Shaqiri´s late goal helps Switzerland to stand in front of the next round
Switzerland took a step forward the round of 16 after beating Serbia 1-2 in the Group E encounter yesterday at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad.
Aleksandar Mitrovic gave dominant Serbian the lead in the fifth minute of the game and maintained the lead. The win would have confirmed their place in the last 16 with 6 points from 2 games.
However, Switzerland was a different team in the second session and Granit Xhaka scored a brilliant goal to bring in the equalizer in the 52 minute.
Shaqiri scored at the end of regulation time when he was fitted ball by Gavranovic and the Stoke man took full advantage of the situation and slotted the ball at the bottom right corner to stunt everyone witnessing the game.
With the win, Switzerland are now level with Brazil with four points in Group E and need a draw against Costa Rica who are already out of the contest.
Full-time: Serbia 1-2 Switzerland
90+4: Substitution for Switzerland, Steven Zuber OFF Josip Drmic IN
90: Yellow card Xherdan Shaqiri
90: Goal!! Xherdan Shaqiri scored for Switzerland
87: Yellow card Aleksandar Mitrovic
81: Substitution for Serbia, Luka Milivojevic OFF Nemanja Radonjic OFF
73: Substitution for Switzerland Blerim Dzemaili OFF Embolo IN
65: Substitution for Serbia, Filip Kostic, OFF Adem Ljajic OFF
52: Goal!! Granit Xhaka scored for Switzerland
46: Substitution for Switzerland Haris Seferovic OFF Mario Gavranovic IN
46: Second half kicks off
Half-time: Serbia1-0 Switzerland
45+2: Yellow card Nemanja Matic
45: Two minutes added
39: Yellow card Luka Milivojevic
33: Yellow card Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
5: Goal!! Aleksandar Mitrovic scores for Serbia
1: First half kick off
Subs: Yvon Mvogo, Gelson Fernandes, Breel Embolo, Francois Moubandje, Remo Freuler, Michael Lang, Josip Drmic, Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Roman Burki, Denis Zakaria, Mario Gavranovic
Switzerland line-up: Yann Sommer; Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodríguez, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar; Granit Xhaka, Steven Zuber, Xherdan Shaqiri, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili; Haris Seferovic
Subs: Marko Dmitrovic, Marko Grujic, Antonio Rukavina, Nemanja Radonjic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Milos Veljkovic, Luka Jovic, Uros Spajic, Adem Ljajic, Predrag Rajkovic, Milan Rodic, Andrija Zivkovic
Serbia line-up Vladimir Stojkovic; Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Filip Kostic, Luka Milivojevic, Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Matic; Aleksandar Mitrovic.