MOSCOW (RUSSIA): A last-minute goal from Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Friday.
While Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a lead in the fifth minute of the game, Switzerland's equaliser came in second half, thanks to a superb long-range strike by Granit Xhaka in the 52nd minute, an ANI report said.
Shaqiri attempted to get a shot off, but it was blocked. And it was a fortunate block for the Swiss as the ball ended up in the path of a streaking Granit Xhaka, who put his boot to the ball and fired a missile into the back of the net to tie things up in the 52nd minute.
It was Switzerland’s first win at the tournament. With four points, Switzerland is second in Group E. The group’s leader is Brazil, also with four points. The Serbians are third with three points while Costa Rica, having zero points, has lost the chance to make it to the knockout stage, TASS reported.
Though Switzerland played the game under pressure following a 1-1 draw against Brazil in their first match of the tournament, the team did not lose calm till the last minute in their must win second game.
Mitrovic started off well for Switzerland, which 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. Switzerland will next meet already-eliminated Costa Rica.
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