Switzerland and Costa Rica played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in their final Group E match on Wednesday (June 27). Switzerland did just enough to ensure they moved on to the next round as group runners-up while Costa Rica at least ended their World Cup campaign on a positive note.
The Central Americans were the more assertive of the two sides and were duly rewarded with their first two goals of the competition. Costa Rica's goals mean that all 32 teams have scored in this World Cup. For Switzerland, their strengths and weaknesses were on full display - dangerous going forward but with a plodding back-line liable to be caught out on counter-attacks.
Here's the lowdown for the game:
1. THE GOALS
Switzerland 2 (Dzemaili 31st, Drmic 88th) Costa Rica 2 (Waston 56th, Sommer (og) 90th)
2. THE WOW MOMENT
Costa Rica's Joel Campbell embarked on a twisting, snaking run in the 78th minute that seemed to take him through the entire Switzerland team. He was eventually stopped in the penalty box but still managed to end up with the ball after although the attack eventually petered out. A tremendous display of speed and skill from the Arsenal man.
3. THE TALKING POINT
Erratic was the word for Switzerland's display. They produced a number of quality attacking moves that reflected their pedigree but at the same time appeared to switch off for far too many instances in the middle of the park and in defence. Costa Rica exposed them time and again in this one and against better teams the Swiss might not find getting of out jail free as straightforward a matter.
4. THE STAR
Joel Campbell. The winger tormented the Swiss defence all night with his pace and trickery, and it was his run into the box that resulted in Costa Rica's late penalty.
5. WHAT THE RESULT MEANS
As Group E runners-up on five points, Switzerland go on to face Sweden in the round-of-16. They need to find a way to fix many of the defensive frailties we saw today to have a chance against the bruising Swedes. Costa Rica go home with their heads held high.