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Serbia vs Switzerland: We are ready for ‘hellish’ clash, Matic says

Serbia vs Switzerland: We are ready for ‘hellish’ clash, Matic says

The goal put Switzerland second in the group with a winnable match against Costa Rica left, while Serbia now must get a result against Group favorite Brazil. - Branislav Ivanovic broke Dejan Stankovic's record for appearances for Serbia in its opening match against Costa Rica - he now has 104 caps. "We're here for sports to represent our country in the best possible way and we're not at all interested in anything else".

Shaqiri scored a last-gasp victor against Serbia.

The players' celebrations sparked debate on Twitter, with some questioning the need to mix politics with football, and asking whether world football governing body FIFA would take action.

"We can't just play physically", he said.

"I don't have any comments", Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said. "I did it, and we don't have to speak about this". The team didn't panic when Brazil had scored the goal and taken the lead.

Imperious in the air, Mitrovic has been sensational since the turn of the year, and this evening the bullish marksman demonstrated exactly why he has received such widespread praise in recent months. His brother plays for Albania's national team.

"They (Switzerland) are a tactical and technical side that has been together for a long time", he added.

A dream start ensued for Serbia when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home a cross from Dusan Tadic in the fifth minute.

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

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.

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

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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