Kaliningrad hosts the day’s second World Cup (WC) Group E game between Serbia and Switzerland, and both sides will look to kick on following positive results in the first round of games.
Serbia topped the group after their narrow victory over the unfancied Costa Rica (1-0), whilst the Swiss held pre-tournament favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw with an organised display. Brazil can say grateful to god when their team just get three points beat costa rica. 2 goals in injury time. Coutinho and Neymar JR.
In the final minute, Neymar got his revenge, turning home a pass from the substitute Douglas Costa behind a helpless Navas. When the final whistle blew moments later, he collapsed to knees in tears at the center of the field, covering his eyes again, this time overcome by the emotion of the narrow escape.
Tite didn’t escape unscathed, either. Rushing the field to celebrate the first goal, he got tripped up and tumbled to the grass.
“I kind of pulled a muscle,” he said later. “It tore some fibers. I’m limping during the celebration.”
Standing Group E:
- Brazil 4 Points
- Serbia 3 Points
- Switzerland 1 Points
- Costa Rica 0 Points
That opening day victory was Serbia’s first since France ‘98, although the Serbians have not won consecutive games in a WC finals since Italia ‘90.
This will be the first meeting between the sides since the breakup of Yugoslavia, and although it may have little bearing on this, Switzerland have won just two of their 13 historical meetings with Serbia as part of Yugoslavia (W2, D5, L6).