Serbia vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Hirving Lozano

When a reporter asked Petkovic him how he would discuss it with his players, he sidestepped the question.

Boasting one of the oldest defences in the tournament, Serbia's rearguard and goalkeeper have collectively racked up almost 300 caps between them, as defensive tyro Nikola Milenkovic is the only player in the Serbian backline below the age of 30.

"We know everything about Switzerland", stated their head coach Mladen Krstajic after their first match, which was also his first competitive game in charge of the side.

Kosovo was a former province of Serbia, and Serbian fans gathered in Kaliningrad Tuesday to celebrate Russia's 3-1 over Egypt while chanting "Kosovo is Serbia". Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense.

A 90th-minute goal by Xherdan Shaqiri secured Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Serbia in a blistering-paced World Cup Group E match in Kaliningrad on Friday, putting them in a strong position to go through to the knockout round.

"I'm not into politics", he said, also speaking through an interpreter. We have to give our best and we want to win the match.

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Hoping to turn the game on its head, Switzerland made a change at the start of the second half as Mario Gavranovic made his first World Cup appearance.

During the game Shaqiri wore athletic shoes that depicted the Kosovo flag of Kosovo on the back of one heel and the Swiss flag on the other. Xhaka's parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage.

Valon Behrami formed another luxurious axis in the heart of Switzerland's midfield, building on the sensational performance he put in against Brazil on Sunday, as he anchored the middle of the park judiciously, bringing composure and assurance to the midfield.

All eyes will be on Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic again after his dazzling display but it could be Aleksandar Mitrovic's time to shine.

Serbia were making all the forays in and around the offensive third. "I hail from Zenica", Krstajic said.

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