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Albanian Eagle: Did you see Shaqiri and Xhaka's controversial celebrations against Serbia?

23 June, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Aleksandar Kolarov

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.

"That's not enough - we have to play better against".

Switzerland wasted little time in finding their equaliser after the break with Granit Xhaka pouncing on a blocked Shaqiri shot and firing an unstoppable blast from outside the box past a helpless Stojkovic on 52 minutes.

But Friday's game could decide the eventual shape of Group E, with both sides vying for what is likely a single last-16 spot alongside five-time winners Brazil.

The familiar faces of Branislav Ivanovic and Aleksandar Kolarov are still going strong, with the latter playing a key role in a well-oiled Eusebio Di Francesco defence for Roma, as his exploits helped the Giallorossi to a Champions League semi-final last season. Switzerland were terrific against Brazil and deserved their point - what they lack up front they more than make up for in the unyielding qualities of their midfield.

Haris Seferovic was largely anonymous in the first half as the Benfica forward really struggled to stamp his authority on the match.


Right, handbrake turn away from pseudery, and back to the match. He has the flags of Switzerland and Kosovo tattooed on his left arm.

Against Brazil, the 34-year-old stifled Neymar and Co.as the Europeans held out for a very commendable draw against one of the tournament's favourites, and that was largely due to the exploits of Behrami's hard-hitting tackles.

The reaction of some Serbian players has also been sharp.

Switzerland kept their World Cup hopes alive with a dramatic late victory over Serbia thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Speaking through an interpreter, he says: "We will tell them we had a great match against Brazil".

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.

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