The ninth day of the FIFA World Cup witnessed three fantastic matches, that featured top quality goals and end-to-end action. Brazil picked up their first win of the campaign in the first match of the day while Nigeria also opened their account, putting a tenacious Iceland side to the sword. In the last match of the day, Switzerland came back from behind in the second half against Serbia to pick up their first three points as well.
After a draw in their first game, Brazil were up against Costa Rica and looked destined to register their second in a row. However, they scored twice in injury time in a memorable match, with the manager also taking a tumble while celebrating. Nigeria, who lost their first game to Croatia, hit back in fine style to record a 2-0 win against Iceland in Group D. Switzerland became the first side to overturn a deficit in a match in this World Cup, winning 2-1 against a strong Serbia team after trailing at half-time.
Brazil vs Costa Rica – It looked like another frustrating match for Brazil and their star attacker Neymar, who was guilty of diving and unsporting behaviour on a number of occasions. With the match goalless after 90 minutes, Coutinho poked the ball home from close range to make it 1-0 in the first minute of injury time, before Neymar tapped in another from the six-yard line six minutes later.
Nigeria vs Iceland – After an underwhelming start to the World Cup, Nigeria fought back in fine style to complete a 2-0 win over Iceland, who had previously held Argentina to a draw. Ahmed Musa showed great technique and skill to score both goals, which came in the 49th and 75th minutes.
Serbia vs Switzerland – Both teams came into the match with momentum and it was Serbia that started in the front foot, with Mitrovic grabbing an early goal in the fifth minute. However, the Swiss team fought back as Granit Xhaka scored from long range in the 52nd minute and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in the 90th to hand his side the win.
Day 10 will witness three more matches – Belgium vs Tunisia, Korea vs Mexico and Germany vs Sweden.