Goals are coming fast and furious in this World Cup, which is a refreshing change from the cautious approach of the last couple of tournaments. However, some teams can’t defend so they resort to grimier tactics.
Switzerland‘s reputation as a tournament dark horse was tested right away, as Ecuador pushed them high up and got the first goal (off a free kick, mind you). However, the Swiss substitutions made the difference. Admir Mehmedi came on for Valentin Stocker after the break, and three minutes later, he headed in the first Swiss goal off a Ricardo Rodríguez corner. Rodríguez had a super game, especially during the free-for-all at the end when he sent the cross across the net for substitute Haris Seferovic to send the ball into the net, breaking the deadlock in extra-time and sending Swiss supporters into delirium. Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador
Honduras didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory yesterday. Besides sitting back while France came at them, they forgot to aim for the ball. Consequently many of their kicks finished on the shins and hamstrings of French players. The height of stupidity was achieved by Stoke City’s Wilson Palacios, who drove Paul Pogba in the back while the French player went for the ball. A second yellow for the Honduran meant his team was down to 10 men for the entire second half. Karim Benzema easily put home the penalty and France were on the board. Benzema actually had a hand in all three goals: the second was a shot off the post that the goalkeeper bobbled into the net (requiring the use of goal-line technology), and the third was a cracker. France 3-0 Honduras