Granit Xhaka from Switzerland celebrates his goal to tie the match with Serbia. (REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes)
Serbia vs. Switzerland
Group E, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Yellow card for Mitrovic of Serbia
In minute 87.
Substitute Serbia: Radonjic for Milivojevic  In minute 81.
Switzerland substitute: Embolo by Džemaili
In minute 73.
Serbia substitute: Ljaijic by Kostic
In minute 65.
We are tied The Red Crusaders defeated Serbia downfield on one out and Xherdan Shaqiri shot from outside the 18-yard area. That bounced against the Serbian Aleksandar Kolarov and flew all the way to the left side of the box. Granit Xhaka was there waiting, and sent a laser to goal from 23 yards that beat Stojković cleanly.
Switzerland substitute: Gavronovic for Seferovic
Half time: Serbia 1, Switzerland 0
If Serbia can collect another half like that, it will secure a place in the World Cup qualifying stage for the first time as an independent nation. The first 45 minutes dominated the Eagles, 1-0, in a header by Aleksandar Mitrović five minutes into the game, and a robust game from the back line and goalkeeper kept Switzerland off the board. The Red Crosses had a wonderful opportunity to equalize in the 31st minute, but Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković made a save to protect the lead.
Switzerland needs a win to keep pace with the Serbs and Brazilians in Group E. They won a draw with Brazil in their first World Cup match, but Brazil beat Costa Rica on Friday to get the most high of the group clbadification. Serbia can achieve its best record with a victory after beating Costa Rica last week.
Yellow card against Serbian Matic
In the first half time of suspension.
Yellow card to Milivojevic of Serbia
In the minute 39.
Yellow card to Serbian Segej
In the minute 32.
Serbian Stojković protects the lead
Switzerland in the 31st minute He put together a perfect combination where Steven Zuber sneaked through a ball to open detect about 10 meters from Blerim Džemaili. He made a shot on the right foot, but Vladimir Stojković was there with a diving response to protect Serbia's 1-0 lead.
The Eagles have had an abrupt start and look good on their way to sealing a place in the elimination stage. In the 5th minute, Dušan Tadić sent a cross from the right side to the six-yard area where Aleksandar Mitrović waited, and hit a header in an open net.
Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia scores his team's first goal beyond Yann Sommer of Switzerland. (Clive Rose / Getty Images)
The colors in this game are really confusing
For the record: Serbia is in red Switzerland is blank.
Initial line-ups are announced
Since the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Serbia has incubated its fair share of football talent, but that has not translated into success in the field. After defeating Costa Rica, Serbia is in the driver's seat in Group E, which also includes Brazil. A victory on Friday would solidify Serbia's place in the knockout round. Switzerland recently jumped to the top 10 in the FIFA world rankings. A defeat here would be a problem for their hopes of advancing after a 1-1 draw with Brazil in their first tournament game.
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When: Friday, June 22, 2 p.m. Eastern.
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Serbia (1-0-0), 3 points )
- Sample of the last World Cup: Group Stage, 2010.
- Best result: Semifinals (such as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia), 1930.
- Remarkable: It has not been in the round of 16 since 1998 , when it was still known as Yugoslavia.
- FIFA World Ranking: 34. ELO World Ranking: 20.
Switzerland (0-1-0, 1 mark)
- World Cup Show: Round 16, 2014
- Best result: Semifinals, 1954, 1938, 1934.
- Remarkable: The Swiss won nine of his 10 qualifying matches and is in his fourth consecutive World Cup.
- FIFA World Ranking: 6. ELO World Ranking: 10.
Players to Watch
Serbia Midfielder Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) can score from a distance and is an expert in controlling the rhythm of the game with the ball on his foot. Swiss defender Ricardo Rodríguez (AC Milan) is a veteran of the squad even at 25 years old. Switzerland will go as far as Rodriguez will take them.
Serbia: vs. Brazil in St. Petersburg, June 27, at 2 p.m.
Switzerland: vs. Costa Rica in Nizhny Novgorod, June 27, 2 pm
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