Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

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

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

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. His family, like Shaqiri's, hail from Kosovo, whose independence is not recognised by Serbia for historic reasons. The Swiss have dozens of ethnic Albanians in their national soccer program.

In the tournament's first come-from-behind victory, Xhaka made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute with a powerful shot through a crowded penalty area. We have a lot of Albanians, so there is a lot of history between Serbia and Albania.

It is not a mistake current coach Mladen Krstajic intends to repeat and the Lazio man - who has reportedly attracted the interest of Real Madrid - was lively against Costa Rica.

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring their second goal on June 22, 2018.

"You should never mix politics and football". "You should always show respect". "It's a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that's what football should be about".

The result moves Switzerland to four points in World Cup Group E, level with Brazil, while Serbia are one point behind.

Serbia have three points in the bag after beating Costa Rica but this is a very different test for them.

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Serbia could have gone in two goals to the good at the break but Matic missed a glorious chance when Tadic's in-swinging corner found him unmarked at the back post but he couldn't sort his feet out.

Three quick thoughts on in Switzerland's 2-1 come-from-behind win over Serbia in World Cup Group E play at the Kaliningrad Stadium. Albania and Serbia have a particularly tumultuous relationship, with their leaders meeting for the first time in over 60 years in 2014, which caused tempers to flare.

Lazio's highly rated Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fizzed a right-footed shot narrowly wide of Sommer's right post on 15 minutes, and Mitrovic nearly scored with a spectacular bicycle kick that went the same way minutes later.

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.

Mitrovic was a handful for Switzerland with his strong physical presence close to the goal.

But it was Stoke City winger Shaqiri who struck the decisive blow, breaking through Serbia's offside trap to slot home calmly as the 90 minutes wound down.

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