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Starting XI: Switzerland v Ecuador

Switzerland will be out to prove that their World Cup seeding was no fluke when they open their Group E account against Ecuador on Sunday.

The European nation caused a stir when they were announced as one of the seeded teams to participate in the World Cup, replacing 2006 Champions Italy.

Their passage into their tenth World Cup finals came via the penultimate match day when they topped a group comprising of Slovenia, Albania, Norway, Ireland and Cyprus.

“All in all, the team is a lot stronger than four years ago,” said Swiss skipper Stephan Lichsteiner.

“This year, we’re going to do everything in our power to reach the Round of 16, ideally by topping the group. It won’t be easy, but that’s what we have to aim for. After the group stage, anything is possible. I hope we’re going to be the surprise package at the World Cup."

For Ecuador, they showed some great strength at home that saw them go unbeaten with the exception of the match against South American heavyweights Argentina. 

Victory will be crucial for both teams in Matchday One as they will still have to come up against the unknown entity of Honduras as well as 2006 runners-up France.

Starting Switzerland XI: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Inler, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Stocker, Drmic, Djourou, Shaqiri

Starting Ecuador XI: Dominguez, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, W Ayovi, Caicedo, E Valencia, A Valencia, Gruezo


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