Serbia vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Serbia vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Serbia vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Switzerland were largely ineffective in the first half, but they came out after the restart with more intent, and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka levelled proceedings with a bullet strike right out of the top drawer, while a late victor from Xherdan Shaqiri secured a vital 2-1 result for the Swiss.

Both Shaqiri and Xhaka pointedly celebrated their goals by making an eagle gesture with their hands, viewed as a symbol of defiance.

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.

Xhaka was born to Kosovan-Albanian parents and has a brother, Taulant, who represents the national team.

"This is football, we did not convert some of our chances", Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said.

The Kosovo War that ended in 1999 remains a contentious territory in both Serbia and Albania with the region now residing within Serbia, but having it's own Fifa-recognised team.

The coach Krstajic is referring to is Vladimir Petkovic, who is hopeful star Valon Behrami is fit to play amid concerns over a thigh problem.

"You should never mix politics and football, it's good to be a fan and important to show respect", he told reporters after the game. I understand them. I think it's normal, it's part of their life.

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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. It's a wonderful atmosphere and positive emotions and that's what football should be about. Politicians in Switzerland and Serbia had their say, too, in the matter.

Serbia almost had their second just before the half but Dusko Tosic's diving header from point-blank range skidded off his head to Nemanja Matic who couldn't react fast enough to finish the chance.

But it was Shaqiri who struck the decisive blow, breaking through Serbia's offside trap to slot home calmly as the 90 minutes wound down.

Shaqiri, Xhaka and Belrami trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, a fact which had stoked tensions before the match.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored a 90th-minute victor as Switzerland came from behind to beat Serbia 2-1 at the 2018 World Cup.

Serbia had chances to score more before halftime.

The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs.

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