Switzerland vs. Costa Rica World Cup 2018: Swiss earn 2-2 draw to advance to knockout round
Switzerland (1-1-0, 4 points) vs. Costa Rica (0-0-2, 0 points)
Group E, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Full time: Switzerland 2, Costa Rica 2
Costa Rica scored on a penalty in stoppage time to level the score, but Switzerland got the result it needed to advance to the knockout round. The Swiss, who got goals from Blerim Džemaili and Josip Drmić, finishes second in Group E behind Brazil. Switzerland moves on to face Sweden, the winner of Group G.
In the 93rd minute, Costa Rica was awarded a penalty kick after Joel Campbell drew a foul on Denis Zakaria in the box. Bryan Ruiz’s ensuing shot from the spot hit the crossbar before deflecting off of Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s back and across the goal line. Unlucky for the Swiss.
Switzerland may have punched its ticket to the knockout round with Josip Drmić’s first-time shot in the 88th minute. Credit Denis Zakaria with the assist on the goal, which gave the Swiss a 2-1 lead. All they need is a draw to advance.
Fabian Schar receives second yellow card of group stage
Should Switzerland advance, it will be without two of its four starting defenders for the next match after Fabian Schar was issued a yellow card in the 83rd minute. Earlier in the match, Stephan Lichtsteiner received his second yellow card of the group stage.
Michael Lang replaced Xherdan Shaqiri for Switzerland in the 81st minute. Los Ticos then used their first substitution when Rodney Wallace replaced Daniel Colindres.
Chances for both sides
Switzerland’s Josip Drmić headed a pass from Breel Embolo off the post in the 78th minute. Moments later, following an impressive individual effort by Joel Campbell, Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer denied a blast by Celso Borges to keep the game tied.
Yellow card to Switzerland
In the 75th minute, Switzerland’s Denis Zakaria was issued a yellow card for fouling Cristian Gamboa to put an end to a long run down the right sideline.
Another substitution for Switzerland
Josip Drmic replaced Mario Gavranovic in the 69th minute. The score remains tied, 1-1.
Substitution for Switzerland
Denis Zakaria came on for Valon Behrami in the 60th minute.
Costa Rica’s Kendall Waston may have gotten away with a slight push before heading a set piece into the back of the net to tie the game, 1-1, in the 56th minute. It’s the first goal of the World Cup for Los Ticos.
Joel Campbell misses the net
Costa Rica had a chance to level the score in the 48th minute, but his shot from the center of the box sailed left of the goal.
Halftime update: Switzerland 1, Costa Rica 0
About 45 minutes stand between the Swiss and a spot in the knockout round. They’ll move on with at least a draw.
Lichsteiner receives second yellow card of group stage
Switzerland’s Stephan Lichtsteiner was issued a yellow card in the 37th minute, his second of the group stage. If the Swiss advance, which they’ll do with at least a draw against Costa Rica, Lichsteiner will miss their round of 16 game.
Switzerland took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute when Blerim Džemaili blasted a shot into an open net off a header by Breel Embolo. Stephan Lichtsteiner set up the play with a gorgeous cross from the right side.
Yellow card to Joel Campbell
In the 29th minute, Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell was issued a yellow card for an inadvertent elbow to the face of Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji.
Yann Sommer stays busy
The Switzerland goalkeeper had to dive to deflect a left-footed blast from Bryan Oviedo wide of the net in the 19th minute. While Switzerland has dominated possession, Costa Rica is responsible for all four shots on goal thus far.
Off the woodwork
It’s been all Costa Rica since the first couple of minutes. In the 10th minute, Daniel Colindres missed giving Los Ticos a 1-0 lead by mere inches when he ripped a shot from outside the box off the crossbar.
Two golden opportunities for Costa Rica
In the sixth minute, Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer was forced to make a couple of difficult saves. The first came on a left-footed curler from Joel Campbell. Moments later, Sommer dove to knock away a header by Celso Borges.
Switzerland will advance to the knockout round for the third time in the past four World Cups with either a win or a draw against Costa Rica. Should the Swiss lose to Los Ticos, who have already been eliminated and are looking to play spoiler, they could still reach the round of 16 if Brazil loses to Serbia. Switzerland has erased one-goal deficits in each of its first two matches of the group stage, while Costa Rica has yet to score in the tournament.
The two sides have split their previous two meetings on the international stage. Switzerland won a friendly, 2-0, in 2006. Los Ticos managed a 1-0 win in 2010