Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1: Player ratings as ex-West Ham man stars

Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1: Player ratings as the Swiss score a dramatic 93rd-minute winner

Switzerland
2
Ecuador
1

Switzerland

Diego Benaglio Criticised by ITV pundit Clarke Carlisle for punching a couple of early crosses. Could do little about Ecuador’s goal. 6

Stephan Lichtsteiner Conceded a dangerous free-kick which led to Valencia’s 22nd-minute opener. The Juve full-back looked limited going forward but his work ethic could not be questioned. 6

Johan Djourou Lumbered with marking two players defending a set-piece and couldn’t cope as Ecuador took the lead. Did well to stop the pacey Montero minutes after Valencia’s opener. The former Arsenal man didn’t instill confidence with some nervy moments. 5

Steve von Bergen Wasn’t called into action as often as Djourou. Solid at the heart of the Swiss defence. 6

Ricardo Rodriguez Increasingly crept into the Ecuador half as Switzerland sought an equaliser. Delivered one particularly dangerous cross. 7

Valon Behrami (Man-of-the-match) The Napoli midfielder sat at the base of Switzerland’s midfield as Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men poured forward following Ecuador’s opener. Tested Dominguez with a relatively tame header. However, the former West Ham United midfielder was the late star as he denied an almost certain Ecuador goal before getting on his feet and riding a challenge in the lead up to the injury-time winner. Wins man-of-the-match for a solid performance, but crucially, for his vital contribution in the final minute. 8

Gokhan Inler The Switzerland captain conjured a bobbling long-range effort which required a save from Dominguez. Whilst the Napoli midfielder wasn’t at his best, Inler was still a force to be reckoned with. 7

Xherdan Shaqiri The Bayern midfielder was key to every Swiss attack. Everything went through the Liverpool target. Flashed a second-half effort into the side netting. Looked the most likely to conjure a winner. 7

Granit Xhaka Had a deflected shot in the first half. Wasted a dangerous Switzerland counter-attack as he played the ball out wide to Shaqiri as opposed to Drmic making a central run. 6

Valentin Stocker Struggled against Ecuador’s deep-lying defence and was unsurprisingly substituted as Hitzfeld sought to find a way back into the Group E clash. 5

Josip Drmic The Swiss striker was quiet. However, he was denied the chance to score the winner when Xhaka picked the wrong option as Switzerland failed to make a 3v1 situation count. 5

Substitutes

Admir Mehmedi The Freiburg striker continued his prolific form with a 47th-minute header after his half-time introduction. Added much-needed width. 7

Haris Seferovic Completed the super sub double act as he netted a 93rd-minute winner. 7

Ecuador

Alexander Dominguez Bizarrely walked off his line to allow substitute Mehmedi to direct his header into an empty net. 4

Juan Carlos Paredes Booked for a yellow card after cynically stopping a Switzerland counter-attack. Struggled against substitute Mehmedi after keeping Stocker quiet. 5

Frickson Erazo The Ecuador defender was a real handful at set-pieces but couldn’t keep his headed attempts down. Defensively solid. 6

Jorge Guagua Wasn’t helped by his goalkeeper as Mehmedi levelled within three minutes of the restart. 5

Walter Ayovi Cheekily placed the ball outside the referee’s foam circle indicating the spot where the foul had occurred and delivered a perfect cross for Enner Valencia. Couldn’t miss. 7

Antonio Valencia The Manchester United winger was muted in Ecuador’s opener. Hitzfeld set up his side to counter the midfielder’s pace. 6
Carlos Gruezo Penalised for a couple of feisty challenges in the first half. 5

Cristian Noboa Played the role of a midfield enforcer and he kept close tabs on Shaqiri. Conceded a dangerous free-kick on the edge of his area with eight minutes remaining. 6

Jefferson Montero Was eye-catching on the wing as he looked to take on Juventus full-back Lichtsteiner. Cut in from the left wing to great effect. Struggled after half-time as Hitzfeld managed to swamp the winger. 8

Felipe Caicedo Selfishly failed to square to a team-mate when Ecuador had a two-on-one situation. 6

Enner Valencia Powerful header from six-yards out which left Benaglio with no chance. Superb solo run resulted in a powerful strike which flew inches over the Switzerland crossbar. A constant nuisance. 8

Substitutes

Michael Arroyo Didn’t have much of an impact. Missed the crucial late chance as he was dispossessed by Behrami, leading to a Swiss counter-attack and the winner. 6

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