Ruiz gives Costa Rica some cheer
Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2
Finally, Costa Rica had something to cheer. Bryan Ruiz's last-gasp penalty off the back of Yann Sommer earned Costa Rica a deserved point in Nizhny Novgorod, putting the consolation floss on a miserable group stage.
Josip Drmic's late goal for Switzerland had appeared to give them their second win of the group stage, and even if qualification was already pretty much secure, there will have been a certain frustration at the ease with which the Costa Ricans were able to cut them open.
Even if the sting was drawn from the game by Brazil's romp in Moscow, there was still a good deal of enterprise and vigour in this entertaining game. For Switzerland, a case of job done.
Just Sweden now separate them from a place in the quarter-finals, and even if Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schär will miss the game after picking up second yellow cards, they will still fancy their chances.
The much-improved Costa Rica, meanwhile, made you wonder how much more they might have achieved if they had shown this sort of attacking intent earlier in the tournament.
Having gone a goal down, they equalised through Kendall Waston and indeed had chances to take the lead.
At least they have avoided the ignominy of being the only side to leave Russia without a goal to their name, but after the thrill ride of 2014, this campaign will nevertheless go down as a disappointment.
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