A brilliant solo goal from Xerdan Shaqiri on the stroke of full-time was all Switzerland needed to seal a 2-1 comeback win over Serbia in a tight Group E clash at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Newcastle United striker Alexandre Mitrovic gave the Serbians an early lead in the 5th minute and they held on to that advantage until the halftime interval as Switzerland found it tough in the task to break down their opponents’ rearguard.
The 1954 World Cup hosts, however, improved offensively after the break and they were rewarded within nine minutes courtesy a stunning equaliser from Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka before Xerdan Shaqiri produced a moment of brilliance to win the game for the Swiss team with a superb solo goal in the final minute of the game.
Xhaka and Shaqiri become the 3rd and 4th player to score for Switzerland at two World Cup editions respectively, while Shaqiri is now the second World Cup topscorer for his country after netting his 4th goal against the Serbians.
The win takes Switzerland above Serbia into second place behind Group E leaders Brazil ahead of the last set of games in the group.
Switzerland face the group’s whipping boys, Costa Rica, in their final group game knowing that at least a draw will take them into the knockout stage, while Serbia do battle with Brazil.
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