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World Cup match report Serbia v Switzerland 22 June 2018

World Cup match report Serbia v Switzerland 22 June 2018

Shaqiri scored a late game-winner and Swiss fans lost their minds. There was, nevertheless, plenty for Serbia to be pleased about, with Mitrovic particularly impressive in the air.

For Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, the match against Serbia was the game of their lives, and the way that both celebrated their goals sent a real message to their opponent.

Former coach Slavoljub Muslin, who led the team to qualification for Russian Federation, reportedly paid with his job for failing to select Milinkovic-Savic.

Serbia raced out of the blocks, funnelling possession to Southampton winger Dusan Tadic on the right flank, who troubled Switzerland with his crossing all match. "They have qualities throughout the squad, excellent individuals".

The Swiss went for a fresh pair of legs at half time as forward Haris Seferovic was hauled off after being fairly anonymous throughout the first period, Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Gavranovic coming on. They are making daunting run forwards and are wrecking havoc on the Swiss backline.

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.

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The goal put Switzerland second in the group with a winnable match against Costa Rica left, while Serbia now must get a result against Group favorite Brazil.

But it is not just the Swiss hatchet man's tackling ability that makes him such an invaluable player to this Swiss side, he also brings an air of composure to the midfield and compliments this with his brilliant passing ability, as he only misplaced three passes against Brazil.

After scoring the dramatic victor, Shaqiri wheeled away to the Serbian fans and crossed his hands over his chest to represent the Albanian Eagle.

The match looked to be heading for a draw until a stunning intervention from Shaqiri, who latched onto a through ball and outpaced the defence before slotting home past Vladimir Stojkovic.

"We will tell them we had a great match against Brazil".

Xhaka was playing a lot more freedom with a change of system, his through ball on the edge of Serbia's penalty area found Steven Zubar but former Chelsea full-back Branislav Ivanovic knocked it away from his toes just in time.


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