Shaqiri & Xhaka celebrations spark scandal as politics overshadows Swiss win against Serbia

Harry Kane England Tunisia

Harry Kane England Tunisia

Kosovo, a former Serbian province, declared its independence in 2008.

Boasting one of the oldest defences in the tournament, Serbia's rearguard and goalkeeper have collectively racked up almost 300 caps between them, as defensive tyro Nikola Milenkovic is the only player in the Serbian backline below the age of 30.

Another late victor: Xherdan Shaqiri pinched the game for Switzerland. "In football, you have always emotions".

Switzerland saw off any late threat from Serbia to run out 2-1 winners and move up to second spot in Group D.

After causing Yann Sommer problems with his first header of the night, Aleksandar Mitrovic made no mistake with his second to put his side ahead with five minutes gone.

"I guarantee you my players will take responsibility, be aggressive and on top of the other team", Krstajic said Thursday.

Years of war in Balkans sent many families to western European countries, including Switzerland.

He opened proceedings at the Kaliningrad Stadium after heading home a towering header, which means he has now scored 15 goals in his last 18 starts for Serbia.

And Shaqiri would secure the points on the stroke of 90 minutes when he broke behind the defence and rolled his shot past a charging Stojkovic to make Switzerland the first team to score a come-from-behind victory in Russian Federation.

And Serbia head coach Mladen Krstajic is braced for a hard encounter, telling Swiss newspaper Blick: "They are very strong!"

Serbia have three points in the bag after beating Costa Rica but this is a very different test for them.

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic has vowed to keep up his side's high-tempo, physical approach that earned them a draw with Brazil. Serbia will face Brazil in Moscow at the same time.

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

Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia could all still claim first place in the group with a win on Wednesday. And while his opening goal in the first match against Costa Rica was a sheer delight, the Serbs could not build on that emphatic clean sheet and victory against the Central Americans.

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