Sunday 24 February 2019

Swiss set up Sweden tie

Group E: Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2

Goal: Blerim Dzemaili
Goal: Blerim Dzemaili

Switzerland will meet Sweden in the last 16 of the World Cup as they secured safe passage from Group E with a dramatic late draw against Costa Rica.

While Costa Rica were already out having lost their opening two matches, they were the better side in Nizhny Novgorod and were good value for their 2-2 draw.

Blerim Dzemaili opened the scoring for Switzerland after they had been largely on the back-foot with Kendall Watson marking his introduction into the Costa Rica side by levelling with a second-half header.

Josip Drmic came off the bench to seemingly win it for the Swiss late on, only for a late Costa Rica equaliser coming courtesy of a Yann Sommer own goal as Bryan Ruiz's penalty went in off the Switzerland goalkeeper.

Vladimir Petkovic's side will now take on fellow Europeans Sweden in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday as Brazil's victory over Serbia ensured the five-time winners progressed as Group E winners.

Meanwhile, Switzerland have announced that will be no more politically-charged celebrations, after Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri escaped bans following last Friday's victory over Serbia.

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