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


Serbia's Luka Milivojevic may be available despite picking up a minor knock in the win over Costa Rica.

Sharp, fast, tireless and elusive, *Xherdan Shaqiri *proved more than a handful for the Serbia defence.

After a pulsating affair at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Serbia are on the brink of elimination after Switzerland triumphed 2-1 in Group E.

"We are aware of what is in store for us", Matic said.

Both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals for Switzerland against Serbia on Friday by making a nationalist symbol of Albania in a gesture likely to inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians. You should always show respect, " Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said. "We need him in the next couple of matches", Petkovic said.

"I hope that people will take notice of us and take us seriously".

It is not a mistake current coach Mladen Krstajic intends to repeat and the Lazio man - who has reportedly attracted the interest of Real Madrid - was lively against Costa Rica.

Former coach Slavoljub Muslin, who led the team to qualification for Russian Federation, reportedly paid with his job for failing to select Milinkovic-Savic.

9 - the number of World Cup matches Nati captain Stefan Lichtsteiner has now played for Switzerland, breaking the national record held by Charles Antenen since Chile 1962.

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

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

Switzerland's first goal was scored in the 52nd minute by Granit Xhaka, whose parents are Albanians from Serbia.

Such displays have angered some Serbian fans, who often wear T-shirts bearing the map of Kosovo with the Serbian flag on it.

Several players on the Swiss team have roots in Albanian Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared its independence in 2008.

Shaqiri, meanwhile, was also born in Kosovo and had their flag printed on his right boot for the game against Switzerland.

Neither coach would be drawn on the issue Thursday, with Krstajic saying he is "not interested in politics".