0 – Ecuador have not drawn any of their 7 previous World Cup matches.
1 – Switzerland have conceded only 1 goal in their last 7 matches at World Cups. This was scored by Chile’s Mark González four years ago.
3 – Centre-back Fabian Schär was top score in qualifying for Switzerland with 3 goals. The FC Basel defender is a doubt for his country’s opening game.
3 – Switzerland have failed to score against a South American team in their last three World Cup meetings.
4 – Switzerland have lost their last three games versus South American opponents at World Cups. They lost 1-0 to Chile four years ago, 2-0 to Colombia in USA ’94, 2-0 to Argentina in 1966 and 3-1 to Chile in 1962.
4 – Enner Valencia has scored in his last four matches for Ecuador including a recent 2-2 friendly with England.
5 – Ecuador picked up 5 points from their last 5 games in qualifying after the passing of Christian Benítez, reaching the finals on goal difference.
7 – Felipe Caicedo scored 7 goals in 9 qualification matches.
75% – 3 of Ecuador’s 4 defeats at World Cups have come to European sides. They lost to Italy in 2002 and Germany and England in 2006. They did beat Croatia in 2002 and Poland in 2006. Their only other World Cup defeat came against Mexico.
1985 – Switzerland haven’t played a match in South America since 1985.