Shaqiri scored late-time winner to hand Switzerland comeback victory before Xhaka net stunning rocket as the Swiss beat Serbia 2-1.

2018 World Cup

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Match Events

5′ GOAL! Serbia 1-0 Switzerland (Mitrović)

GOAL FOR SERBIA! 1-0! Aleksandar Mitrovic fires a powerful header in at the left post as he runs onto a Tadic cross tipped in off the right flank, burying it past Sommer in goal with perfect timing. Switzerland are one down inside the first five minutes.

16′ CHANCE! Milinkovic-Savic’s shot wide out

Milinkovic-Savic! The Serbian midfielder goes for goal from 18 yards out on the right, pulling a shot back across himself after cutting out from centre-field, and he shakes his head as it sails wide of the left post.

18′ CHANCE! Mitrovic’s shot over the bar

Tadic probes the Swiss back-line again and tips a cross in for Mitrovic who goes for the overhead kick, just pushing his effort over the crossbar.

30′ CHANCE! Dzemaili’s shot saved

Stojkovic with the save! He denies Dzemaili directly on his goal-line after the Swiss striker was released into the box with a burst of speed on the back of a Zuber throughball. Serbia’s defence just switched off there for a moment.

44′ WHAT A CHANCE missed by Tosic!

Tadic delivers a fantastic corner and the unmarked defender stuffs up his header to put it well wide on the left. That should have been a second goal for Serbia.

45′ CHANCE! Tadic’s shot over the bar

Tadic goes close! His wonderful strike from the right edge of the box goes whipping past the top-right corner following a Milinkovic-Savic square ball that cuts straight through the Swiss defence.

51′ CHANCE! Mitrovic’s shot over the bar

52′ GOAL! Serbia 1-1 Switzerland (Xhaka)

OH MY WORD, WHAT A GOAL FOR GRANIT XHAKA! SWITZERLAND ARE LEVEL AT 1-1!

The Arsenal man fires an absolute rocket of an effort in off the rebound of a Kolarov block on a Shaqiri strike on the right, catching it around 25 yards out on the left and blasting it in at the far post. Out of almost nothing, Switzerland are back on level terms.

58′ OFF THE POST! Shaqiri almost scores

Shaqiri, my word! The Stoke man curls a ball from the right edge of the Serbia box towards the top left corner and hits the post with it, to an audible intake of breath around Kaliningrad. If that had gone it, that would have been something special.

68′ WHAT A CHANCE missed by Mitrovic!

Mitrovic! The Serbian should have tapped in a slick ball delivered by Kolarov across the six-yard box at the right post, yet completely misses it instead under little pressure from Akanji. What a chance that was.

90′ GOAL! Serbia 1-2 Switzerland (Shaqiri)

 SHAQIRI FOR SWITZERLAND! THEY LEAD 2-1!

avranovic plays a long throughball to the Stoke man, and with the Serbian defence bar Tosic all deep in the opposition half looking for their own late goal, he goes unmarked into the opposition box and slots calmly into the bottom-right corner under Stojkovic after coaxng the keeper off his line. What a second-half turnaround for Switzerland!

Match Report

Xherdan Shaqiri scored a last-minute winner to give Switzerland one foot in the last 16 of the World Cup after a 2-1 victory over Serbia.

The Stoke City forward kept his cool to put the finishing touch on a brilliant second-half fightback from Vladimir Petkovic’s side that began when Granit Xhaka scored a thunderous equaliser early in the second half.

Arsenal midfielder Xhaka defied Switzerland’s reputation as a side lacking in attacking threat when he rattled the ball into the net from 25 yards, pulling his team back into a game that had threatened to get away from them.

Aleksandar Mitrovic wreaked havoc in Switzerland’s box throughout the first half, scoring the second opportunity presented to him for a Serbia team that looked assured and confident after beating Costa Rica 1-0 in their first game.

But their early energy and poise faded and the defeat leaves Mladen Krstajic’s team heading into their last Group E game against Brazil knowing only a win can guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages.

Meanwhile Switzerland will meet already-eliminated Costa Rica and the way they improved throughout the course of this game will give their Bosnian coach every confidence that they can secure the point they need against Costa Rica to be sure of a place in the knockout stages for the second consecutive World Cup.

Line-ups

Serbia XI: Vladimir Stojkovic, Dusko Tosic, Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nemanja Matic, Dusan Tadic, Luka Milivojevic, Filip Kostic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Nikola Milenkovic

Subs: Antonio Rukavina, Aleksandar Prijovic, Adem Ljajic, Milan Rodic, Marko Dmitrovic, Uros Spajic, Predrag Rajkovic, Andrija Zivkovic, Milos Veljkovic, Nemanja Radonjic, Marko Grujic, Luka Jovic

Switzerland XI: Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Yann Sommer, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferovic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Ricardo Rodríguez, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Schär, Manuel Akanji

Subs: Johan Djourou, Gelson Fernandes, Michael Lang, Roman Bürki, Mario Gavranovic, Josip Drmic, François Moubandje, Remo Freuler, Yvon Mvogo, Nico Elvedi, Breel Embolo, Denis Zakaria

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