World Cup, Group E preview: Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland

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Costa Rica: Los Ticos made a magical run four years ago in Brazil, but can they repeat that feat this time around? With one of the oldest squads in the tournament, Costa Rica will be reliant on many veterans with World Cup experience, however, if they are to advance they’ll be in a tight battle for second. READ FULL TEAM PREVIEW

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Serbia: The nation hasn’t reached the knockout phase in 20 years, but the European side will hope the likes of Sergej Milinković-Savić and Serbia’s youthful attack will be able to compliment their veteran back line. READ FULL TEAM PREVIEW

Switzerland: A run to the Round of 16 four years ago gave the Swiss the confidence needed to duplicate the feat this time around, however, the Euro side has never reached the knockout phase in back-to-back World Cups. READ FULL TEAM PREVIEW

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Who’s going through: Brazil and Costa Rica

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Who’s going home: Serbia and Switzerland

Marquee match: Brazil vs. Costa Rica, Saint Petersburg

Top 5 players to watch
1) Neymar — Brazil
2) Gabriel Jesus — Brazil
3) Sergej Milinković-Savić — Serbia
4) Keylor Navas — Costa Rica
5) Xherdan Shaqiri — Switzerland