Serbia defeats Switzerland 3-2 to advance Switzerland into the Round of 16
Swiss qualified for the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup after a thrilling 3-2 Group G victory over Serbia in Doha.
In the first 45 minutes, both teams gave their best effort of the match, as goals from Xherdan Shaqiri, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, and Breel Embolo levelled the game at 2-2 at halftime.
After the restart, though, the pace slowed as Remo Freuler’s deft finish gave the Swiss the advantage in the final minutes, with Murat Yakin’s team working hard to cross the finish line.
Portugal will now play Switzerland in the round of 16, while South Korea will take on group winners Brazil.
Serbia vs. Switzerland final score
Shaqiri — SWI — 20th Min
Mitrovic — SER — 25th Min
Vlahovic — SER — 36th Min
Embolo — SWI — 44th Min
Freuler — SWI — 49th Min
World Cup Group G final standings
Serbia confirmed lineup (3-4-2-1, right to left): 23. V. Milinkovic-Savic (GK) — 4. Milenkovic, 5. Veljkovic, 2. Pavlovic — 14. Zivkovic, 20. Milinkovic-Savic, 16. Lukic, 17. Kostic — 10. Tadic — 9. Mitrovic, 18. Vlahovic
Switzerland confirmed lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 21. Kobel (GK) — 3. Widmer, 5. Akanji, 22. Schar, 13. Rodriguez — 8. Freuler, 10. Xhaka — 23. Shaqiri, 15. Sow, 17. Vargas — 7. Embolo.
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Due to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Serbia, Switzerland has sealed the final slot in the Round of 16 in Doha.
At Stadium 974, four goals in the first half got the party started. Remo Freuler’s goal in the second half sends Switzerland into the knockout round, where they will play Portugal.
Serbia still has a chance in the 90+8th minute, but Radonjic shoots wide at the back post.
90+5: Xhaka and the Serbian defence clash in the far corner, resulting in cautions for Milenkovic and the Arsenal midfielder.
HUGE NEWS FROM LUSAIL AS CAMEROON TAKES THE LEAD AT 90+3 minutes!
In Group G, Brazil continues to lead on goal differential!
90th minute: SEVEN MINUTES ADDED ON..will there be a cliffhanger?
In the 86th minute, Switzerland is pleased to finish the game as the great Vargas is replaced by Christian Fassnacht.
As Sasa Lukic is fortunate to avoid getting booked in the 81st minute, Serbia is starting to lose its composure.
Through Gudelj’s weak challenge, which results in a card for him, Switzerland break and get a free kick. Mitrovic joins him in the book for dissent.
In the closing 15 minutes, Serbia has all of the possession. Will they score? 75th minute
For Tadic and Zivkovic, on come Filip Djuricic and Nemanja Radonic.
The last throw of the dice for Serbia.
In the 70th minute, Switzerland makes two substitutions in an effort to lessen the impact of Serbia. As Shaqiri and Sow start to play, Denis Zakaria and Edimilson Fernandes enter the game.
Fabian Schar’s challenge knocks Mitrovic to the ground in the 66th minute, but the referee wavers away his pleas for a penalty.
Predrag Rajkovic receives a booking, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is replaced by Nemanja Maksimovic, which has the Serbian bench in a rage.
Serbia is still trying to move forward and generate opportunities as Tadic blasts over the bar and Kobel catches Filip Kostic’s cross-shot in the 63rd minute.
Embolo has a HUGE chance to seal the victory in the 58th minute, but the offside flag prevents him from blushing.
55 minutes: Serbia makes a double substitution, replacing Vlahovic and Strahinja Pavlovic with Luka Jovic and Nemanja Gudelj.
If Serbia advances, Strahinja Pavlovic will be disqualified from the Round of 16 due to a booking.
SWITZERLAND IS BACK IN FRONT AFTER 49 MINUTES!
With another goal, the second half picks off where the first one left off.
Embolo does an excellent job of holding on to a long ball forward, allowing Shaqiri to slip in. He then feeds Vargas, whose deft flick is blocked by Remo Freuler.
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After 48 minutes, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic receives a caution for a careless midfield tackle.
46 minutes: We have returned!
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A HORRIFIC FIRST 45 MINUTES IN DOHA AT HALF TIME!
Stadium 974 witnessed breathless play from both teams as four goals made the score 2-2 at the half and Switzerland came from behind to tie the score just before the final whistle.
The BIG announcement at halftime is that, as things stand, Switzerland will advance to the Round of 16!
Switzerland is level at 44 minutes! FOUR GOALS IN THE FIRST HALF!
Widmer rushes by the Serbian defence and squares for Embolo for a simple tap-in!
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40 mins: Serbia is content to sit off until the break after pushing themselves into the lead while Switzerland has had plenty of possession of the ball since falling behind.
36 minutes later: SERBIA HAS TAKEN IT AROUND!
AS IT STANDS, SERBIA IS GOING THROUGH!!
Vlahovic seizes the opportunity to gently direct the loose ball past Kobel and into the far corner as Switzerland are too sluggish to clear their lines.
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Vargas receives a warning for a late tackle at 33 minutes.
After catching Ricardo Rodriguez’s lofted pass behind him, Shaqiri attempts to score in the 28th minute, but his shot misses the post.
25 minutes: SERBIA ARE LEVEL!
Serbia responded right away!
Tadic sprints down the left side and crosses the ball into the area as Mitrovic manoeuvres around Manuel Akjani to head in a crucial equaliser.
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20 minutes later: GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL…SHAQIRI FOR SWITZERLAND!
THE BREAKTHROUGH MARKS SHAQIRI’S RETURN!
Serbia attempted to change the momentum here in Doha, but Switzerland caught them on the break to easily take a 1-0 lead!!!
When Shaqiri is discovered in the middle of the box, Djibril Sow calmly feeds him to slip past Milinkovic-Savic.
THEN IT HAD TO BE HIM!
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15 minutes: It’s end-to-end here in Doha after Serbia’s box denied Ruben Vargas’ cutback.
Then Serbia try to break, and Silvan Widmer is warned for dragging Filip Kostic behind him.
SERBIA HIT THE POST IN 10 minutes!
Serbia was so……close to scoring first!
Aleksandar Mitrovic is unable to score on the rebound after Dusan Tadic drops his shoulder and feeds Andrija Zivkovic on the edge of the box. His incredible effort cannons back off the post.
7 minutes in: After a shaky start, Serbia has improved. Nikola Milenkovic rises to the highest point at a corner, but his header bounces wide.
ALMOST A GOAL IN THE FIRST 60 SECONDS! 2 minutes.
In the Serbian box, Breel Embolo has time and room to attack, but Vanja Milinkovic-Savic is incredibly quick to stop him!
Then, Granit Xhaka tries his luck from a distance, but Milinkovic-Savic is right there with him the entire time!
KICK OFF: DOHA IS WHERE WE ARE NOW!
Can Mitrovic and Vlahovic lead Serbia into the knockout rounds with 15 minutes left until kickoff?
30 minutes before kickoff: Stadium 974 is ready!
30 minutes before kickoff: TEAM NEWS IS IN!
Serbia only makes one change, moving Nemanja Maksimovic to the bench and replacing him with Dusan Vlahovic to strengthen the offence.
Gregor Kobel will start in goal instead of Yann Sommer in this match for Switzerland after three substitutions, and Fabian Schar and Xherdan Shaqiri will start in place of Fabian Rieder and Nico Elvedi.
30 minutes remain till kickoff, and Portugal and South Korea have already secured their spots in the Round of 16, but Serbia or Switzerland will serve as team No. 16?
2 hours and 15 minutes to kickoff: Who will advance from Group G and join Brazil in the Round of 16?
3 hours before kickoff: Stadium 974’s stage is ready!
15 minutes left until kickoff: Nemanja Matic, a former Serbian great, provided a pregame message.
4 hours and 30 minutes till the game’s start: Mitrovic has been a GOAL MACHINE for Serbia!
45 minutes until kickoff: For Serbia, the situation is less clear: they must win this game and hope that Cameroon does not shock everyone by defeating Brazil. Today, players like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio are under a lot of pressure.
5 hours before kickoff: After losing to Brazil, Switzerland has been trying hard to recover. Their current situation is rather simple: if they win this game, they will undoubtedly advance to the Round of 16.
Lineups for Serbia vs. Switzerland are known
Although the addition of Dusan Vlahovic is expected to increase Serbia’s offensive firepower, Dragan Stojkovic decided against making significant changes for this encounter.
lineup for Serbia (3-4-2-1, from right to left) confirmed: 14. Zivkovic, 20. Milinkovic-Savic, 16. Lukic, 17. Kostic — 10. Tadic — 9. Mitrovic, 18. Vlahovic — 4. Milenkovic, 5. Veljkovic, 2. Pavlovic — 23. V. Milinkovic-Savic (GK)
Yann Sommer is given a break from goalkeeping duties, and Xherdan Shaqiri rejoins the Swiss midfield as Gregor Kobel takes the pitch.
lineup for Switzerland (4-2-3-1, from right to left) confirmed: Kobel (GK): 21, Widmer, 5, Akanji, 22, Schar, 8, Freuler, 10, Xhaka, 23, Shaqiri, 15, Sow, 17, Vargas, 7, Embolo.
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