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Hello and welcome and all that. Here are the facts: Serbia beat Costa Rica in their opening match so can confirm their progress to the last 16 for the first time as an independent nation by downing Switzerland here. Switzerland have one point on the board thanks to their draw with Brazil in their first match so a win here could hoist them to the top of the group (depending on the score) and force Serbia to have to beat Brazil to advance. A draw would leave Switzerland needing to win against Costa Rica in their last game and make that Serbia-Brazil clash even juicier. So let’s hope for a 0-0 here to really raise the stakes for the last round of matches in Group E!
No, hold on, let’s leave that as an acceptable fallback option. What we could really do with today is a bona fide humdinger to send us into the weekend with a smile on our faces. There’s a fair chance our wish will be granted, too. Because Serbia are a nifty outfit who can attack with real flair and thrust on their day. The Swiss also have some quality and have vowed to demonstrate more of their offensive prowess than they showed against Brazil, when the emphasis was on solidity (as personified by Manuel Akanji, who was superb in central defence) and bracing challenges. This could get feisty. Let’s be having you!