In Brief

World Cup group E: Brazil and Switzerland qualify

Group E final standings and results

2018 World Cup group E fixtures Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia Mladen Antonov Getty Images

Brazil have booked their place in the last 16 of the Fifa World Cup after finishing first in group E.

The Samba Boys beat Serbia 2-0 in their final group match to finish top with seven points. Switzerland join Brazil in the knockouts after a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica meant they finished on five points, two more than Serbia.

Paulinho opened the scoring for Brazil against Serbia after 36 minutes then on 68 minutes Thiago Silva doubled the lead. Brazil will now face Mexico in the last-16 on 2 July in Samara.

Switzerland will play Sweden in the round of 16 after securing a point in the 2-2 draw with Costa Rica.

The Swiss took a 1-0 lead through Blerim Dzemaili but Kendall Waston headed Costa Rica level after 55 minutes. Substitute Josip Drmic restored Switzerland’s lead with two minutes left but in injury-time Costa Rica were awarded a spot kick. Bryan Ruiz’s penalty hit the bar but came back down and hit Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer on the head for an own goal.

Group E results

  • Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1
  • Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 
  • Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0
  • Serbia 1 Switzerland 2
  • Serbia 0 Brazil 2
  • Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2

Group E team profiles

Brazil
  • Head coach: Tite 
  • Fifa ranking: 2 
  • Number of World Cup appearances: 20 
  • Best finish: winners in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002 
  • Player to watch: Neymar (PSG)

Brazil World Cup results

  • Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 
  • Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0 
  • Serbia 0 Brazil 2

Brazil 23-man squad

  • Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians) 
  • Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris St-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan) Pedro Geromel (Gremio) 
  • Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus) 
  • Forwards: Neymar Jr (Paris St-Germain), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) 
Switzerland
  • Head coach: Vladimir Petkovic 
  • Fifa ranking: 6 
  • Number of World Cup appearances: ten 
  • Best finish: quarter-finals in 1934, 1938 and 1954 
  • Player to watch: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

Switzerland World Cup results and fixtures

  • Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 
  • Serbia 1 Switzerland 2  
  • Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2

Switzerland 23-man squad

  • Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 
  • Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 
  • Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach) 
  • Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Monchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) 
Costa Rica
  • Head coach: Oscar Ramirez 
  • Fifa ranking: 25 
  • Number of World Cup appearances: four 
  • Best finish: quarter-finals in 2014 
  • Player to watch: Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon)

Costa Rica World Cup results

  • Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1  
  • Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0 
  • Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2

Costa Rica 23-man squad

  • Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (CS Herediano) 
  • Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Santos de Guapiles), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Aguilas) 
  • Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres (Deportivo Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Deportivo Saprissa) 
  • Forwards: Johan Venegas (Deportivo Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC)
Serbia
  • Head coach: Mladen Krstajic 
  • Fifa ranking: 35 
  • Number of World Cup appearances: 11 (including the participation of Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro) 
  • Best finish: fourth place in 1930 and 1962 
  • Player to watch: Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St Petersburg)

Serbia World Cup results

  • Costa Rica 0 Serbia 1  
  • Serbia 1 Switzerland 2 
  • Serbia 0 Brazil 2

Serbia 23-man squad

  • Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar) 
  • Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina) 
  • Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade) 
  • Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica)

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