World Cup 2018: Switzerland come from behind to beat Serbia 2-1

first_imgSwitzerland became the first nation to register a come-from-behind victory in the FIFA World Cup 2018 as they beat Serbia 2-1 in their Group E fixture on Friday.The Swiss were trailing 1-0 just after five minutes in the first half when Aleksandar Mitrovic netted for Serbia. Mitrovic has been in splendid form this year and has scored 18 times in 26 games for club and country.That was the only goal scored in the first 45 minutes but early into the second half Switzerland clawed their way back into the game as Granit Xhaka equalised with a stunning strike from outside the Serbian box.FIFA World Cup 2018, Serbia vs Switzerland: HighlightsIt was the 25-year-old’s fifth goal from outside the box for the Swiss out of the 10 that he has scored overall.A goal at the beginning of each halfThat’s now 26 games without a 0-0 now at this #WorldCup#SRBSUI 1-1 pic.twitter.com/iEqUuVbQMvFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018The two sides battled for possession and superiority for the next 38 minutes but had little to show for their efforts.That is when Xherdan Shaqiri turned it around in the final minute of normal time as he sprinted clear having been played onside at the half-way line and maintained his composure to clip the ball underneath the goalkeeper.ANOTHER late strike in Group E! #SRBSUI pic.twitter.com/xvkTJkkpckFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018The win saw Switzerland extend its record of just one loss in 24 outings. This was their 17th win in the said period in which they have drawn just 6 games. Their last loss came against Portugal in the World Cup qualifier in October 2017.advertisementThe result left Brazil, 2-0 winners over Costa Rica, top with four points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference with Serbia on three.Brazil and Serbia meet in their final game while the Swiss face Costa Rica, already eliminated after losing their first two games.So, Group E…1) #BRA2) #SUI3) #SRB4) #CRC #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/C01rVGhsSyFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018Serbia made a flying start and Mitrovic forced Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer into an early save with a close-range header.Sommer was powerless, however, in the fifth minute when Nemanja Matic won the ball and found Dusan Tadic, whose cross was met with a soaring header from Mitrovic.With Mitrovic proving a handful for the Swiss defence, Serbia threatened to over-run their opponents and missed another chance when a corner flew across the face of goal and Dusko Tosic just failed to make contact.Switzerland came right back into the game seven minutes after halftime thanks to Xhaka’s fulminating strike after a rebound fell nicely into his path.Xhaka was almost upstaged by Shaqiri who clipped the crossbar with a curling, dipping shot from the unlikeliest of angles and the match turned into a pulsating end-to-end affair which was brilliantly settled by Shaqiri.Switzerland cleared a Serbia attack and a through pass sent the diminutive forward scuttling away before he slotted the ball neatly into the far corner.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more