Serbia vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Kieran Trippier

Shaqiri makes no secret at his pride for his heritage at the World Cup.

Serbia's players did not react to the eagle gestures at Kaliningrad Stadium.

All eyes will be on Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic again after his dazzling display but it could be Aleksandar Mitrovic's time to shine.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri are likely to face action from Federation Internationale de Football Association for their celebrations in Switzerland's 2-1 win over Serbia on Friday evening.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.

Sharp, fast, tireless and elusive, *Xherdan Shaqiri *proved more than a handful for the Serbia defence. "They have qualities throughout the squad, excellent individuals". Costa Rica has been eliminated.

Right, handbrake turn away from pseudery, and back to the match.

To make matters even worse for Seferovic, there were 19 shots between both teams in the first half, which has so far been a record high during the tournament, while Seferovic himself failed to register even one.

Switzerland kept Serbia under pressure for the remainder of the game, and Xherdan Shaqiri broke through with the game-winner in the 90th minute.

The reaction of some Serbian players has also been sharp.

The result puts the Swiss, who are guaranteed to advance with a win in their final game, level on points (four) with first-place Brazil in the group, while Serbia slump to third after winning their opening match against Costa Rica.

Xhaka struck the Swiss equalizer in the 52nd minute before Shaqiri scored a late victor when he broke free from the half-way line to slot past Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

A draw for Serbia would have put them in the ascendancy going into that crucial crunch clash with the South Americans, but the Europeans will now be resting their hopes of qualification on, not only a Costa Rican masterclass, but also a masterclass of their own against the most decorated nation in the competition's history.

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