Switzerland drew with a spirited Costa Rica side in their final group game to progress to the knockout stages as runners-up in Group E.
Blerim Dzemaili set the Swiss on their way with a goal in the first half, but Costa Rica didn’t make life easy for their European opponents and drew level when Kendall Watson prodded home in the second half.
The score-line in the Brazil versus Serbia match elsewhere in Group E meant that Switzerland were going through even with the draw, but it appeared as if Vladimir Petkovic’s side had grabbed the win when Josip Drmic scored in the 88th minute.
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But there was to be late drama with two penalty incidents, the first of which was overturned through VAR before the second was dispatched by Bryan Ruiz off the back of the unfortunate Swiss goalkeeper.

Switzerland's midfielder Denis Zakaria (R) vies vies for the ball with Costa Rica's forward Daniel Colindres Solera during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Switzerland and Costa Rica at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgoro

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What's going to happen to the yellow cards after the penalty-that-wasn't? There looked to be at least one waved in the aftermath - but how can players be booked for involvement in an incident that never really happened? Can that be referred to VAR? We must be told.


Daniel Colindres (Costa Rica). Creative, hard working, thoughtful.


Switzerland - Sommer 7, Lichtsteiner 7, Akanji 7, Rodriguez 7, Schar 7, Xhaka 7, Behrami 7, Dzemaili 7, Shaqiri 8, Embolo 7, Gavranovic 7. Subs: Drmic 7, Zakaria 7, Lang 7
Costa Rica - Navas 7, Acosta 7, Gonzalez 7, Oviedo 7, Gamboa 7, Waston 8, Borges 7, Colindres 8, Bryan Ruiz 7, Guzman 7, Campbell 7. Subs: Wallace 7, Smith 6, Azofeifa 7


31' GOAL! Dzemaili absolutely smashes it into the net. Shaqiri passes it to Lichtsteiner, who places the cross in, and it's nodded down by Embolo to enable Dzemaili to wallop it home from close range.
56' GOAL! There's Costa Rica's goal! It's Waston who gets the final touch as he jumps above the Swiss defence to head home a corner kick.
88' GOAL! And there's the goal that should settle Swiss nerves. Drmic finishes beautifully, meeting a cross from the right and sidefooting into the net as his marker slips.
90' DECISION REVERSED! Ruiz was offside.
90'+2 PENALTY TO COSTA RICA! NO, REALLY! Campbell was bundled over by Zakaria.
90'+3 GOAL! Ruiz converts! Ish! He hits the bar, it bounces down, then off the keeper's back into the net.

Costa Rica's defender Kendall Waston celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Switzerland and Costa Rica at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 27, 2018

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  • Sommer is the third goalkeeper to score an own goal at a World Cup after Noel Valladares in 2014 and Andoni Zubizarreta in 1998.
  • Costa Rica were the last team to score at the World Cup, with their 24th shot.
  • Their last goal at the World Cup was in the last 16 in 2014, against Greece.
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