Last second drama in Group E opener
This is the game everyone circled on their calendars once the schedules were announced. The hype machine didn’t go into sleep mode to save up energy for this one. But don’t let that fool you—there was some exceptional talent on the field, and it had the most exciting ending of any game in the tournament thus far. Let’s go to Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, for our favorite GIFs.
Shaqiri (no relation to Shakira) had the best chance of the match, but his shot went straight to Dominguez and his tender arms.
Enner Valencia’s goal. This is what happens when you don’t pick a side, Switzerland.
Like I said … oxygen … energy … altitude. Even the Ecuadorian fans are feeling it. This isn’t even in slow motion.
Here’s Switzerland’s Gokhan Inler sending a loving shot right past the Ecuadorian goalkeeper’s tender arms.
What is there to say that this picture of Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld doesn’t explain? His troops have shown a lot of promise, but seem to be allergic to scoring. If things continue as they did during the first half, I can’t see that continuing long. Also, Hitzfeld looks more like Walter Matthau. I’ve been thinking about that.
Perhaps there was a penalty missed in the first half. Me? I’m neutral on the topic. Get it. Neutral … on the topic. Neutral. Switzerland. Neu-tral.
Admir Mehmedi cheats on Tender Hands.
Juan Carlos Paredes was booked for this foul. This isn’t why I’m going to write a letter to his coach suggesting counseling; it was his non-reaction that I found problematic.
Benaglio’s decision to leave the box nearly costs Switzerland. If Benaglio’s decision-making was more neutral, he wouldn’t have been in this mess. I call this indecisive commitment.
What a finish. There have been a ton of goals so far in Brazil. Despite the torrential rains, the Soccer Gods have been blessing us. Whatever we’re doing, we have to keep on doing it. Ecuador had their moments today, but you have to say that 2-1 probably reflects the balance of play. It was a committed performance by the Swiss, despite all of their neutrality baggage. If any play captured the game’s flow, it was the game’s last sequence. I’ll leave you with that. Until next time. Ta.