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Switzerland vs Costa Rica: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, scores, blog

27th June, 2018

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Switzerland vs Costa Rica

2018 FIFA World Cup

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Switzerland Costa Rica
2 SCORE 2
13 Shots 14
6 Corners 5
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
Where: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
When: 4am AEST
TV: SBS, Optus Sport
Betting: Switzerland $1.62, Costa Rica $6.25, Draw $4.33

Switzerland
Roman Burki, Yvon Mvogo, Yann Sommer, Manuel Akanji, Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Jacques-Francois Moubandje, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria, Josip Drmic, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Haris Seferovic

Costa Rica
Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena
Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami and Fabian Schaer of Switzerland celebrate a victory after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Andrey Bogunov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Match result:

A courageous Costa Rican performance earned them their first goals and point of the tournament, while Switzerland finish second in the group and march on to a round of 16 match against Sweden.

The Swiss will be aiming for a better performance against their European counterparts, as the Central American nation caused their opponents many headaches defensively.

They will be without captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schaer as both received their second yellow cards of the tournaments. As a result ultimately half of their back four will be unavailable.

There is room for improvement and the Swedish will test the Swiss’ credentials, especially as they come off the complete annihilation of Mexico which saw them leap from third to first in Group F.

Final score
Switzerland 2
Costa Rica 2

Match preview:

Switzerland and Costa Rica have had differing World Cup campaigns and they will clash in the final matchday. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4am (AEST).

The world number six incredibly have four points from a possible six after being drawn with the toughest start possible in Group E.

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A ruthless and dogged performance against one of the cup heavyweights Brazil earned themselves a point. Whilst a second-half comeback, including a stoppage-time winner got them over the line against Serbia, in what was deemed before the start of the tournament as the playoff for second.

Costa Rica, on the other hand, have struggled in attack but have gained plaudits for their defensive efforts.

Two close losses ended their cup dreams in very unfortunate situations. A masterclass free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov edged Serbia over the line, then two late stoppage time goals put an end to Costa Rica’s hopes seeing the Brazilians with their first victory.

Costa Rica only have pride to play for as they search for a solidarity World Cup point and goal before jetting back home but struggle tactically going forward.

Switzerland have impressed fans and are viewed as a promising team though they faced plenty of criticism for their NBA styled “hack-a-Shaq” tactics against Neymar.

Prediction
There are three possible scenarios involving Switzerland. Finishing 1st, 2nd or even missing out altogether. With the favoured opponent heading into the final matchday, Switzerland should be able to get the victory and depending on the result between Brazil and Serbia, could even see themselves finishing 1st. Though a possible meeting with the Germans is on the cards.

Switzerland 2-0

Join The Roar for live coverage of the game between Switzerland and Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium from 4am (AEST).

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