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Jun 23, 2018
11:36AM

FIFA World Cup: Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 to join Brazil in Group E qualification race; Nigeria outplay Iceland 2-0

In the FIFA World Cup in Russia yesterday, Switzerland defeated Serbia 2-1, Nigeria outplayed Iceland 2-nil, while Brazil beat Costa Rica by a similar 2-nil margin. 

In the Group E match at Kaliningrad, after Serbia took the lead in the fifth minute, Switzerland equalised in the second half, thanks to a superb long-range strike by Granit Xhaka in the 52nd minute. The winning goal for the Swiss team came when  Xherdan Shaqiri found the target in the final minute of regulation time. 
Switzerland now have four points from two matches, while Serbia have three points from two games.  In another Group E fixture at Saint Petersburg, Brazil sealed a 2-0 win over Costa Rica.  Dramatic goals from Coutinho in 91st minute by Neymar 97th minute put the five-time champions on the brink of the knockout stages.

In the Group D encounter played at Volgograd, two brilliant strikes by Ahmed Musa propelled Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Iceland.  Both the goals came in the second half.
The Africans who lost 0-2 to Croatia in their campaign opener, now have three points from two matches. Three matches are lined up for tomorrow. In group G, Belgium will face Tunisia at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, at 5.30 pm. While in Group F, South Korea will take on Mexico at 8.30 pm at Rostov Arena And Germany will play against Sweden at 11.30 pm at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

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