Both Xhaka and Shaqiri performed matching celebrations following their goals, interlocking their fingers in a gesture celebrating Albania. Shaqiri was born in Kosovo to Kosovar Albanian parents. "That's not enough; we have to play better against Serbia", Petkovic said through an interpreter. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense.
"In football you have always emotions and you can see what I did and it's just emotion", he said in reference to his controversial celebration.
Kosovo, a former Serbian province, declared its independence in 2008. "You can see what I did and I think it's just emotion".
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"It's clear that emotions were displayed up and I think we all need to steer away from politics and focus on this sport as a lovely game that brings people together", Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic told reporters.
Xhaka was nearly upstaged by Shaqiri who clipped the crossbar with a curling, dipping shot from the unlikeliest of angles and the match turned into a pulsating end-to-end affair which was brilliantly settled by Shaqiri.
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Xhaka, whose 52rd-minute piledriver set up the Swiss comeback, also made the "double eagle" gesture after his goal. "It's a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that's what football should be about".
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He joined Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal. The former UCLA standout averages a career double-double and is a 37 percent 3-point shooter for his career.
Sharp, fast, tireless and elusive, *Xherdan Shaqiri *proved more than a handful for the Serbia defence.
"I don't have any comments", Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said.
Shaqiri's runs down the wings were a constant threat to Serbia's defense, while the Swiss midfield recovered after a shaky start to dominate in the same way it did against Brazil in their first match.
The result left Brazil, 2-0 winners over Costa Rica, top with four points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference with Serbia on three.
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A draw for Serbia would have put them in the ascendancy going into that crucial crunch clash with the South Americans, but the Europeans will now be resting their hopes of qualification on, not only a Costa Rican masterclass, but also a masterclass of their own against the most decorated nation in the competition's history. Albania and Serbia have a particularly tumultuous relationship, with their leaders meeting for the first time in over 60 years in 2014, which caused tempers to flare.