2018 FIFA World Cup Group E Recap after Match Day 3
Brazil tops Group E after beating Serbia 2-0
Brazil did what was expected of them coming into the group stage, which was win the group. Even after their shocking draw against Switzerland, they were able to win the group by winning their next two games against Costa Rica and Serbia. Brazil did receive a scare early in this game as their left back Marcelo had to leave the game in the 10th minute because of an injury, Filipe Luis replaced him. Brazil was the better team throughout the game; playing with a smooth flow with lots of quick passes and dribbles, really beautiful to watch. Countiho, who has been Brazil’s best player at the World Cup so far, sends a beautiful over the top through ball to Paulinho who would calmly chips it over the keeper to give Brazil the 1-0 in the 36th minute. In the early part of the second half, from the 55th minute to the 65th minute, Serbia really piled up the pressure on Brazil. Serbia had three really good chances in that time span, including a header by Aleksandar Mitrović which was saved by Brazilian keeper Alisson. Few minutes later Brazil would double their lead off a Thiago Silva header, thanks to a corner taken by Neymar. Brazil continues to look better and better with each game and will be a team no one wants to face in the knockout rounds.
Costa Rica finally score at the World Cup in a 2-2 draw against Switzerland
Costa Rica was the only team remaining that has not scored at this World Cup coming into this game, they finally scored and not just once but twice. The Swiss came in this game knowing a win would secure a place in the round of 16, a draw and a loss could also but that depends on how the Serbia-Brazil match would finish. Costa Rica was the better side in the first half, creating multiple chances but failing to finish any of them. The Swiss would take the lead in the 31st minute through Blerim Dzemaili. Costa Rica would fire back quickly at the start of the second half in the 56th minute when Kendall Waston would tie the game at 1-1. That goal was Costa Rica’s first goal at this year’s World Cup and was only the remaining scoreless team. The Swiss dominated possession but failed to take advantage of that, while Costa Rica had more scoring opportunities even with the low amount the possession they had. Switzerland would take the lead in the 88th minute through a well taken shot into the lower bottom right corner by Josip Drmić. The lead would not last long as Costa Rica were given a penalty in the 93rd minute, Costa Rican captain Bryan Ruiz would take the penalty. Ruiz would hit the crossbar but the rebound hits Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer in the back of the head and the slowly rolls in to tie the game at 2-2. The goal goes down as an own goal on Yann Sommer. Switzerland advance out of Group E in second place with five points.
Final Standings in Group E:
- Brazil 7 points, +4 Goal Difference
- Switzerland 5 points, +1 Goal Difference
- Serbia 3 points, -2 Goal Difference
- Costa Rica 1 point, -3 Goal Difference