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Switzerland stun Ecuador with stoppage-time goal

Last updated on: June 15, 2014 19:25 IST

Haris Seferovic celebrates his goal against Ecuador A stoppage-time goal by substitute Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a 2-1 World Cup Group E victory over Ecuador on Sunday.

The teams looked as if they were about to produce the first draw of the tournament, until Seferovic's dramatic winner.

Enner Valencia headed Ecuador into the lead after 22 minutes as the South Americans showed plenty of attacking invention, but Admir Mehmedi headed an equalizer three minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute.

Switzerland, top seeds in a group that also contains France and Honduras, thought they had won it in the 70th minute when Josip Drmic latched onto a through ball to score, only for a linesman to flag it off-side.

But Seferovic did get the winner after a length-of the field breakaway following a brilliant advantage play by the referee.

- Football World Cup

Image: Haris Seferovic of Switzerland celebrates scoring his team's second goal against Ecuador.

Photograph: Stu Forster