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Swiss set for World Cup 'friendly' with soulmates Costa Rica

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By Brian Homewood

NIZNHY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 25 (Reuters) - After winning a politically-charged match against Serbia, Switzerland are unlikely to face the same hostility when they face already-eliminated Costa Rica in Group E of the World Cup on Wednesday.

Switzerland, needing a draw to reach the last 16 of the tournament, have a number of ethnic Albanians in their squad and they were given a hostile reception by Serbian fans in Friday's dramatic 2-1 win in Kaliningrad.

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Switzerland FA chief doesn't expect suspensions for goal celebrations

Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.
Brazil and Switzerland left it till the end to earn their wins, while Nigeria beat Iceland and kept the door open for Argentina to sneak into the round of 16.
Nigeria's defeat of Iceland and Switzerland's late show against Serbia saw both teams climb to second place in their respective groups.

MOSCOW -- The head of Switzerland's football federation said on Sunday that he doesn't expect FIFA to suspend his players, despite goal celebrations seen as inflaming political tensions with Serbia.

FIFA has added a third Swiss player -- captain Stephan Lichtsteiner -- to an investigation of the goal scorers in a 2-1 win who made hand gestures of a two-headed eagle that is an Albanian national symbol. Lichtsteiner also made the gesture during the match.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have ethnic...

Serbia accuse referee Feliz Brych of 'biased officiating' in loss to Switzerland

Don Hutchinson and Leroy Rosenior credit Switzerland for being brave and not settling for a draw to steal all three points from Serbia.
Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.

KALININGRAD, Russia -- A day after being put under investigation by FIFA for complaining about the refereeing of their 2-1 World Cup loss to Switzerland and misbehavior by fans, Serbia's football association has filed an official complaint with the sport's governing body alleging "biased officiating" by referee Feliz Brych.

In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, the Football Association of Serbia said it submitted to FIFA "seven videos that clearly showed tendency in officiating of the...

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FIFA opens disciplinary case over Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka celebrations

Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.
Brazil and Switzerland left it till the end to earn their wins, while Nigeria beat Iceland and kept the door open for Argentina to sneak into the round of 16.
Don Hutchinson and Leroy Rosenior credit Switzerland for being brave and not settling for a draw to steal all three points from Serbia.
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FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Switzerland players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, looking into their goal celebrations during Friday's 2-1 win over Serbia at the World Cup.

Both players, who are ethnic Albanians and of Kosovar heritage, celebrated after scoring with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania's flag.

Serbia does not recognise the independence of its former province Kosovo, which broke away 10 years ago and whose 1.8 million people are...

 By Reuters

Switzerland's 'fighting mentality' led to second-half rally against Serbia - Petkovic

Brazil and Switzerland left it till the end to earn their wins, while Nigeria beat Iceland and kept the door open for Argentina to sneak into the round of 16.
Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.

KALININGRAD, Russia -- Switzerland's never-say-die attitude and will to win was the key to turning around a match in which they had been pummelled by Serbia for much of the first half, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said on Friday.

Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in the World Cup Group E showdown in Kaliningrad thanks to two second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri after they trailed at half-time in one of the most thrilling matches so far in Russia.

It was fought at a blistering...