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

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.

Recommended News

  • Senegal fans celebrate victory over Poland by cleaning the stadium

    Senegal fans celebrate victory over Poland by cleaning the stadium

    Cisse however agrees that after five defeats in the six games featuring African teams, the hunt for glory could take some time . It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallways.
    Oppo Find X sports a bezel-free design with pop-up cameras

    Oppo Find X sports a bezel-free design with pop-up cameras

    As for the price, the Find X retails for almost $700 in China, but when it is sold the US that price will go skywards very easily. Going back to the screen of this device, the 6.4-inch display is using a curved OLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution.
    England fans lost their minds over Harry Kane's late game-winning goal

    England fans lost their minds over Harry Kane's late game-winning goal

    Southgate said: "We're of course aware of the history of the city and the importance of that battle in the Second World War". England had penalty claims of their own turned down before struggling to maintain their intensity after halftime.
  • Disney Fox Acquisition Solidified With $71.4 Billion Deal

    Disney Fox Acquisition Solidified With $71.4 Billion Deal

    This stake now stands at 39.1% but Fox is seeking to take full control of the business prior to selling it on to Disney . Shares of Disney rose 29 cents to $106.47 and Comcast shares rose 22 cents to $33.03 United States dollars .
    Sideline controversy as Senegal glide past Poland

    Sideline controversy as Senegal glide past Poland

    But playing in their second World Cup , Senegal showed a passion and physicality that their seeded opponents could not handle. Striker M'Baye Niang controlled the ball ahead of an advancing goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before tapping into an empty net.
    Melania Trump speaks out against child migrant camps

    Melania Trump speaks out against child migrant camps

    I encourage everyone to learn more about how your state can help protect our most vulnerable from the effects of opioid abuse. A Honduran mother with her daughter shortly before the two were separated at the US-Mexico border. "It is immoral.
  • House Immigration Bill Could Stall, Blames Democrats

    It was dead earlier this month, after an insurgent effort to force a vote on a bipartisan bill in the House failed. "We are going to take action to keep families together while we enforce our immigration laws".
    Prince William and Kate Middleton announce details of Prince Louis’ christening

    Prince William and Kate Middleton announce details of Prince Louis’ christening

    Since his birth, Louis has not been seen in public although his family did issue official photographs of the new royal last month. It will take place at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London - the same place Prince George was also christened.
    Trump orders USA  military to form ‘Space Force’

    Trump orders USA military to form ‘Space Force’

    The government would team up with the private sector to develop new technologies to track and monitor space debris . Saying that he does not want "China and other countries leading us", Trump said space was a national security issue.
  • Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, signs executive order

    Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, signs executive order

    Nielsen has been at the White House all morning in the room with the President and key staff, and she's a "key player" in this. From March to May this year, more than 50,000 people a month were apprehended for illegally crossing the border from Mexico.

    Instagram expands into long videos, will compete with YouTube

    Instagram , which Facebook bought for $1 billion six years ago, now has 1 billion users, up from 800 million nine months ago. Systrom said IGTV is built to be used on a smartphone, and boosts the time for videos from the previous limit of one minute.
    Cavs have met with LeBron James’ reps, but his decision remains unclear

    Cavs have met with LeBron James’ reps, but his decision remains unclear

    The Cavaliers could try to outmatch other organizations by offering their star a five-year max contract worth $205 million. His mentality now is probably: I want to get four before [ Golden State Warriors guard] Steph [Curry ] does.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.