Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

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

Aleksandar Kolarov insists Serbia has no plans to take its foot off the pedal as it looks to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup with victory over Switzerland.

On the other hand, Switzerland's last game against Brazil ended up in drew and it will be the first time since the end of the former Yugoslavia an independent Serbia face Swiss side.

Dusko Tosic and the aforementioned Milenkovic individually bring youth and experience to their centre-back partnership, as Tosic turned 33 not long ago, meaning 13-years separate the two defenders, while Vladimir Stojkovic between the sticks is, incredibly, one of three 34-year-olds in the squad. 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. "We need him in the next couple of matches", Petkovic said. "I did it, and we don't have to speak about this". There was, nevertheless, plenty for Serbia to be pleased about, with Mitrovic particularly impressive in the air.

But their rising star is Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a rangy attacking midfielder who has drawn comparisons with Serbian great Dejan Stankovic. The team didn't panic when Brazil had scored the goal and taken the lead.

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

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.

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

Aleksandar Mitrovic had given Serbia a dream start when he rose and headed a floating Dusan Tadic cross firmly past Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer five minutes into the game.

Such displays have angered some Serbian fans, who often wear T-shirts bearing the map of Kosovo with the Serbian flag on it.

The side feature the likes of Xerdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in midfield which can trouble Serbian defensive guards.

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