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Swiss score dramatic 2-1 win against Ecuador

Switzerland won its first World Cup football game in dramatic fashion in Brasilia on Sunday with a 2-1 win against Ecuador.

Swiss score dramatic 2-1 win against Ecuador
Swiss fans cheer during their team's first World Cup match against Ecuador. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Haris Seferovic, sent on as a substitute, put the ball in the net for Switzerland in the 93rd minute to salvage what had been a frustrating game for the Swiss side.

The goal came minutes after Ecuador threatened to score at the other end.

Switzerland struggled in the first half when Ecuador scored the only goal.

An unmarked Enner Valencia headed the ball into the net on a corner cross from Walter Ayovi at the 22-minute mark.

In the second half, Admir Mehmedi equalized for Switzerland with a header, just two minutes after walking on the pitch as a substitute.

"Catastrophic" was how a commentator for Swiss broadcaster TSR described Switzerland's game in the first 45 minutes.

But the team showed greater ambition in the second half, even if the Nati missed out on opportunities.

At the 70-minute mark, Josip Drmic put the ball past Ecuador goalie Alexander Dominguez but a linesman flagged it as off-side.

A video replay of the goal indicated the goal should have been allowed.

For Switzerland, ranked sixth best team in the world by Fifa, the victory against 26th-ranked Ecuador was harder come by than expected.

"Hopp Schwiiz!" the traditional rallying cry of supporters became "ouf, Schwiiz".

For coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, the final result clearly came as a relief, gaining the team three points in its Group E, putting it in a good position to advance to the final 16.

Switzerland plays France, who on Sunday beat Honduras 3-0, on June 20th and Honduras on June 25th. 

See also: History made as France beat Honduras

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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