Switzerland coach Murat Yakin and defender Manuel Akanji played down suggestions their Group G decider against Serbia could reignite political tensions between the two nations and called for the focus to be redirected towards sporting matters.
Captain Granit Xhaka and midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri were key figures – both with their goals and provocative celebrations – when the Swiss beat Serbia 2-1 in the group stage in 2018 in a contest with heavy political undertones.
Switzerland and Serbia meet on Friday in the battle for second place behind group winners Brazil and a spot in the last 16, where they would face the winners of Group H. Cameroon, who face Brazil, also have a chance of finishing runners-up.
"We've discussed this many times. We're happy to focus on football tomorrow and respect each other," Yakin told reporters on Thursday.
"Since April the Swiss FA, the president and the general secretary all came to an agreement that we're only talking about sport here, and this also applies to the players. We respect the players, and they also are respectful.
"It's all about football tomorrow and this is what is going to matter. We are ready and mature enough to just play football. We want to make our nation proud and happy, and we will ignore the rest."
Switzerland World Cup 2022 squad
Goalkeepers: Gregor Kobel, Philipp Kohn, Jonas Omlin, Yann Sommer
Defenders: Manuel Akanji, Eray Comert, Nico Elvedi, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schar, Sylvan Widmer
Midfielders: Michel Aebischer, Edimilson Fernandes, Fabian Frei, Remo Freuler, Ardon Jashari, Noah Okafor, Fabian Rieder, Xherdan Shaqiri, Djibril Sow, Renato Steffen, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria
Forwards: Breel Embolo, Christian Fassnacht, Haris Seferovic, Reuben Vargas
Who are the star names?
Xherdan Shaqiri, 31, is still going strong for US side Chicago Fire and harbours a stacked CV which includes the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Qatar is Shaquiri's fourth World Cup.
All eyes will be on captain Granit Xhaka to see whether he can bring his excellent form at Arsenal to the tournament. Both Shaqiri and Xhaka impressed our readers, with Xhaka being the highest rated player on the pitch with Shaqiri not too far behind.
Goalkeeper Yann Sommer is also one to watch, conceding just two goals during the qualifying rounds and he was awarded the official man of the match award against Cameroon.
What are Switzerland's results and fixtures?
November 24: Switzerland 1 Cameroon 0
November 28: Brazil vs Switzerland
December 2: Cameroon vs Brazil
What is Switzerland's World Cup record?
The squad finished qualification two points clear of Italy to book their spot in Qatar, reaching their 12th World Cup since their debut in 1934, four years after the tournament was founded.
Switzerland have reached the quarter-finals three times, but not since 1954 when a home crowd pulled them through.
The last four editions saw the team knocked out in the Round of 16 three times, and the group stage once.
Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon | Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | Ecuador | England | France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | South Korea | Spain | Switzerland | Tunisia | Uruguay | USA | Wales
Switzerland are currently a best price of 80/1 to win the World Cup.