The Swiss football team qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup after beating Serbia 3:2 in the decisive match of Group G in a phenomenal match and sending them home. It was perhaps the best match in the championship so far, and Switzerland first took the lead in the 20th minute when Shaqiri set himself up for a left-footed shot and scored 1:0.
The game was only 20 minutes old and the tension was palpable. “You can hear by listening to my voice, it’s hoarse, that it was a game with a lot of emotions,” Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka said. “It is part of football.
The game was fair enough. We wanted to focus on football. We did this and we took this first step and are now into the round of 16. We are proud”. However, Serbia quickly retaliated and with two quick goals came to a turning point.
First, in the 26th minute, MitroviÄ equalized with a great header, and just nine minutes later, VlahoviÄ intercepted a ball and gave the Serbians a 2:1 advantage with a very precise shot. When it seemed that Serbia would go to the break with a minimal lead, Embolo took advantage of great penetration and cross from Widmer in the 44th minute and leveled the score at 2:2 from close range.
Pressure from Serbia was expected in the continuation, which in this match was only going to win, but instead, they immediately experienced a shock at the start of the second half. Serbia's defense did not react well again, and Freuler sneaked up from the second plan and scored in the 48th minute to give Switzerland a 3:2 lead.
After that, the Serbians completely fell mentally, and apparently, they weren't physically ready enough for anything more, so Switzerland kept the lead without any major problems and reached the victory that confirmed second place in the group.
In the second game of this group, Cameroon sensationally beat Brazil 1:0 with Vincent Aboubakar's goal in the 93rd minute, but it was not enough for them to pass. Result and scorers:
Cameroon - Brazil 1:0 (Aboubakar 90+3')
Serbia - Switzerland 2:3 (MitroviÄ 26', VlahoviÄ 35' / Shaqiri 20', Embolo 44', Freuler 48')