Switzerland kept polities the field and Costa Rica broke their World Cup duck in an exciting 2-2 draw on Wednesday that saw the Europeans through to the following round of the World Cup where they will confront Sweden.
Pre-match consideration had focused on Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri’s politicized “falcon” celebration in their last match, and Costa Rica being the main group without a competition goal.
Yet, this time, the Swiss maintained their attention simply on their match and took a 31st minute lead when forward Blerim Dzemaili blasted past Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from short proximity following a gesture down from Breel Embolo.
Already eliminated Costa Rica twice hit the woodwork in a disappointing opening 15 minutes of missed possibilities at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on the banks of the stream Volga.
Be that as it may, the Central Americans at long last scored their first goal in Russia when defender Kendall Waston powered home Joel Campbell’s corner in the 56th minutee, activating mass celebrations like they had won the trophy.
Swiss substitute Josip Drmic drilled home his group’s second in the 88th minute, before Bryan Ruiz struck a stoppage time penalty that hit the crossbar and went in off goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s back.
There was a harsh note for the Swiss, notwithstanding, when skipper Stephan Lichtsteiner, who provided the cross for their first goal, took a second yellow card, which means he will miss the knockout clash with Sweden on Tuesday in St Petersburg.
Regardless of their euphoria at scoring, Costa Rica’s competition has by and large been a failure for their armies of red-clad fans and a long ways from their grand 2014 raced to the quarter-finals when they lost on a penalty shootout.
Switzerland, driven on by the creative Shaqiri, finished Group E as sprinters up to Brazil, who beat Serbia 2-0 to top the group.
The two sides could have won a free-streaming and open-ended match in Nizhny Novgorod, with a whirlwind recently risks.