 10 Xhaka
  • 14 Stocker (Mehmedi - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Ziegler
  • 04 Senderos
  • 06 Lang
  • 07 Barnetta
  • 09 Seferovic
  • 12 Sommer
  • 15 Dzemaili
  • 16 Fernandes
  • 17 Gavranovic
  • 18 Mehmedi
  • 21 Bürki
  • 22 Schär

Ecuador

  • 22 Domínguez
  • 04 Paredes Booked
  • 10 Ayoví
  • 23 Gruezo
  • 02 Guagua
  • 03 Erazo
  • 16 A Valencia
  • 06 Noboa
  • 13 E Valencia
  • 11 Caicedo (Arroyo - 70' )
  • 07 Montero (Rojas - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Banguera
  • 05 Ibarra
  • 08 Méndez
  • 09 Rojas
  • 12 Bone
  • 14 Minda
  • 15 Arroyo
  • 17 Ayoví
  • 18 Bagüí
  • 19 Saritama
  • 20 Martínez
  • 21 Achilier
Ref: Ravshan Irmatov
Att: 68,351

Match Stats

Shots

17 10

On target

6 4

Corners

8 5

Fouls

9 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Switzerland 2, Ecuador 1.

90:00 +3:49 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Switzerland 2, Ecuador 1.

90:00 +2:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 2, Ecuador 1. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Ricardo Rodriguez with a cross.

89:28

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:28

Foul by Joao Rojas (Ecuador).

86:28

Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:28

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Ecuador).

85:54

Attempt saved. Michael Arroyo (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:50

Foul by Valon Behrami (Switzerland).

84:50

Michael Arroyo (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:46 Booking

Booking Johan Djourou (Switzerland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:40

Foul by Johan Djourou (Switzerland).

83:40

Enner Valencia (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:51

Offside, Ecuador. Christian Noboa tries a through ball, but Joao Rojas is caught offside.

81:27

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland).

81:27

Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:10

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Valon Behrami.

79:42

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:42

Foul by Christian Noboa (Ecuador).

76:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ecuador. Joao Rojas replaces Jefferson Montero.

74:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Switzerland. Haris Seferovic replaces Josip Drmic.

72:16

Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Admir Mehmedi.

69:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ecuador. Michael Arroyo replaces Felipe Caicedo.

69:07

Offside, Switzerland. Ricardo Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Josip Drmic is caught offside.

68:50

Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

66:11

Offside, Ecuador. Christian Noboa tries a through ball, but Frickson Erazo is caught offside.

65:34

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Diego Benaglio.

65:32

Attempt saved. Jefferson Montero (Ecuador) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Felipe Caicedo.

62:52

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:52

Foul by Christian Noboa (Ecuador).

60:38

Attempt saved. Christian Noboa (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

58:58

Attempt missed. Enner Valencia (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

57:28

Attempt blocked. Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross.

56:28

Attempt missed. Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

56:15

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

55:48

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Switzerland).

55:48

Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:23 Booking

Booking Juan Carlos Paredes (Ecuador) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:15

Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:15

Foul by Juan Carlos Paredes (Ecuador).

51:07

Attempt missed. Frickson Erazo (Ecuador) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Noboa with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

50:07

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).

50:07

Jefferson Montero (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:30

Attempt missed. Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

47:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 1, Ecuador 1. Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricardo Rodriguez with a cross following a corner.

46:28

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Walter Ayoví.

46:26

Attempt blocked. Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

45:00

Second Half begins Switzerland 0, Ecuador 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Switzerland. Admir Mehmedi replaces Valentin Stocker.

45:00 +1:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Switzerland 0, Ecuador 1.

45:00 +1:12

Attempt missed. Walter Ayoví (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antonio Valencia following a corner.

45:00 +0:52

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

44:46

Foul by Valentin Stocker (Switzerland).

44:46

Jorge Guagua (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:05

Hand ball by Felipe Caicedo (Ecuador).

43:04

Attempt blocked. Jefferson Montero (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Felipe Caicedo.

40:07

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:07

Foul by Walter Ayoví (Ecuador).

39:42

Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:42

Foul by Felipe Caicedo (Ecuador).

37:54

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Christian Noboa.

37:49

Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josip Drmic.

37:27

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:27

Foul by Walter Ayoví (Ecuador).

35:48

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Alexander Domínguez.

35:47

Attempt saved. Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ricardo Rodriguez.

34:25

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

33:55

Valon Behrami (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:55

Foul by Enner Valencia (Ecuador).

33:15

Attempt saved. Valon Behrami (Switzerland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross.

32:49

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Walter Ayoví.

31:36

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).

31:36

Jefferson Montero (Ecuador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:48

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Juan Carlos Paredes.

28:04

Offside, Ecuador. Christian Noboa tries a through ball, but Enner Valencia is caught offside.

27:20

Attempt missed. Valentin Stocker (Switzerland) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri with a cross following a corner.

27:00

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Walter Ayoví.

24:17

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Christian Noboa.

24:16

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

21:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Switzerland 0, Ecuador 1. Enner Valencia (Ecuador) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Walter Ayoví with a cross following a set piece situation.

20:45

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).

20:45

Jefferson Montero (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:54

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Alexander Domínguez.

18:52

Attempt saved. Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

17:17

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:17

Foul by Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador).

17:09

Attempt blocked. Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Montero.

15:33

Attempt saved. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

14:15

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:15

Foul by Walter Ayoví (Ecuador).

13:37

Offside, Ecuador. Jorge Guagua tries a through ball, but Felipe Caicedo is caught offside.

12:25

Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Valon Behrami.

10:46

Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:46

Foul by Carlos Gruezo (Ecuador).

6:30

Foul by Enner Valencia (Ecuador).

6:30

Steve Von Bergen (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:03

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Johan Djourou.

2:52

Christian Noboa (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:52

Foul by Valon Behrami (Switzerland).

0:49

Foul by Juan Carlos Paredes (Ecuador).

0:49

Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:13

Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Steve Von Bergen.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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