Xherdan Shaqiri's last minute victor capped an impressive comeback for the Swiss in an eventful Group E encounter in Kaliningrad after Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka levelled following Aleksandar Mitrovic's opener. The side feature the likes of Xerdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in midfield which can trouble Serbian defensive guards.
Xhaka was born to Kosovan-Albanian parents and has a brother, Taulant, who represents the national team.
Kosovo gained independence from Serbia in 2008, however, Serbia still reject this. "In football, you have always emotions". Then Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who was born in Kosovo, scored the winning goal in the 90th minute of the game on a breakaway pass that led him charging down the field.
"I'm very happy to score the goal, that's all".
A reporter asked Petkovic how he would discuss the issue with his players, and the coach sidestepped the question.
"You should never mix politics and football, it's good to be a fan and important to show respect", Petkovic said.
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Neymar was tipped heavily to shine at this World Cup, but he lacked an end product against the Swiss. Costa Rica performed well but fell agonisingly short against one of the tournament favourites.
Switzerland, who came to Russian Federation ranked ahead of the likes of France and Spain, felt their way into the game as the first-half progressed.
The hand gesture the players made after scoring is known as the duart e kryqezuara, or crossed hands. It's a wonderful atmosphere and positive emotions and that's what football should be about.
Switzerland have joined Brazil on four points, while Serbia sit third on three points ahead of the final matchday, which sees Switzerland take on already-eliminated Costa Rica, and Serbia lock horns with Brazil. Politicians in Switzerland and Serbia had their say, too, in the matter. I am a man of sports and this is what I am going to stay.
A 1-0 win over Costa Rica and Brazil's surprise 1-1 draw with Switzerland has left Serbia on the cusp of advancing from Group E in Russian Federation.
Tadic struck into the arms of Sommer down the other end of the field as Serbia had a flurry of chances late in the first half - also coming close through Dusko Tosic and Nemanja Matic from corners - but the two teams headed down the tunnel separated by Mitrovic's fifth-minute header.
- This will be the first meeting between Serbia (as an independent nation) and Switzerland.
The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs.