A goal deep in stoppage-time by Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecuador in their Group E opener at the World Cup on Sunday.
A low-quality match looked destined to end in a draw until substitute Seferovic fired home the winner from close range in the last of three minutes of injury time.
Ecuador barely had time to restart before the final whistle was blown.
Enner Valencia had given Ecuador the lead in the 22nd minute at the Estadio Nacional in the Brazilian capital.
That came after abject defending and Switzerland’s equalizer in the 48th was in the same manner, with Admir Mehmedi, a substitute, heading home from close range.
It was the fifth time in nine matches so far at this World Cup that a team had come from behind to win.
Valencia stole a yard on Johan Djourou and had the simple task of guiding a glancing header into the net, with Switzerland goalkeeper, Diego Benaglio, left completely stranded.
Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team did most of the attacking but lacked a cutting edge, leading the experienced coach to change things around at halftime and introduce Mehmedi for Valentin Stocker.
And the substitute made an instant impact.
Again it was dreadful marking as Mehmedi held off two challengers to meet Ricardo Rodriguez’s 48th-minute corner with a simple header.
FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, was present and was booed by sections of the crowd at what will probably go down as the poorest game so far at this year’s tournament in Brazil, in terms of quality.
Valon Behrami was mobbed by as many teammates as Seferovic, as Ecuador hung their heads in disappointment.