Switzerland is through to a knockout game against Sweden at the World Cup. Half of its starting defense isn’t.
Switzerland qualified second in Group E behind Brazil despite twice losing the lead in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica on Wednesday night. The riveting game culminated with an injury-time penalty from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz that hit the crossbar and went in off Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s head.
Despite the late drama, a draw was enough to send Switzerland through to the knockout stage.