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2018 postage stamp from Russia depicting Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.

Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 17 to 27 June 2018.[1] The group consisted of Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Serbia. The top two teams, Brazil and Switzerland, advanced to the round of 16.[2]

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017[nb 1] June 2018
E1   Brazil 1 CONMEBOL CONMEBOL Round Robin winners 28 March 2017 21st 2014 (fourth place) Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) 2 2
E2    Switzerland 2 UEFA UEFA Second Round winners 12 November 2017 11th 2014 (round of 16) Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954) 11 6
E3   Costa Rica 3 CONCACAF CONCACAF Fifth Round runners-up 7 October 2017 5th 2014 (quarter-finals) Quarter-finals (2014) 22 23
E4   Serbia 4 UEFA UEFA Group D winners 9 October 2017 12th[nb 2] 2010 (group stage) Fourth place (1930, 1962)[nb 3] 38 34
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2017 were used for seeding for the final draw.
  2. ^ This is the 2nd appearance of Serbia at the FIFA World Cup. However, FIFA considers Serbia as the successor team of Yugoslavia, who qualified on 8 occasions, and Serbia and Montenegro, who qualified on 2 occasions.
  3. ^ Serbia's best result is group stage in 2010. However, FIFA considers Serbia as the successor team of Yugoslavia.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2    Switzerland 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3   Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4   Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

MatchesEdit

All times listed are local time.[1]

Costa Rica vs SerbiaEdit

The two teams had never met before.[3]

Both defences were tested in the opening moments - Aleksandar Mitrović seeing an effort hooked off the line before Giancarlo González headed straight at Vladimir Stojković at the other end. The Serbian team was almost punished for their lack of penetration when Francisco Calvo dragged a strike wide as Costa Rica enjoyed a short spell of possession just before the break. Kolarov's shot left foot free-kick from the right flew into the top-right corner.[4][5] Serbia's Nemanja Matić, meanwhile, was involved in a confrontation with a member of the Costa Rica coaching staff in injury time as he tried to retrieve the ball after it went out of play.[6]

Serbia have won their opening game at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1998, when they did so as Yugoslavia against Iran (1–0). Costa Rica suffered their first defeat at the World Cup since 2006 (1–2 v Poland), ending a run of five games unbeaten in the competition (W2 D3). Kolarov's strike was the first direct free-kick scored by a Serbia/Yugoslavia player at a World Cup tournament since 1998, when Siniša Mihajlović netted against Iran. Kolarov's goal for Serbia was the third direct free-kick scored at this year's World Cup (after Russia's Aleksandr Golovin and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo), which is already as many as there were in the entire 2014 tournament in Brazil.[5][6]

Costa Rica  0–1  Serbia
Report
Attendance: 41,432[7]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica[8]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Serbia[8]
GK 1 Keylor Navas
SW 3 Giancarlo González
CB 2 Johnny Acosta
CB 6 Óscar Duarte
RWB 16 Cristian Gamboa
LWB 15 Francisco Calvo   22'
CM 20 David Guzmán   56'   73'
CM 5 Celso Borges
RW 11 Johan Venegas   60'
LW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c)
CF 21 Marco Ureña   66'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Christian Bolaños   60'
FW 12 Joel Campbell   66'
MF 9 Daniel Colindres   73'
Manager:
Óscar Ramírez
 
GK 1 Vladimir Stojković
RB 6 Branislav Ivanović   59'
CB 15 Nikola Milenković
CB 3 Duško Tošić
LB 11 Aleksandar Kolarov (c)
CM 21 Nemanja Matić
CM 4 Luka Milivojević
RW 10 Dušan Tadić   83'
AM 20 Sergej Milinković-Savić
LW 22 Adem Ljajić   70'
CF 9 Aleksandar Mitrović   90'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Filip Kostić   70'
DF 2 Antonio Rukavina   83'
FW 8 Aleksandar Prijović   90+8'   90'
Manager:
Mladen Krstajić

Man of the Match:
Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia)[9]

Assistant referees:[8]
Djibril Camara (Senegal)
El Hadji Samba (Senegal)
Fourth official:
Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
Reserve assistant referee:
Tikhon Kalugin (Russia)
Video assistant referee:
Clément Turpin (France)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)

Brazil vs SwitzerlandEdit

The two teams had met in eight matches, including one game at the 1950 FIFA World Cup group stage, a 2–2 draw.[10]

Paulinho's close-range effort forced Yann Sommer into a save. The first goal was scored shortly after when Philippe Coutinho scored from outside the penalty area with a right foot shot. Brazil also came close before the break as Thiago Silva headed inches over the crossbar. Five minutes into the second half, Steven Zuber equalised with a controversial header after a corner from the right decided by VAR review when he appeared to push Miranda in the back. More controversy was caused in the 73rd minute, after Gabriel Jesus was denied a penalty after being hacked down by Manuel Akanji in the penalty area.[11] Brazil came close several times during the closing minutes, but Neymar, Roberto Firmino, and Miranda were unable to garner goals.[12][13]

Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win.[13] Valon Behrami is the first Switzerland player in history to appear at four World Cups.[14] Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1–1 with Sweden.[15]

Brazil  1–1   Switzerland
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil[17]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Switzerland[17]
GK 1 Alisson
RB 14 Danilo
CB 2 Thiago Silva
CB 3 Miranda
LB 12 Marcelo (c)
CM 5 Casemiro   47'   60'
CM 15 Paulinho   67'
RW 19 Willian
AM 11 Philippe Coutinho
LW 10 Neymar
CF 9 Gabriel Jesus   79'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Fernandinho   60'
MF 8 Renato Augusto   67'
FW 20 Roberto Firmino   79'
Manager:
Tite
 
GK 1 Yann Sommer
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner (c)   31'   87'
CB 22 Fabian Schär   65'
CB 5 Manuel Akanji
LB 13 Ricardo Rodríguez
CM 11 Valon Behrami   68'   71'
CM 10 Granit Xhaka
RW 23 Xherdan Shaqiri
AM 15 Blerim Džemaili
LW 14 Steven Zuber
CF 9 Haris Seferović   80'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Denis Zakaria   71'
FW 7 Breel Embolo   80'
DF 6 Michael Lang   87'
Manager:
Vladimir Petković

Man of the Match:
Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)[18]

Assistant referees:[17]
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Miguel Hernández (Mexico)
Fourth official:
John Pitti (Panama)
Reserve assistant referee:
Gabriel Victoria (Panama)
Video assistant referee:
Paolo Valeri (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

Brazil vs Costa RicaEdit

The two teams had met in ten matches, including two games at the FIFA World Cup's group stages, in 1990 and 2002, with both ending in a victory for Brazil's (1–0 and 5–2, respectively).[19]

Celso Borges shot an effort wide of the target from a Cristian Gamboa cutback after 13 minutes. Gabriel Jesus shot into the back of the net from an offside position in the 25th minute. Marcelo shot a low drive five minutes from the break, which Keylor Navas stopped. After the break, Jesus headed against the crossbar before Navas diverted Philippe Coutinho's follow-up wide. Neymar curled around the right-hand post from 18 yards in the 72nd minute, before the officials arrived at the correct decision via VAR to deny him a penalty. Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 91st minute, when he burst into the box to get on the end of a Roberto Firmino nod down and a touch from Jesus before poking the ball low to the net. Neymar then tapped home Douglas Costa's chipped cross from the right from close range deeper into the stoppage time.[20]

Neymar's strike seven minutes into stoppage time was the latest ever at a World Cup in regular time.[21] This was Brazil's first World Cup victory thanks to a goal scored in the 90th minute.[22] Costa Rica were knocked out of the tournament after this game for the first time since 2006, with a game to play.

Brazil  2–0  Costa Rica
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil[24]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica[24]
GK 1 Alisson
RB 22 Fagner
CB 2 Thiago Silva (c)
CB 3 Miranda
LB 12 Marcelo
CM 5 Casemiro
CM 15 Paulinho   68'
RW 19 Willian   46'
AM 11 Philippe Coutinho   81'
LW 10 Neymar   81'
CF 9 Gabriel Jesus   90+3'
Substitutions:
FW 7 Douglas Costa   46'
FW 20 Roberto Firmino   68'
MF 17 Fernandinho   90+3'
Manager:
Tite
 
GK 1 Keylor Navas
SW 2 Johnny Acosta   84'
CB 3 Giancarlo González
CB 6 Óscar Duarte
RWB 16 Cristian Gamboa   75'
LWB 8 Bryan Oviedo
CM 20 David Guzmán   83'
CM 5 Celso Borges
RW 11 Johan Venegas
LW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c)
CF 21 Marco Ureña   54'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Christian Bolaños   54'
DF 15 Francisco Calvo   75'
MF 17 Yeltsin Tejeda   83'
Manager:
Óscar Ramírez

Man of the Match:
Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)[25]

Assistant referees:[24]
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Reserve assistant referee:
Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)
Video assistant referee:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Mark Geiger (United States)

Serbia vs SwitzerlandEdit

The two teams had never met. Playing as Yugoslavia, the two teams met 13 times, including one game at the 1950 FIFA World Cup group stage, a 3–0 victory for Yugoslavia.[10]

Dušan Tadić checked back onto his left foot to send in a cross from the right that Aleksandar Mitrović met with a header into the left side of the net. Blerim Džemaili shot wide from inside the penalty area. Serbia pressed and Sergej Milinković-Savić shot narrowly wide with a rising 20-yard drive. With almost half an hour played Steven Zuber passed the ball to Džemaili who drew a one-handed save from Vladimir Stojković down to the goalkeeper's right. After 52 minutes, Xherdan Shaqiri's shot rebounded back to Granit Xhaka and the midfielder let fly with a curling right foot shot from 25 yards, into the far corner of the net. Shaqiri hit the frame of the goal with a bending effort from the right. Switzerland substitute Mario Gavranović was flagged offside as he hit the side-netting. And, in the final minute of normal time, Gavranović played a throughball to Shaqiri, who outpaced Duško Tošić and ran from near the half-way line into the box before nutmegging Stojković with a low finish.[26][27]

Stephan Lichtsteiner made his ninth World Cup appearance for Switzerland in this game - breaking the national record held by Charles Antenen since Chile 1962.[28]

Serbia  1–2   Switzerland
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Serbia[30]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Switzerland[30]
GK 1 Vladimir Stojković
RB 6 Branislav Ivanović
CB 15 Nikola Milenković
CB 3 Duško Tošić
LB 11 Aleksandar Kolarov (c)
CM 21 Nemanja Matić   45+2'
CM 4 Luka Milivojević   39'   81'
RW 10 Dušan Tadić
AM 20 Sergej Milinković-Savić   34'
LW 17 Filip Kostić   64'
CF 9 Aleksandar Mitrović   87'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Adem Ljajić   64'
FW 18 Nemanja Radonjić   81'
Manager:
Mladen Krstajić
 
GK 1 Yann Sommer
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner (c)
CB 22 Fabian Schär
CB 5 Manuel Akanji
LB 13 Ricardo Rodríguez
CM 11 Valon Behrami
CM 10 Granit Xhaka
RW 23 Xherdan Shaqiri   90+1'
AM 15 Blerim Džemaili   73'
LW 14 Steven Zuber   90+4'
CF 9 Haris Seferović   46'
Substitutions:
FW 18 Mario Gavranović   46'
FW 7 Breel Embolo   73'
FW 19 Josip Drmić   90+4'
Manager:
Vladimir Petković

Man of the Match:
Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)[31]

Assistant referees:[30]
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Fourth official:
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Reserve assistant referee:
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)
Video assistant referee:
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Clément Turpin (France)

Serbia vs BrazilEdit

The two teams had met once, a 2014 friendly won by Brazil 1–0. Playing as Yugoslavia, the two teams met 18 times, including four times at FIFA World Cup's group stages in 1930, 1950, 1954 and 1974, with one victory each and two draws.[19]

Marcelo was replaced with Filipe Luís in the 10th minute, due to a back spasm. Gabriel Jesus created a chance for Neymar, whose cross-goal strike was pushed away by Vladimir Stojković. Jesus cut inside of Miloš Veljković and saw his shot blocked behind by Nikola Milenković. In the 36th minute, Paulinho raced between two defenders and poked Philippe Coutinho's delivery beyond the onrushing Stojković. Neymar had a low drive kept out by Stojković at the near post five minutes into the second period. Aleksandar Mitrović headed a cross from Antonio Rukavina straight at the feet of the keeper in the 65th minute. Thiago Silva headed home at the near post from Neymar's left-wing corner in the 68th minute.[32][33]

Brazil have qualified from the group stage of the World Cup for the 13th consecutive tournament, a run stretching back to 1970. Brazil have now won back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time since 2010, when they won their opening two group matches.[34] For Serbia, this was the second consecutive elimination from the group stage in their World Cup history as an independent nation.

Serbia  0–2  Brazil
Report
Attendance: 44,190[35]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Serbia[36]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brazil[36]
GK 1 Vladimir Stojković
RB 2 Antonio Rukavina
CB 15 Nikola Milenković
CB 13 Miloš Veljković
LB 11 Aleksandar Kolarov (c)
CM 21 Nemanja Matić   48'
CM 20 Sergej Milinković-Savić
RW 10 Dušan Tadić
AM 22 Adem Ljajić   33'   75'
LW 17 Filip Kostić   82'
CF 9 Aleksandar Mitrović   70'   89'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Andrija Živković   75'
FW 18 Nemanja Radonjić   82'
FW 19 Luka Jović   89'
Manager:
Mladen Krstajić
 
GK 1 Alisson
RB 22 Fagner
CB 2 Thiago Silva
CB 3 Miranda (c)
LB 12 Marcelo   10'
CM 15 Paulinho   66'
CM 5 Casemiro
RW 19 Willian
AM 11 Philippe Coutinho   80'
LW 10 Neymar
CF 9 Gabriel Jesus
Substitutions:
DF 6 Filipe Luís   10'
MF 17 Fernandinho   66'
MF 8 Renato Augusto   80'
Manager:
Tite

Man of the Match:
Paulinho (Brazil)[37]

Assistant referees:[36]
Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
Fourth official:
Jair Marrufo (United States)
Reserve assistant referee:
Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)
Paolo Valeri (Italy)

Switzerland vs Costa RicaEdit

The two teams had faced each other twice, most recently in a 2010 friendly won by Costa Rica 1–0.[10]

Stephan Lichtsteiner's right-wing cross was headed back across goal by Breel Embolo, and the unmarked Blerim Džemaili lashed home from eight yards. Keylor Navas blocked Embolo's effort at his near post, before Kendall Waston headed Joel Campbell's outswinging corner from six yards after 56 minutes. Josip Drmić slotted into the bottom corner from Denis Zakaria's low cross. Referee awarded a spot-kick after Bryan Ruiz had been bundled over in the area, only for the decision to be reversed after replays showed that he had strayed into an offside position when he received the ball.[38] Ruiz did get a chance from the spot in the third minute of stoppage time when Campbell was felled in the box, his penalty hit the bar and then bounced in off Yann Sommer's head for an own goal.[39]

Waston's goal for Costa Rica was their first in 424 minutes of play in World Cup matches (not including penalty shootouts), with their previous goal scored by Ruiz in the last 16 of the 2014 tournament against Greece.[40] Switzerland have avoided defeat in each of their three group stage matches at the World Cup for the first time since 2006. Costa Rica became the last side to score a goal at Russia 2018. Sommer is just the third goalkeeper to score an own goal at the World Cup, after Honduras' Noel Valladares against France in 2014 and Spain's Andoni Zubizarreta against Nigeria in 1998.[39]

Switzerland   2–2  Costa Rica
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Switzerland[42]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Costa Rica[42]
GK 1 Yann Sommer
RB 2 Stephan Lichtsteiner (c)   37'
CB 22 Fabian Schär   83'
CB 5 Manuel Akanji
LB 13 Ricardo Rodríguez
CM 11 Valon Behrami   60'
CM 10 Granit Xhaka
RW 23 Xherdan Shaqiri   81'
AM 15 Blerim Džemaili
LW 7 Breel Embolo
CF 18 Mario Gavranović   69'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Denis Zakaria   75'   60'
FW 19 Josip Drmić   69'
DF 6 Michael Lang   81'
Manager:
Vladimir Petković
 
GK 1 Keylor Navas
SW 3 Giancarlo González
CB 2 Johnny Acosta
CB 19 Kendall Waston   89'
RWB 16 Cristian Gamboa   11'   90+3'
LWB 8 Bryan Oviedo
CM 5 Celso Borges
CM 20 David Guzmán   90+1'
RW 9 Daniel Colindres   81'
LW 10 Bryan Ruiz (c)
CF 12 Joel Campbell   29'
Substitutions:
MF 13 Rodney Wallace   81'
MF 14 Randall Azofeifa   90+1'
DF 4 Ian Smith   90+3'
Manager:
Óscar Ramírez

Man of the Match:
Blerim Džemaili (Switzerland)[43]

Assistant referees:[42]
Nicolas Danos (France)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Reserve assistant referee:
Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia)
Video assistant referee:
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

DisciplineEdit

Fair play points would have been used as tiebreakers if the overall and head-to-head records of teams were tied. These were calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[2]

  • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
  • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
  • direct red card: minus 4 points;
  • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;

Only one of the above deductions were applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
                                   
  Brazil 1 2 −3
  Costa Rica 2 1 3 −6
   Switzerland 3 1 3 −7
  Serbia 2 4 3 −9

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