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Angie Ponce (og 24, 71) Eseosa Aigbogun (45+2), Fabienne Humm (47, 49, 52), Ramona Bachmann (pen 60, 61, 81) Martina Moser (76).
Angie Ponce (pen 64)
Switzerland made two changes from their opening game, with Rahel Kiwic and Eseosa Aigbogun replacing Vanessa Bernauer and Lara Dickenmann. Ecuador also made two changes with Ingrid Rodriguez and Ana Palacios replacing Ambar Torres and Madelin Riera.
Switzerland should have scored after 4 minutes when Ana Maria Crnogorcevic’s driven header hits the crossbar. Minutes later they had another glorious chance when, with an open goal, Eseosa Aigbogun’s shot hit the post. Crnogorcevic then sent up Bachmann who shot over from 10 yards.
But in the 25th minute, they took the lead. Fabienne Humm broke into the box, and her pull-back pass deflects off Angie Ponce and into the net, despite Ingrid Rodriguez’s best efforts.
Crnogorcevic’s cross was headed back across goal by Aigbogun to Humm, but her header was well saved by Shirley Berruz.
But on the stroke of half-time, Switzerland doubled their advantage. Lovely skill down the left saw Crnogorcevic beat Rodriguez, and she then set up Aigbogun who this time scored into the empty net.
And then came a crazy five minutes early in the second half. Martina Moser’s pass picked out Humm, and from 20 yards, her curling shot flew into the top left corner. Two minutes later, Lia Waelti’s cross picked out Humm at the far post and she scored with a guided header. And five minutes after scoring her first, Humm completed her hat-trick. Cinzia Zehnder, who had only just come on, played Aigbogun into the box. Her cut-back found Humm, whose initial shot was saved by Berruz, but the ball cannoned off a defender and towards goal – but Humm bundled the ball over the line to claim the goal.
And then Ecuador conceded their fourth penalty of the World Cup, as Nancy Aguilar brought down Romona Bachmann in the box. Bachmann then converted the penalty, placing it just to the right of centre with Berruz diving the wrong way – making it 6-0 to Switzerland.
The next minute it was 7-0. Bachmann sprinted past three players and into the box before she launched an unstoppable shot past the keeper.
But then Ecuador won a penalty. Ana Palacios’ free-kick was challenged by Rahel Kiwic who was adjudged to have fouled Monica Quinteros. Angie Ponce, Ecuador’s set-piece specialist, calmly passed the ball into the bottom-right corner to make in 7-1 – scoring Ecuador’s first World Cup goal.
In the 70th minute, Ponce completed a sort-of hat-trick. Switzerland played a corner shot, and Moser’s cross was turned in by Ponce to make in 8-1.
Then it was 9-1. From the edge of the box, Moser fired her shot straight at Berruz, but the backspin from her parry sent the ball over the line.
And then Bachmann completed her hat-trick. Nicole Remund picked her out in the box, and she turned her defender before placing the ball past the keeper to make it 10-1.
Switzerland now faces a must-win game against Cameroon to decide who qualifies from Group C, but they will have goal difference on their side.
Woman of the Match
Romana Bachmman – Switzerland
Switzerland: (4-4-2) Gaelle Thalmann, Noelle Maritz (Nicole Remund 57), Caroline Abbe (c) (Cinzia Zehnder 51), Rahel Kiwic (Selina Kuster 72), Rachel Rinast, Eseosa Aigbogun, Martina Moser, Lia Waelti, Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, Fabienne Humm, Romana Bachmann.
Goals: Angie Ponce og 24, og 71; Eseosa Aigbogun 45+2; Fabienne Humm 47, 49, 52; Romona Bachmann pen 60, 61, 81; Martina Moser 76.
Ecuador: (4-2-3-1) Shirley Berruz, Ingrid Rodriguez, Katherine Ortiz (Alexandra Salvador HT), Nancy Aguilar (c), Angie Ponce, Mayra Olvera, Denise Pesantes, Kerlly Real, Ana Palacios (Adriana Barre 69), Mabel Velarde (Erika Vasquez 79), Monica Quinteros.
Goal: Angie Ponc pen 64.
Booked: Denise Pesantes 72.