The Swiss team, despite the misfire in a match with Costa Rica, the seventh time reached the knockout stage of the world Cup.
Strong-willed victory over Serbia virtually secured Switzerland’s place in the 1/8 finals. The team of Vladimir Petkovic taking into account the probable defeat of Serbia from Brazil (as happened) it was enough not to lose to Costa Rica.
The solution to this problem Switzerland has given a tough – Costa Rica, unburdened by tasks that played for their fans and gave a serious fight to the favourite. The draw was a logical result of a match in which both teams could both win and lose.
The climax of the match happened in stoppage time Bryan Ruiz penalty hit the crossbar, but the ball bounced off the head of Jan Sommer was in the grid.
In the 1/8 finals Switzerland are waiting for a match with an unexpected winner of group F against Sweden. The match will take place on 3 July in Saint Petersburg.
Switzerland — Costa Rica 2:2
Goals: Dzemaili, 31, Drmic, 88 — Watson, 56, Sommer, 90+3 (goal)
Switzerland: Sommer — Lichtsteiner, Akanji, Cher, Rodriguez — Xhaka, Behrami (Zakaria, 60) — Shaqiri (Lang, 81), Dzemaili, Ambala — Lead (Drmic, 69).
Costa Rica: Navas, Acosta, Gonzalez, Watson — Gamboa (Smith 90+3), Borges Guzman (The Target, However, 90+1), Oviedo Ruiz, Campbell — Colindres (Wallace, 81).
Warning: Lichtsteiner, Zakaria, Sher — Gamboa, Campbell, Watson
Standings: Brazil 7 Switzerland – 5, Serbia – 3, Costa Rica 1.
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