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

July 16 2018, 04:34 | Van Peters

Serbia v Switzerland

Kieran Trippier

Xherdan Shaqiri scored a late victor to help Switzerland stun Serbia 2-1 in their second Group E game on Friday.

The Serbs control their destiny after an opening 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Sunday, which came courtesy of a stunning Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick. "We're here for sports to represent our country in the best possible way and we're not at all interested in anything else".

"I hope that people will take notice of us and take us seriously". It remains to be seen if coach Vladimir Petkovic will stick with the same 11 that has started both their matches so far, with Haris Seferovic having struggled in the first half here. There was, nevertheless, plenty for Serbia to be pleased about, with Mitrovic particularly impressive in the air.

Ivanovic, Serbia's most experienced player, charged at the ball just before Xhaka blasted it into the back of the net and was in great position to make a block - but he dove to the ground at the last second.

And that resurgence continues to grow game-by-game, as Mitrovic has now scored 18 goals in 26 games for club and country in 2018.

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

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It was each side's first group game of the World Cup , and Suarez will have been relieved to see Gimenez steal all three points. He injured his shoulder playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final on 26 May.

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

"They (Switzerland) are a tactical and technical side that has been together for a long time", he added.

"We know everything about Switzerland", stated their head coach Mladen Krstajic after their first match, which was also his first competitive game in charge of the side.

It was an assignment that was every bit as tough as Serbia expected.

Shaqiri's flag - he also wears a Swiss one on his left boot - has been perceived as provocation with Kosovo declaring independence from 10 years ago - which has refused to recognise.

Midfielders Valon Behrami of Italian club Udinese, Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City and Arsenal's Granit Xhaka all have Kosovar heritage and all three played in the Brazil game.

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