Not to be underestimated team from Europe Switzerland will take on Ecuador on Sunday at the Estadio Nacional in Brazil.
Match: Switzerland vs Ecuador
Venue: Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
Date: June 15, at 9.30 pm IST.
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The last time the Swiss played an opening match in the world cup, they shockingly beat world Champions Spain 1-0. This is only a gentle reminder to everyone about what the Swiss are capable of. Ottmar Hitzfield’s side now open their campaign with a relatively challenging match against South American outfit and Group E peers Ecuador and the Swiss will certainly want to start things on a positive note.
They boast of a golden generation of players like Shaqiri, Inler and Lichtsteiner, all of whom have been in great form for their respective clubs. The Swiss were undefeated in their qualifiers and have lost only twice in their last 18 outings. They will surely fancy the 3 points going into this one.
Ecuador on the other hand just managed to make it to the World Cup finals. The South Americans do not poses a star studded lineup like their opposition. But can make up for that with the raw pace their winger’s poses. Antonio Valencia is their go-to man as the Manchester United winger has always been a constant performer at the national level. His bursts of pace of looping crosses are any defender’s nightmare. If the Swiss keep him in check, they can dominate the match.
Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Diego Benaglio; Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar, Steve von Bergen, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Gokhan Inler, Granit Xhaka; Valentin Stocker, Admir Mehmedi, Xherdan Shaqiri; Josip Drmic.
Ecuador (4-4-2): Alexander Dominguez; Walter Ayovi, Jorge Guagua, Frickson Erazo, Juan Carlos Paredes; Jefferson Montero, Christian Noboa, Segundo Castillo, Antonio Valencia; Enner Valencia, Felipe Caicedo.
Prediction: 2-1 Ecuador
Players to watch out for:
Switzerland – Bayern winger Xherdan Shaqiri will be Switzerland’s key player. He possesses quick feet with some fine skill to outwit any defensive lineup.
Ecuador – Valencia will indeed be their go-to man. He will penetrate the right flank invariably and dish out a lot of crosses to keep the offense on.