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World Cup Matchday 9: Brazil, Switzerland leave it late; Super Eagles fly high

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Another fantastic day at the World Cup

Brazil v Costa Rica: Group E - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Another day of the 2018 World Cup is in the books and what a day it was. Late and dramatic goals was the theme of the day as both Group E matches were decided in the final minutes. Meanwhile, Group D finished up with two of the tournament’s best underdog stories meeting. Here’s a rundown of the action:

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica

Keylor Navas put on one of the best displays of goalkeeping we’ve seen in a World Cup in quite some time. Unfortunately, Brazil’s quality finally showed through as Philippe Coutinho nabbed the winner at the beginning of second half stoppage time thanks to a little bit of fortune. Neymar finished it off with a tap-in and the Samba Boys pick up their first win of the tournament.

Serbia 1-2 Switzerland

In one of the most exciting games of the tournament so far, Xherdan Shaqiri’s dramatic 90th minute winner has thrown Group E into flux. The two exchanged goals, including a stunning strike from Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka, before the Stoke City winger earn the three points for his country. Both of these teams will join Brazil in a three-way fight for two spots in the final matchday of the group.

Group E Standings

Teams W D L GF GA GD PTS
Teams W D L GF GA GD PTS
BRA 2 1 0 5 1 4 7
SUI 1 2 0 5 4 1 5
SRB 1 0 2 2 4 -2 3
CRC 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1

Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Ahmed Musa’s second half brace has the Super Eagles flying high with hopes of a berth into the Round of 16 alive and well. Iceland weren’t much of a test for Nigeria after they were able to hold Lionel Messi and Argentina to a point in their first match. The EURO 2016 Cinderella will need a convincing win over Croatia, who have already announced they’ll play a reserve-laden lineup after clinching advancement. Meanwhile, Argentina and Nigeria will face-off with both needing a result. Nigeria could possibly advance with a draw if goal differential falls their way. Argentina will need nothing less than a win.

Group D Standings

Teams W D L GF GA GD PTS
Teams W D L GF GA GD PTS
CRO 2 0 0 5 0 5 6
NGA 1 1 0 2 1 1 3
ISL 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1
ARG 0 1 1 1 4 -3 1