Carlsberg Player of the Week: Scintillating Shaqiri punishes Serbia

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The Stoke City winger was in his element, popping up with a crucial winner for the Swiss...

At the end of two rounds, Switzerland are the unlikely leaders of Group E in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. With four points from two games, the Swiss are ahead of the likes of Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia and look set to land themselves a spot in the Round of 16. 

They did so after a crucial 2-1 win over Serbia and the star of the night was Xherdan Shaqiri. The 26-year-old came up with an important last-minute winner that secured all three points for the Swiss. 

Serbia had dominated the game at the start as Aleksandr Mitrovic gave them lead early on. But Vladimir Petković's boys regrouped after half-time and turned the game around and in the process became the first team to win a game at the World Cup 2018 after going down. 


Though Granit Xhaka scored the equaliser with a thunderous effort, Shaqiri would raise the roof in the stadium with an immaculately finished counter-attack in injury time. 

The Stoke City winger would go on to remove his shirt and flex his muscles, just as he did so on the pitch to quell the Serbians. 

He had a passing accuracy of 89 per cent and put in three crosses for his teammates and won five fouls. 

That Switzerland were able to claw their way back into the tie was largely down to Shaqiri who was heavily involved in their build-up play. 

He is rightfully named the Carlsberg Player of the Week!

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