Did you see Shaqiri and Xhaka's controversial celebrations against Serbia — Albanian Eagle

Alfred Finnbogason

There was, nevertheless, plenty for Serbia to be pleased about, with Mitrovic particularly impressive in the air.

Shaqiri took to the field for the match with a Kosovan flag on one of his boots, and the trio are likely to get a hostile reception from a Serbia-dominated crowd.

Matic said during the build-up the team were expecting a "hellish" encounter with the Swiss, who in their game with Brazil fouled star forward Neymar 10 times alone.

Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.

The reaction of some Serbian players has also been sharp.

And where Mladen Krstajic's defence lack in pace and mobility, it more than make up for in experience, but that may have cost the nation dearly as the tiring legs of those at the back were exposed and ripped open towards the end of the match, as Shaqiri raced through on goal and stole a late victor. Switzerland were terrific against Brazil and deserved their point - what they lack up front they more than make up for in the unyielding qualities of their midfield. A draw will be enough for Mladen Krstajic's side only if Switzerland lose vs. Costa Rica by two goals. Jio TV and Airtel TV apps also have the rights to broadcast the match in India. The lineups of both the teams will be announced much before the match starts.

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This prompted Vladimir Petkovic to switch it up at half-time and he brought on Mario Gavranovic at the expense of a despondent Seferovic, and the Swiss attack was immediately transformed, as they pushed forward with more intent and goal than in the first half.

The game really came to life as Switzerland's Mario Gavranovic was played clean through, but he could only find the side-netting - his blushes spared thanks to the assistant's upraised offside flag - ramping up the atmosphere up a few notches in the Kaliningrad Stadium.

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, while Xhaka's parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage.

Switzerland come into the match after a heroic performance against title contenders Brazil and a win against Serbia will them in a strong position to qualify.

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

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