Serbia vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

But Friday's game could decide the eventual shape of Group E, with both sides vying for what is likely a single last-16 spot alongside five-time winners Brazil.

Xhaka curled the ball through traffic to tie the game at 1-1, and Ivanovic suddenly became a very unpopular man on social media.

An incredibly tight finale sees Serbia take on Brazil in Moscow on Wednesday, while Switzerland play a Costa Rica team that already have no hope of making the knockout stages.

The win puts Switzerland into second place in Group E with four points, the same as Brazil.

"We are aware of what is in store for us", Matic said.

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. Blerim Dzemaili had their best chance half an hour in, forcing Serbia keeper Vladimir Stojkovic to push the ball clear. "We need him in the next couple of matches", Petkovic said.

"I'm not into politics", Serbia's coach, Mladen Krstajic, told reporters before the game.

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

Former coach Slavoljub Muslin, who led the team to qualification for Russian Federation, reportedly paid with his job for failing to select Milinkovic-Savic. Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic asked recently.

9 - the number of World Cup matches Nati captain Stefan Lichtsteiner has now played for Switzerland, breaking the national record held by Charles Antenen since Chile 1962.

One sub-plot to watch out for could be the Serbian fans' treatment of Switzerland's three players with links to Kosovo.

Xhaka struck the Swiss equalizer in the 52nd minute before Shaqiri scored a late victor when he broke free from the half-way line to slot past Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Switzerland were largely ineffective in the first half, but they came out after the restart with more intent, and Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka levelled proceedings with a bullet strike right out of the top drawer, while a late victor from Xherdan Shaqiri secured a vital 2-1 result for the Swiss.


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