Switzerland strike late to sink Serbia 2-1

Tanya Simon
June 23, 2018

Serbia came into Friday's match against Switzerland needing a win to clinch a berth in the Round of 16, and for most of the match, it looked like that was exactly what would happen.

Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami is receiving treatment for a muscle problem but is still likely to play.

General view outside the Kaliningrad stadium one day before the match. Not between Swiss and Serbian fans, but between Albanian and Serbian supporters.

Tensions have been building in Serbia ahead of the Switzerland match.

Nemanja Matic missed a glorious chance to double the lead just before the break when Tadic's in-swinging corner found him unmarked at the back post but the Manchester United midfielder couldn't sort his feet out. Visit "My Teams" in your Settings and select your favorite team to set up scores and news alerts.

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

On the other hand, Switzerland's last game against Brazil ended up in drew and it will be the first time since the end of the former Yugoslavia an independent Serbia face Swiss side. - Branislav Ivanovic broke Dejan Stankovic's record for appearances for Serbia in its opening match against Costa Rica - he now has 104 caps. The Serbia forward amassed four shots against Costa Rica without scoring, having netted five goals in as many worldwide appearances in 2018.

"Sometimes there's a lack of recognition and that's a pity because we played very well", grumbled Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic in the aftermath of that game.

The goal made Xhaka the third-ever Swiss player to score in multiple World Cups, joining Andre Abegglen (1934, 1938) and Jackie Fatton (1950, 1954) on the historic list.

The Stoke City winger also used the same celebration as Xhaka for his late victor.

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