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Team News: Fined trio all start for Switzerland against Costa Rica

Team News: Fined trio all start for Switzerland
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Stephan Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri all start for Switzerland in Wednesday's Group F encounter with Costa Rica.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have all been named in the starting lineup for Switzerland in Wednesday's Group F encounter with Costa Rica.

Each of the trio was fined for gesturing the 'Albanian Eagle' during Friday's 2-1 victory over Serbia but after avoiding suspensions, they are all retained in the first XI.

Boss Vladimir Petkovic has made just two alterations, with Breel Embolo and Mario Gavranovic being brought into the side in place of Steven Zuber and Haris Seferovic.

Switzerland will progress through to the knockout stages with a draw, while a win will give the European side the chance to qualify as group winners.

As for Costa Rica, Oscar Ramirez has made three alterations to his team, who are unable to qualify for the last 16.

Kendall Watson, Daniel Colindres and Joel Campbell have all been given starting roles, with Oscar Duarte, Johan Venegas and Marco Urena the players to miss out.

Switzerland: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Embolo; Gavranovic

Costa Rica: Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Watson, Gamboa; Borges, Guzman, Oviedo, Colindres, Ruiz; Campbell

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