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Switzerland’s Josip Drmic celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates in their 2018 World Cup Group E clash . Photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2 After a week in which not much football has been discussed, Switzerland were probably just grateful to get this game out o(...)

Xherdan Shaqiri can inspire Switzerland into the last-16 of the World Cup. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP F South Korea v Germany (Kazan, 3.0pm, RTÉ2/BBC). Betting: South Korea 16-1, Germany 1-5, Draw 13-2 Mexico v Sweden (Yekaterinbur(...)

The big screen inside the stadium displays a VAR penalty review during the  Group A match between Saudia Arabia and Egypt at Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Never mind whether Serbia should have had a penalty when Stephan Lichsteiner and Fabian Schaer wrestled Aleksandar Mitrovic to the ground in Kaliningr(...)

 Philippe Coutinho of Brazil celebrates after scoring their first goal in injury time. Photograph: EPA

Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0 As the clock passed 90 minutes at the Saint Petersburg stadium, it looked as though we were about to see the first scoreless dr(...)

Brazil full-back Marcelo. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty

THE MATCHES GROUP E Brazil v Costa Rica (St Petersburg, 1.0, RTÉ/ITV) Betting: Brazil 2-9, Costa Rica 18-1, Draw 11-2 GROUP D Nigeria v Iceland (Vo(...)

Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov scores their  goal from a free kick during the  World Cup  Group E  game against Costa Rica at  Samara Arena. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1 Aleksandar Kolarov produced a moment of captain’s inspiration, curling home a superb free kick as Serbia got their World Cup Gr(...)

  Neymar has been in good form during Brazil’s warm-up games. Photograph: EPA

The Matches Group E Costa Rica v Serbia (Samara Arena, 1pm, RTE/ITV) Betting: Costa Rica 7/2, Serbia 10/11, Draw 9/4 Group F Germany v Mexico (Luzhn(...)

Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Romelu Lukaku during the friendly international against  Costa Rica at the  King Baudouin Stadium in  Brussels. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/Reuters

Belgium 4 Costa Rica 1 Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has played down injury fears over Eden Hazard after the Chelsea player limped out of Monday’s(...)

Neymar will hold the key if Brazil are to emerge as champions for the sixth time at the World Cup. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil 4-1 Switzerland 100-1 Serbia 150-1 Costa Rica 500-1 The Contenders Few teams feel the same pressure and weight of expectation going into a Wo(...)

Keylor Navas is the best known Costa Rica player and will be a key component at the World Cup. Photo: Arnoldo Robert/LatinContent/Getty Images

Costa Rica (500-1) Who are they? Costa Rica is a country roughly the same size and population of Ireland and yet they are no strangers to World Cups(...)

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