Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Xherdan Shaqiri says controversial celebration was 'emotion' during Switzerland win over Serbia

Xherdan Shaqiri says controversial celebration was 'emotion' during Switzerland win over Serbia

Switzerland fouled Neymar 10 times during Sunday's 1-1 stalemate - the most inflicted on a single player in a World Cup game since 1998 - and Petkovic said his side would not hold back against the Serbs. "We're here for sports to represent our country in the best possible way and we're not at all interested in anything else".

Mitrovic too looked lively, winning header after header over the Swiss centre backs and he opened the scoring on five minutes with an emphatic finish off an exquisite cross from Tadic.

One team that has definitely taken notice is Serbia. But hurt pride was not a factor.

Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to continue to wear footwear which will have the Kosovo flag on his right heel to pay tribute to his heritage.

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

Xhaka silenced the Serbian contingent in the 52nd minute, however, when he rifled home a loose ball in spectacular style from 25 metres before Shaqiri ran onto a through ball and finished with aplomb to win the game at the death. His brother plays for Albania's national team. "They're trying to provoke us but we won't get dragged down to their level".

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I cried a little watching her", Markle said. "I'm going to take you away for the day and show you how this works'". I was jealous, I wish I'd been there, I wish it'd been me, but thank God he was there. "That upsets me somewhat".

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.

It is not a mistake current coach Mladen Krstajic intends to repeat and the Lazio man - who has reportedly attracted the interest of Real Madrid - was lively against Costa Rica.

Valon Behrami formed another luxurious axis in the heart of Switzerland's midfield, building on the sensational performance he put in against Brazil on Sunday, as he anchored the middle of the park judiciously, bringing composure and assurance to the midfield.

For 47 minutes, Serbia had one foot in the last 16, playing a muscular yet intelligent football that was immediately reminiscent of Croatia's 3-0 win over Argentina the night before.

Sharp, fast, tireless and elusive, *Xherdan Shaqiri *proved more than a handful for the Serbia defence.

Head coach Vladimir Petkovic could name the same side that drew 1-1 with Brazil, with Haris Seferovic continuing as a lone forward. The hard-working striker (and goal-scorer) Aleksandar Mitrovic disrupted Switzerland's build-up play, and Nemanja Matic orchestrated the game while protecting the battle-hardened back four. Switzerland have participated in the last three World Cups and European Championship - 27 points in the qualification is remarkable!

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