2015 WWC – Group C: Switzerland Vs. Ecuador (10-1)

13 Jun

Little did they know the bloodbath to come. It’s hard to talk about a match like this. I truly hate blowouts.

Merly Zambrano’s face says it all.

I guess the best way to phrase it was that this was a game of records.  The 11 goals scored ties the 11-0 rout of Germany over Argentina in 2007 – the most goals ever scored in a match. Fabienne Humm scored the fastest hat trick in history (5 minutes) beating the previous record of 8 minutes. Ramona Bachmann also got a hat trick including 2 goals in a minute.

There was also a third hat trick but one that will be infamous. Poor 18 year old defender Angie Ponce made two own goals but she was also scored Ecuador’s first and only goal to date in their World Cup maiden voyage. She scored on a penalty in the 64th minute.

Ponce’s first OG opened the scoring at 24′ and I should really point out that they kept Switzerland from scoring another until 45 +2′ so there’s that. The second half is when everything went completely to shit. In addition to the aforementioned hat tricks,  Eseosa Aigbogun and Martina Moser scored Switzerland’s other goals.

Quotes

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Switzerland coach
I don’t want too sound arrogant, but I was expecting us to score a lot of goals. When we got the second, we knew what was going to happen next. Prior to that we didn’t do too well. We were too slow, too nervous and too passive. I’m very critical and my players know it. It was important for them to tell me at half-time what wasn’t working. When you can score ten goals, you have to score ten goals. We tried to keep on scoring because we knew it could be important in the final group standings.

Vanessa Arauz, Ecuador coach
What this defeat shows me is that Switzerland are capable of competing with the very best, unlike us. I’ve also learned that it’s difficult for us to maintain the level we showed during the first 30 minutes because of our lack of experience. What we need is a stronger domestic league so we can be more competitive when we make it to major competitions. This is a low for us, but the goal we scored shows me that the work we’re doing counts for now and the future, even if it didn’t give us any hope in the match itself. Every single game is part of our growth process, and that includes the last match too. We’re picking up experience in tough times and we need to lift ourselves so we can have some good times in the future too.

My heart breaks for Ecuador because they have just been slaughtered in these first two games and they are facing the reigning world champs Japan next. Arauz is philosophical about the defeats while remaining hopeful for the future and I like that. I hope she can keep the spirits of her team up. While their first trip to the WWC has been difficult to say the least, I really hope that they will return stronger next time.

Next matches

Tuesday, June 16 – 5:00 PM Eastern

Ecuador vs. Japan

Switzerland vs. Cameroon

– Lozil

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