The world's most expensive player has been battling to shake off the broken metatarsal and sprained ankle he suffered while playing for Paris Saint-Germain in February.
Switzerland have lost only one out of 12 competitive matches since Euro 2016 - a World Cup qualifier away to Portugal.
"Tite has found a way to put the team together, he found a way to create this harmony with the players".
Costa Rica is facing a much harder battle to get through, with Brazil their next game, it seems unlikely that Costa Rica will be able to match their 2014 World Cup performance this time around.
Meanwhile, day four of the World Cup kicked off at the Samara Arena, . with the 23rd ranked Costa Rica taking on Serbia, ranked 34th by Federation Internationale de Football Association.
Swiss team coach Vladimir Petkovic during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Rostov-On-Don, Russia.
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Also joining Messi at a fourth World Cup is teammate Javier Mascherano , who had his 34th birthday last week. Both teams jockeyed for possessions, until halftime presided with both teams looking ahead carte blanche.
During their winning campaign in Brazil in 2014, Germany had trailed all of their opponents for a combined total of just eight minutes, all of which came against Ghana in the group stages.
Germany are attempting to become only the third side in the World Cup's 88-year history to successfully defend their title, after Italy (1934-1938) and Brazil (1958-1962).
The incident occurred about 200 metres (yards) from Red Square, which was packed with foreign football fans snapping pictures of the Kremlin on a warm and sunny afternoon.
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