WORLD CUP: 2-2 draw with Costa Rica sends Switzerland through
Switzerland set up a World Cup last-16 tie with Sweden after a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica that featured a bizarre late penalty drama.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side kicked off needing just a point from their final Group E game to reach the knockout stages for the third time in four tournaments – but Serbia’s 2-0 defeat by Brazil meant they would have gone through even with a defeat.
The Swiss, though, squandered the chance to finish top of their group – despite substitute Josip Drmic putting them 2-1 ahead in the 88th minute.
Costa Rica, already eliminated, equalised in injury time, as Bryan Ruiz’s penalty hit the bar and then bounced in off Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s head for an own goal.
Switzerland had taken a first-half lead through Blerim Dzemaili, despite a bright start from Costa Rica, but Kendall Waston headed Los Ticos level 10 minutes into the second half. (BBC Sport)