Coverage of Group E matches during the 2018
World Cup Finals in Russia between
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Group E Games
Sunday, 17th June
Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in
the 20th minute.
Brazil 1 -
Steven Zuber levelled for Switzerland in the
50th minute to earn a point against Brazil.
Costa Rica vs
The first-half began at a frantic pace but ended on a more relaxed note.
Serbia made their physical presence felt early in the game but failed to
impress with their footballing talent even though they appeared to have
more of the possession; although a spectacular overhead kick by Serbia's
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic almost changed that, just before half-time.
For the most part, Costa Rica looked a little niftier of foot on their
Costa Rica 0 -
Aleksandar Mitrovic had a great chance to put Serbia ahead, early in the
second-half, but side-footed the ball at Navas' knee.
Aleksandar Kolarov then powered in a
left-foot curler, from a free-kick out on the right wing, in the 56th
VAR delayed the game deep in stoppage time as an incident on the
touchline needed to be checked for infringements; not once, but twice.
Friday, 22nd June
in St Petersburg
Brazil vs. Costa Rica in St Petersburg looked as though it was going to
be the first game of the tournament without a goal.
Plenty of play-acting and cheating going on, how these players can watch
themselves on the highlights must be embarrassing.
The referee called a penalty wrong, then overturned it after watching
the show again on the video monitor; and denied Neymar the penalty.
Brazil left it late, as Philippe Coutinho
ran in to the area to toe-poke the ball into the net during stoppage
Neymar added Brazil's second, just before
the final whistle, to make the end result look a little more
Costa Rica are eliminated.
From a Dusan Tadic cross on the right,
Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Serbia ahead in
the fifth minute, having come close just a
minute or two earlier.
Serbia continued to
attack the Swiss goal and should have gone
in to the break at least two goals ahead.
Switzerland tried to
slow the game down but never real showed the
desire to get level; although they did create a couple of chances.
Some good leg-grabbing
going on though.
Serbia 1 -
Seven minutes into the second-half and
Switzerland were back on level terms; after
a quick break on the left, some action in
the box, a block by Kolorav and a swerving
foot to net rocket lauched by Granit Xhaka
VAR missed a call for a Serbian penalty; a full on
rugby tackle by two Swiss players, a la Harry Kane.
Xherdan Shaqiri won the game for Switzerland
in the 90th minute, with a break away from the halfway line.
A much better second-half by far; Switzerland a
completely different team - full of desire.
Wednesday, 27th June
in Moscow Spartak
Brazil gave their fans what they wanted; a ticket to
a Second Round match-up with Mexico in Samara, thanks to a Paulinho lob
in the 36th minute and a powerful Thiago Silva header from a Neymar
corner in the 68th.
in Nizhny Novgorod
Costa Rica were already out but they made a game of it against
Switzerland; to pick up a World Cup Finals point, by twice coming from
behind to level the score.
Monday, 2nd July
Brazil vs Mexico
An energetic start to the game with Mexico having the early advantage,
then Brazil upped a gear after the twentieth minute.
Mexico were equal to Brazil; the sombreros keeping samba football in the
shade for good parts of the first-half, although the heat and humidity
in Samara could soon take it's toll.
Half-time: Brazil 0 - Mexico 0
Rafael Marquez, probably showing his age, didn't come out for the
Some lazy defending from Mexico forced Guillermo Ochoa to make a save
from Philippe Coutinho, just after the break.
Then, in the 51st minute, Brazil caught
Mexico having a siesta; a sweet back-heel released Willian down the
left. The Chelsea midfielder drove the ball low towards the far
post and of the two players sliding in, it was Neymar's outstretched leg
that connected with the ball to stud it over the line.
Just over an hour played and Mexico were keen to get back on level
terms; forcing a corner.
Then the sucker punch for a tiring Mexico;
as Neymar toe-poked square to substitute Roberto Firminho for a simple
tap-in, two minutes from time.
With six minutes added on, Mexico made a light effort to at least pull
one goal back; but it was not to be. A seventh consecutive quarter-final
for Brazil, and a seventh consecutive last sixteen exit for Mexico.
Tuesday, 3rd July
Sweden vs Switzerland
St Petersburg (1:0)
One team had to win, and it wasn't Switzerland.
Friday, 6th July
in Kazan (1:2)
When Brazil dropped out, the 2018 World Cup became a soley European
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