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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Match 9 - Switzerland v. Ecuador

We start this morning with one for the wonks between two real darkhorse teams that surprised in the qualifiers - Switzerland v. Ecuador. Can Switzerland score any goals to supplement their tight defense? Can Ecuador win at slightly lower altitudes? We'll see next. Join me for the action on the LOB.

62 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams are out on the pitch enjoying the sunshine:

Swiss - Benaglio, Lichtstein, Djourou, von Bergen, Rodriguez, Behrami, Inler, Shaquiri, Xhaka, Stocker, Drmic.

Ecuador - Dominguez, Paredes, Erazo, Guagua, Ayovi, Valencia, Gruezo, Noboa, Montero, Caicedo, Valencia

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ecuador making the early running as I'd suspected. I don't rate Switzerland as highly as the Swiss-based FIFA organization does.

12:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

These two sides are real enigmas to me. I really don't know why they did so well in qualifiers.

12:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Switzerland mount an attack! Stephan Lichtsteiner scampers down the right, and then sends his cross straight into touch. It's a start.

12:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We've seen a lot of goals at this World Cup but nowhere close to the record (48 in 1934!) after 9 matches. Given the opening to this one, I suspect that we're not going to see 20 goals this afternoon.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Drmic had a half chance there but seemed reluctant to pull the trigger on his left side.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Granit Xhaka, who has the best name of any footballer at this World Cup except perhaps Carlo Costly or Constant Djackpa, hammers a 30-yarder over the bar.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shaquri, the Bayern man, drifted inside and made space for a shot there. Tested Dominguez.

12:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You can see all the red, empty seats in this picture of the teams coming out before kick-off. There are quite a lot of empty seats, the result of Fifa's, um, ambitious pricing policy.

12:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rodriguez unleashes one from the left side channel. Dominguez struggles with it.

12:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A watchable but hardly spectacular match so far with few real chances despite a few long range efforts.

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Ecuador first blood, Enner Valencia rising to nod home.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The free kick over was perfectly delivered by the dreadlocked winger Ayovi. Criminal marking job by the usually stingy Swiss defense.

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really poor, comical attempt of a short corner by the Swiss. With all the tall players, I'm surprised that they didn't wing one over.

12:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A corner whipped in to the near post and Stocker did well to beat his marker. Decent chance.

12:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Behrami got free from the corner but the cross was behind him. Didn't trouble Dominguez.

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Big appeal from the Swiss for a handball. The Uzbek ref wasn't having any of it.

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A slightly better short corner routine this time but Shaquri drives it into Dominguez' arms again. He hasn't really found his range yet.

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yet another corner from the deflected shot by Xhaka.

12:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Switzerland are repeatedly working their way to the edge of Ecuador's area, but aren't doing so well at getting inside it.

12:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm really surprised by how the South American sides, on home soil, have dropped off in their energy level after the first fifteen or twenty minutes. That's been notable for Chile, Uruguay and now with Ecuador.

12:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice block by Djourou when Montero stepped inside and launched one from distance.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Caicedo went down in the box but the Uzbek ref was distinctly unimpressed.

12:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ayovi with a really errant shot that threatened the corner flag.

12:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Ecuador 1-0 up. This has been the perfect hangover recipe. Nothing terribly exciting or jarring about it. A nice beginning to a day that should build to a crescendo with France and Argentina later on.

12:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Every time they show the Copacabana, I'm green with envy.

12:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Switzerland have now been goalless for 263 consecutive World Cup minutes.

12:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon Bob. A great day to watch the World Cup

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One change for the Swiss at the interval. Mehmedi is one for Stocker.

We're away again...

1:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, MUR - great to be sharing this World Cup afternoon with you.

1:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The sub Mehmedi makes an immediate difference, nodding home a simple set piece.

1-1!

1:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now the Swiss have their tails up. Inler trying a shot from distance.

1:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ecuador one up as
Goal !!! 1-1 Nehmedi fresh off the bench heads in from a corner bybRicardo Rodriguez.

1:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Then just wide by Inlet.

1:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That ended the scoring drought as it was a similar header to the first goal.

1:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two very similar goals, then. The set pieces were taken from the same corner at the same end, and headed in by a questionably-marked forward.

1:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ecuador win a free-kick on the left, and again they shift the ball so it's just outside of the neat shaving-foam line the referee has drawn for it when it's taken. The Swiss draw his attention to it, and he clearly doesn't care. So it must be allowed.

1:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ecuador had a header just over from a free kick then Paredes booked for a naughty challenge.

1:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This has been entertaining enough. Enner Valencia coming close there to a second goal for Ecuador.

1:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Enner Valencia .Off the stanchion.

1:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's evidence of what has been driving you and UWS crazy at OT in recent years. Antonio Valencia scampers down the wing to reach a ball and then overcooks the cross horribly.

1:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're having a scrappy spell here, with the action contained in the middle barring very occasional optimistic long-range shots.

1:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Benaglio with a kick save from Montero for a corner.

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Montero comes close with a left-footed effort. Benaglio did well to turn it around.

1:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed Bob. Enner who plays in the Mexican league has been the better Valencia.

1:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Drmic finally bundles one into the net but he's ruled offside.

1:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Drmic has a goal disallowed offside off a pass from Rodriguez.

1:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the side netting by Shaquirii then as Enner Valencia got behind Dhourou but the recovering defender cleared.

1:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Joao Rojas on for the excellent Jefferson Montero.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Substitutions: Ecuador have taken Montero off and brought on Joao Rojas. And Switzerland have taken Drmic off and brought on Seferovic.

1:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're having a spirited debate about whether the Swiss should press for a win now.

1:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Guagoa fouls Shaquiri just outside the box.

1:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall.

1:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Djourou booked for a foul.

1:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The ball is played through towards Valencia by Ayovi, but Djourou pulls the striker back as he threatens to motor clear. He is booked.

1:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Behrami with a foul just outside the box.Benaglio did well to push away the swerving free kick.

1:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 as both teams are going for the win. Three minutes of stoppage time.

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Rodriguez scores the winner after an end to end move!

2-1!

1:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Uzbek did a marvelous job playing the advantage there as Behrami raced out of defense.

1:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great tackle by Behrami then he leads a counter then
Goal 2-1. The Swiss score a last second winner as Rodriguez is the hero.

1:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed Bob. Kudos to the Uzbek ref played the advantage .Behrami was fouled as he led the break off the blocked shot. He played the ball down the left and Rodriguez put the cross away.

2:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good start to the day, then. 30 goals now in 9 matches, well over three goals per match.

2:02 PM  

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