Switzerland reached the World Cup knockout stages with a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica ensuring they finished second in ‘Group E’, behind Brazil. They went undefeated in their three group games to seal a second round clash with Sweden, impressing not only with their results, but with the way they played.
Switzerland are this World Cup’s unsung surprise package. With Croatia thrashing Argentina and Mexico upsetting Germany, their draw with Brazil, late win over Serbia and subsequent progression have gone under the radar. But with a reasonable second round draw, an organised defence and a dynamic possession game, Petkovic’s side have what it takes to go deeper in the tournament than most expected.