NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, who were fined by FIFA this week after politically-charged goal celebrations, were both named by Switzerland in their starting line-up for Wednesday’s Group E game against Costa Rica at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
The pair escaped possible suspension and take their place in an attacking team with Breel Embolo and Mario Gavranovic making their first starts of the tournament as the two changes from Friday’s 2-1 win over Serbia. The Swiss need only a draw to advance.
The match will probably be the last in Costa Rica colors for 32-year-old striker Bryan Ruiz, who hinted as much on social media in the build-up. Ruiz is earning his 112th cap on Wednesday.
Already eliminated Costa Rica included Joel Campbell, Daniel Colindres, David Guzman and Kendall Waston as they made four changes from the team that lost to Brazil in their previous game.
(In final paragraph corrects spelling of Guzman (from Guzmann) and Waston (from Watson)
Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Neil Robinson