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Pre-match consideration had focussed on Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri’s politicised “eagle” celebrations of their final sport, and Costa Rica being the one group and not using a match aim.
However this time, the Swiss saved their focus purely on their sport and took a 31st minute lead when ahead Blerim Dzemaili blasted previous Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from shut vary following a nod down from Breel Embolo.
Already-eliminated Costa Rica twice hit the woodwork in a irritating opening 15 minutes of missed probabilities on the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on the banks of the river Volga.
However the Central People lastly scored their first aim in Russia when defender Kendall Waston powered residence Joel Campbell’s nook within the 56th minute, triggering mass celebrations like that they had received the trophy.
Swiss substitute Josip Drmic drilled residence his group’s second within the 88th minute, earlier than Bryan Ruiz struck a stoppage time penalty that hit the crossbar and went in off goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s again.
There was a bitter word for the Swiss, nonetheless, when captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, who equipped the cross for his or her first aim, took a second yellow card, that means he’ll miss the knockout conflict with Sweden on Tuesday in St Petersburg.
Regardless of their pleasure at scoring, Costa Rica’s match has general been a disappointment for his or her legions of red-clad followers and a far cry from their wonderful 2014 run to the quarter-finals once they misplaced on a penalty shootout.
Switzerland, pushed on by the ingenious Shaqiri, ended Group E as runners-up to Brazil, who beat Serbia 2-Zero to prime the group.
Each side might have received a free-flowing and open-ended sport in Nizhny Novgorod, with a flurry of late probabilities.