Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri's Albanian flag celebrations for Switzerland draw attention

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri's Albanian flag celebrations for Switzerland draw attention

Switzerland rallied to beat Serbia 2-1 at the World Cup, but Albania's national flag was at the centre of attention.

"It's clear that emotions were displayed up and I think we all need to steer away from politics and focus on this sport as a lovely game that brings people together", Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic told reporters.

"Well, I will speak with the players and I will tell them we've had a great match against Brazil", he told a press conference.

Shaqiri also played in boots marked with the flags of Switzerland and Kosovo - the breakaway region that is not recognized as independent by Serbia or Russian Federation.

In the first half this evening, he completed 41 passes in 41 attempts, and that form rolled over into the second half as the Swiss really began to ramp up pressure on the Serbian goal, with the former West Ham midfielder further completing 59 passes as his side had 62% possession.

Kosovo, a former Serbian province, declared its independence in 2008. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense.

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic has vowed to keep up his side's high-tempo, physical approach that earned them a draw with Brazil.

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"We're in a situation where we need a win against Brazil on and we will focus and do whatever we can to try and win".

Coincidentally, Xherdan Shaqiri went on to score a late victor for Switzerland, who move level on points with Brazil at the top of Group E, in the 2-1 triumph.

In the tournament's first come-from-behind victory, Xhaka made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute with a powerful shot through a crowded penalty area, before Shaqiri added the other in the 90th minute after running clear of the Serbian defence.

"I don't have any comments", Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said. The Stoke City midfielder wore boots with the flags of Switzerland and Kosovo.

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.

A dream start ensued for Serbia when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home a cross from Dusan Tadic in the fifth minute. The hard-working striker (and goal-scorer) Aleksandar Mitrovic disrupted Switzerland's build-up play, and Nemanja Matic orchestrated the game while protecting the battle-hardened back four.

"I think that Mr. Petkovic is from Sarajevo". "So we have two coaches from Bosnia-Herzegovina representing different teams at the World Cup".

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