Switzerland became the first team to come from behind to win at this World Cup as they ran out 2-1 winners over Serbia on Friday (June 22) courtesy of a Xherdan Shaqiri goal in the last minute of regular time. Serbia had gotten off to a dream start as Aleksandar Mitrovic headed them in front in the 5th minute but the Swiss gradually grew into the game and gained the momentum after Granit Xhaka's equaliser in a fiery and tightly contested affair.
Here's the lowdown for the game:
1. THE GOALS
Serbia 1 (Mitrovic 5th) Switzerland 2 (Xhaka 52nd, Shaqiri 90th)
2. THE WOW MOMENT
Granit Xhaka showed flawless technique with his first-time strike from the edge of the area that left Serbian custodian Vladimir Stojkovic with no chance.A goal of the tournament contender for sure.
3. THE TALKING POINT
Mitrovic was hauled down in the penalty area in the 65th minute by not one but two Swiss defenders in an incident that was not so much a foul but a wrestling match. Referee Felix Brych was somehow unimpressed and waved off the big Serbian's protests. VAR is around for a reason and it should have been deployed here. This travesty of a decision could end up having significant repercussions for Serbia's World Cup hopes.
4. THE STAR
Xherdan Shaqiri. This match was already an emotionally charged affair for the diminutive winger who is of Kosovar ethnicity and elected to make a political statement by wearing boots with the Swiss flag on the left and the Kosovo flag on the right - Serbia do not recognise Kosovo as an independent state. But the Stoke man did his talking on the pitch in the best way, playing his heart out and distilling an individual moment of brilliance that fans have come to expect from him when he is on song for Switzerland's second goal.
5. WHAT THE RESULT MEANS
Switzerland move to second in Group E with the win, level with Brazil on four points but sitting on an inferior goal difference. The Swiss will progress to the knockout rounds with a win in their final match and they will certainly fancy their chances against already eliminated Costa Rica who have failed to find the net so far. Serbia (three points) on the other hand face Brazil and bar a Costa Rica upset need to win in order to make it out of Group E.