Switzerland score dramatic victory

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka (left) is challenged by Hondruas defender Juan Carlos Garcia during their Group E match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus.
Switzerland's Granit Xhaka (left) is challenged by Hondruas defender Juan Carlos Garcia during their Group E match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus.
Switzerland's Josip Drmic (top) fights for the ball with Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Switzerland's Josip Drmic (top) fights for the ball with Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri fires his second goal past Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri fires his second goal past Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Jerry Bengtson of Honduras (right) watches as his shot is cleared off the line by Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez.
Jerry Bengtson of Honduras (right) watches as his shot is cleared off the line by Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez.
Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez falls into the net after clearing a shot by Jerry Bengston off the line.
Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez falls into the net after clearing a shot by Jerry Bengston off the line.
Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri acknowledges the fans after his country's 3-0 victory over Honduras.
Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri acknowledges the fans after his country's 3-0 victory over Honduras.
France's Paul Pogba (centre) fights for the ball with Ecuador's Cristian Noboa (right) during their 0-0 draw in Rio de Janeiro.
France's Paul Pogba (centre) fights for the ball with Ecuador's Cristian Noboa (right) during their 0-0 draw in Rio de Janeiro.
Walter Ayovi of Ecuador reacts after a 0-0 draw with France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Walter Ayovi of Ecuador reacts after a 0-0 draw with France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Ecuador's Walter Ayovi fights for the ball with France's Moussa Sissoko (right) during their Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Ecuador's Walter Ayovi fights for the ball with France's Moussa Sissoko (right) during their Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Oscar Bagui of Ecuador controls the ball against Loic Remy of France during their Group E World Cup match.
Oscar Bagui of Ecuador controls the ball against Loic Remy of France during their Group E World Cup match.
France's Olivier Giroud (second right) reacts after missing a chance to score against Ecuador at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
France's Olivier Giroud (second right) reacts after missing a chance to score against Ecuador at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Felipe Caicedo of Ecuador challenges Laurent Koscielny of France during their World Cup Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Felipe Caicedo of Ecuador challenges Laurent Koscielny of France during their World Cup Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Enner Valencia (No 13) of Ecuador celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal against Honduras at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Enner Valencia (No 13) of Ecuador celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal against Honduras at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Carlo Costly of Honduras celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Group E match between Honduras and Ecuador at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Carlo Costly of Honduras celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Group E match between Honduras and Ecuador at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia celebrates after scoring a goal past goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras during their 2014 World Cup Group E football match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia celebrates after scoring a goal past goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras during their 2014 World Cup Group E football match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia comes up with a novel way to celebrate after scoring a goal against Honduras.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia comes up with a novel way to celebrate after scoring a goal against Honduras.
Juan Carlos Garcia of Honduras controls the ball past Antonio Valencia of Ecuador during their clash at the World Cup.
Juan Carlos Garcia of Honduras controls the ball past Antonio Valencia of Ecuador during their clash at the World Cup.
A French fan approaches France's Mathieu Valbuena and Yohan Cabaye after their 2014 World Cup Group E match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, Brazil.
A French fan approaches France's Mathieu Valbuena and Yohan Cabaye after their 2014 World Cup Group E match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, Brazil.

France's Karim Benzema (left) watches as Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri falls to the ground in front of him as they fight for the ball during their World Cup clash.
France's Karim Benzema (left) watches as Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri falls to the ground in front of him as they fight for the ball during their World Cup clash.
France's Olivier Giroud (top) celebrates with teammate Mathieu Valbuena their team's victory over Switzerland.
France's Olivier Giroud (top) celebrates with teammate Mathieu Valbuena their team's victory over Switzerland.
Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland fights off Mathieu Debuchy of France during the Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland fights off Mathieu Debuchy of France during the Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
Karim Benzema of France celebrates a goal that came after the referee had blown full time during his side's win over Switzerland in Salvador, Brazil.
Karim Benzema of France celebrates a goal that came after the referee had blown full time during his side's win over Switzerland in Salvador, Brazil.
France's Karim Benzema shoots to score during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
France's Karim Benzema shoots to score during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
France's Blaise Matuidi tries to score a goal during their Group E match against Honduras.
France's Blaise Matuidi tries to score a goal during their Group E match against Honduras.
France's Paul Pogba falls near teammate Antoine Griezmann after being fouled by Wilson Palacios of Honduras.
France's Paul Pogba falls near teammate Antoine Griezmann after being fouled by Wilson Palacios of Honduras.
Goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras scores an own goal, France's second, as he fumbles the ball over the line during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
Goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras scores an own goal, France's second, as he fumbles the ball over the line during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
Roger Espinoza and Oscar Boniek Garcia of Honduras protest France's second goal.
Roger Espinoza and Oscar Boniek Garcia of Honduras protest France's second goal.
A general view as the teams line up prior to the Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio.
A general view as the teams line up prior to the Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio.
A Switzerland fan arrives at the National stadium to watch his team play Ecuador.
A Switzerland fan arrives at the National stadium to watch his team play Ecuador.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou and Stephan Lichtsteinerf ight for the ball with Ecuador's Jefferson Montero.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou and Stephan Lichtsteinerf ight for the ball with Ecuador's Jefferson Montero.
Switzerland's Haris Seferovic (9) celebrates his goal against Ecuador with his teammates
Switzerland's Haris Seferovic (9) celebrates his goal against Ecuador with his teammates
Gokhan Inler of Switzerland controls the ball against Juan Carlos Paredes of Ecuador.
Gokhan Inler of Switzerland controls the ball against Juan Carlos Paredes of Ecuador.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou fights for the ball with Ecuador's Felipe Caicedo.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou fights for the ball with Ecuador's Felipe Caicedo.
Fans of Ecuador cheer before the start of the Group E match against Switzerland.
Fans of Ecuador cheer before the start of the Group E match against Switzerland.

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 Estadio Nacional in the Brazilian capital. That came after abject defending and Switzerland's equalizer in the 48th was in the same vein, Admir Mehmedi - another substitute - heading home from close range.

Admir Mehmedi celebrates opening the scoring for Switzerland in their World Cup opener against Ecuador.
Admir Mehmedi celebrates opening the scoring for Switzerland in their World Cup opener against Ecuador.

It was the fifth time in nine matches so far at this World Cup that a team had come from behind to win.

After being among the bores of the last two World Cups, it was expected to be all change for Switzerland - ranked No 6 by Fifa and the top-seeded team in a group also containing France and Honduras.

Its young, dynamic class of 2014 that had come up together through the national youth ranks provided drama with the late, late goal but had offered little in the previous 92 minutes.

They were especially disappointing in the first half, misplacing passes and overhitting crosses. Usually the Swiss can rely on a watertight defence that had conceded just once in its previous seven World Cup matches, but not this time.

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.

However, with what was nearly the last kick of the game, Rodriguez scampered down the left wing and crossed low for Seferovic to slam high into the net from close range. Only seconds earlier, Valon Behrami had made a superb tackle in his own area, before charging forward to set up the winning move.

Behrami was mobbed by as many teammates as Seferovic as Ecuador hung their heads in disappointment.

 

AP