FIFA World Cup 2018: Switzerland draw 2-2 with Costa Rica, enter round of 16

Switzerland will take on Sweden in the round of 16. Unfortunately, Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner will miss the pre-quarters for Switzerland after picking up two yellow cards. 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Switzerland draw 2-2 with Costa Rica, enter round of 16
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Moscow:  Switzerland would be happy with the 2-2 draw with Costa Rica, as they make it to the knockout stages. Costa Rica fought till the end and will be happy to end their World Cup campaign on a positive note. Switzerland will take on Sweden in the round of 16. Unfortunately, Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner will miss the pre-quarters for Switzerland after picking up two yellow cards. 

Follow the match updates here:

Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica!

FULL-TIME!

Costa Rica 2-2 Switzerland!

90+3 minute: GOAL!!! Bryan Ruiz hits the crossbar but the ball hits goalkeeper Sommer on the back and finds its way into the net. 

90+2 minute: Penalty!  Switzerland Denis Zakaria concedes a foul in the penalty box. 

90 minute: NO PENALTY! The referee overturns his decision after VAR disregards it. Bryan Ruiz had gone down in the box but it was offside. 

89 minute: Yellow card! Costa Rica's Waston gets a yellow card. 

Switzerland 2-1 Costa Rica!

88 minute: GOAL!!! Switzerland's Drmic scores a stunning goal into the bottom right corner off a brilliant cross from Denis Zakaria. 

4 minutes to go!

83 minute: Yellow card! Switzerland Fabian Schar gets booked for a challenge on Campbell. 

81 minute: Substitution for Switzerland. Lang in for Shaqiri. Substitution for Costa Rica. Wallace replaces Colindres. 

75 minute: Yellow card! Switzerland's D. Zakaria gets booked for a foul on Gamboa. 

74 minute: Free-kick to Switzerland as Shaqiri goes down after a challenge from Costa Rica's Oviedo. 

Costa Rica have not had a single win in their last five World Cup matches. They would want to change that today. 

69 minute: Substitution for Switzerland. J. Drmic in for M. Gavranovic.  

68 minute: The Swiss players are pushing hard but the team management would keep an eye in the other Group E clash, where Brazil lead Serbia 2-0. 

60 minute: Substitution for Switzerland. D. Zakaria in for V. Behrami. 

Costa Rica 1-1 Switzerland!

56 minute: GOAL!!! Waston powers a header into the Swiss goal off a corner.  

54  minute: MISS! Costa Rica's Oviedo goes umarked in the Swiss penalty box but skies the ball away from the goal. Costa Rica are giving away golden opportunities. 

50 minute: Costa Rica look confident in the midfield but fail to make most of their chances in the final third. They certainly want to bow out with a win here. 

48 minute: MISS!  Costa Rica's Campbell attempts a volley from close range but shoots it wide. 

46 minute: Free-kick to Switzerland as Shaqiri goes down after a challenge from Oviedo. 

Second-half is underway!

 

 

Switzerland 1-0 Costa Rica!

Half-time!

1 minute of Stoppage time!

43 minute: Switzerland's Embolo sprints in the left flank and crosses the ball from the far corner but fails to trouble the Costa Rican goalkeeper. 

39 minute: Lichtsteiner finds Shaqiri with a brilliant through ball but the ball is cleared away by a Costa Rican defender. Corner for Switzerland. 

37 minute: Yellow card! Switzerland's Lichtsteiner gets booked. Free-kick to Costa Rica. 

Switzerland 1-0 Costa Rica!

31 minute: GOAL!!! Switzerland's Dzemaili waits for the ball to drop and shoots a powerful volley to take Switzerland 1-0. 

29 minute: Yellow Card! Costa Rica's Campbell gets booked for elbowing Akanji. Free-kick to Switzerland. 

24 minute: Another brilliant attack by Costa Rica. Colindres threatened to score from the box but his shot is blocked by a Swiss defender. Corner for Costa Rica. 

20 minute: Costa Rica's Oviedo attempts a shot from distance but misses the target by a whisker. That was close. Costa Rica continue to keep goalkeeper Sommer busy. 

17 minute: Switzerland's Gavranovic picks up a pass from Shaqiri on the left, but hits the ball wide. MISS!

11 minute: Yellow card! Costa Rica's Gamboa gets a yellow card for a challenge on Embolo. 

10 minute: Daniel Colindres latches on to an error by a Swiss player near the box and fires the ball towards the goal but the ball hits the sidebar. What an effort. 

7 minute: Costa Rica's Colindres picks up a pass near the box but clouds the ball away. 

6 minute:  That was close! The Costa Rican players are up and attacking with three shots on target in less than a minute. Switzerland look sloppy in the midfield, they need to be careful here. 

4 minute: Shaqiri finds space on the right-flank and passes it to a teammate in this box but his shot is blocked by the Costa Rican defender. 

2 minute: Free-kick to Switzerland in a dangerous position. Shaqiri shoots the ball wide from the Costa Rican goal. 

Kick-off

Lineups 

Switzerland XI:  Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichtsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami; Embolo, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Gavranovic.

Costa Rica XI:  Navas; Oviedo, Waston, Gonzalez, Acosta, Gamboa; Guzman, Borges; Ruiz, Campbell, Colindres. 

The Swiss team would look to continue their good form after a 2-1 win over Serbia and a remarkable 1-1 draw against Brazil. However, Costa Rica, who lost both their opening group games, will fancy a consolation win over Switzerland. 

Squads:

Switzerland: 

Goalkeepers - Roman Buerki, Yvon Mvogo, Yann Sommer.

Defenders - Manuel Akanji, Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Francois Moubandje, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer. 

Midfielders - Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria, Steven Zuber.

Forwards - Josip Drmic, Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic, Mario Gavranovic

Costa Rica:

Goalkeepers - Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira.

Defenders - Giancarlo Gonzalez, Johnny Acosta, Christian Gamboa, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Ronald, Matarrita, Ian Smith.

Midfielders - Celso Borges, Christian Bolaños, Randall Azofeifa, Yeltsin Tejeda, David Guzman, Rodney Wallace, Daniel Colindres.

Forwards - Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Marco Ureña, Johan Venegas.

 

 

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