Switzerland strike late to sink Serbia 2-1

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after the match. Reuters photo.

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.

Shaqiri latched on to a pass in his own half with Serbia's players pushed up and carried the ball forward before slotting it past Vladimir Stojkovic.

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.

Serbia dominated the first half but Switzerland stormed back after the break. Granit Xhaka equalised when he picked up a rebound outside the penalty box and rifled it home in the 52nd minute.

Switzerland's victory left the group open, with them and Brazil on four points and Serbia on three. But the Swiss face an easier task with their last match against Costa Rica, who are already out. (Reporting by Angus MacSwan; Editing by Ed Osmond)

 Serbia

Vladimir Stojkovic; Branislav Ivanovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Dusko Tosic, Aleksandar Kolarov; Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Filip Kostic; Aleksandar Mitrovic

Coach: Mladen Krstajic (SRB)

 Switzerland

Yann Sommer; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schaer, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Xherdan Shaqiri, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber; Haris Seferovic

Coach: Vladimir Petkovic (SUI)

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

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