The last round of group stage matches reaches Group E in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Switzerland will take on Costa Rica at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on 27th June to see their three chances to make it to the next round get completed. Costa Rica has been a surprise package ever since the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where they managed to reach the knockouts and display some exceptional football. Their surprising run continued as they managed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup ahead of United States from the CONCACAF rounds. Switzerland, who has been ruthless with just one defeat in their last 11 games, will be eyeing to stamp their name on the second round of 16 spots available in Group E. They’re more likely to be challenged for that spot by Serbia who will play Brazil at the same time on the same day.
Costa Rica’s flare of bringing up unexpected results have made them quite a fan favorite side. The wild celebrations that followed their win against Honduras in the qualifiers were just a hint of what they and their fan bring to the world of football. Come 27th June, and they’ll be ready to give in everything they have to support their side in what will be their last chance to repeat their 2014 heroics. Switzerland fans are having quite a roll in the past year or so with their sides churning out positive results in every other game. They’ll throng the stadium to see their side continue with their good run into the 2018 FIFA World Cup. For all those fans who are eagerly waiting to grab every bit of action from this crucial Group E encounter, here is your guide that will help you beat your schedule with ease.
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Online coverage
Despite two games at a time, all of the 2018 FIFA World Cup official broadcasters will have a pretty organized streaming option available for viewers all over the world. FOX Sports, DirecTV, SuperSport, BBC, ITV, Canal+, Sky, Perviy Kanal, Mediaset, Optus Sport, Sony LIV, beIN Sports, and Movistar have all confirmed there will be a streaming channel available on their website for the match between Switzerland and Costa Rica. beIN Sports and Sony LIV have also confirmed live coverage on their official apps as well.
Switzerland vs Costa Rica Streaming Live
Fans who don’t have any official link in their country can turn up to the VPN gateways available on the internet. IPVanish, ExpressVPN, and NordVPN have been providing some high-quality service and will be a good option for all the fans willing to watch Switzerland vs Costa Rica at the comfort of their device. Sticky Bundles too will be an excellent option to enjoy the match as PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV Now, Sling TV, and fuboTV have been providing some affordable services lately.
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The final Group E game between Switzerland and Costa Rica will be played at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on 27th June 2018 with action scheduled to kick-off at 21:00 local time. It will be the last of four group stages game to be hosted at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. It will host a quarterfinal and a round of 16 games as well. The 44,800+ capacity stadium will host the home games for FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod post the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Switzerland’s transformation has transpired well so far for them with youngsters stepping up and delivering the goods pretty phenomenally. Costa Rica, on the other hand, has been a shade inconsistent due to the failure of their young guns. They still pin their hopes on their experienced campaigners like Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruiz, and Christian Bolanos. However, they’ll have to make sure they have their best XI playing most of the 90 minutes against Switzerland if they are to hope for a high-end finish.
Sommer (GK); Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez, Timm Klose, Lang; Behrami, Xhaka, Fernandes, Shaqiri; Mehmedi, Derdiyok
Costa Rica Team
Keylor Navas (GK); González, Acosta, Gamboa, Oviedo; Borges, Ruiz, González; Campbell, Urena, Venegas
Matches Played: 02
Costa Rica: 01
It will be one big game for Switzerland’s official broadcasters, SRG SSR, who will be having the whole nation glued to their channel expecting some fireworks from their national side. In Costa Rica, Sky will telecast the match along with all other Oceanic countries as well. Doubleheaders have made it a bit difficult for broadcasters to decide which game is to be prioritized. The match will, for sure, get aired on FOX Sports in America, on Sony ESPN in Asian Subcontinent, on beIN Sports in France and all MENA countries, on Sky in the Oceanic nations, on BBC and ITV in the UK, on Canal+, Kwese Sports, and SuperSport in the sub-Saharan Africa, on DirecTV in the Caribbean, and on Mediaset Espana in Spain. The coverage will expectedly begin with a preview show with kick off two hours later.
Unlike all other sides, Costa Rica has got a flare of bringing up upsets. They lose when they’re least likely to lose, and they win when they’re are least likely to succeed. Switzerland, on the contrary, has managed to sew their strengths together to put up a consistent show in the past year or so. It will be a tricky one for Switzerland though as Costa Rica’s defense has been pretty tough to breach at times. Costa Rica has shown they’re a side right enough to beat any good team on their day and if 27th June happens to be their day, there will be no chance for Switzerland even to snatch a point from this fixture. Our final prediction calls it Switzerland 2-1 Costa Rica.