2014 World Cup: Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri lead


2014 World Cup: Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri lead Switzerland through the Group Stage

Action for the Swiss national team at the 2014 World Cup (c) FIFA

2014 World Cup: Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri lead, Switzerland always surprises every time they are involved in the World Cup championship. At the 2014 World Cup , Switzerland again ensured themselves to advance one step further into the round of 16.

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At that time Switzerland joined in Group E with France, Ecuador and Honduras. Switzerland managed to qualify for the round of 16 by securing a position as runner-up in Group E.

Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who are key players for Switzerland, performed well during the Group Phase. Switzerland managed to collect six points from two wins and one defeat.

They are only one point adrift of France, who won Group E. Switzerland are also only two points ahead of Ecuador who are in third place. 2014 World Cup: Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri lead

Ecuador, Switzerland’s toughest competitor

On paper, Switzerland is slightly superior to Ecuador to fight for a place as runner-up in Group E. Meanwhile, France is predicted to get a ticket as the winner of the Group with its golden squad. 2014 World Cup: Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri lead

Switzerland’s inaugural match at the 2014 World Cup directly met its toughest competitor, Ecuador. Playing at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, this match was tight from the first minute.

Switzerland even had to be left behind by Enner Valencia’s goal in minute 22. Only Switzerland could equalize in the second half through Admir Mehmedi’s goal.

It took until injury time for Switzerland to beat Ecuador. Switzerland’s winning goal was scored by Haris Seferovic in the 90+3 minute. Switzerland managed to win dramatically in the inaugural match.

But Switzerland could have been eliminated if Ecuador could win the final match against France. The match ended in a draw. Switzerland, who won big over Honduras, ensured a ticket to the round of 16.

Shaqiri hat-trick
Xherdan Shaqiri became the hero of Switzerland in the last match against Honduras. Playing on the left wing position, Shaqiri managed to score a hat trick in that match.

At that time Switzerland ran a life-and-death match against Honduras. Equally collected three points, Ecuador scored more aggressively than Switzerland at that time.

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Superior on paper, Switzerland immediately opened the tap on his goal in the sixth minute through Shaqiri’s beautiful kick. In the 31st minute, Shaqiri who ran without an escort was able to score an additional goal for Switzerland.

Shaqiri finally scored a hat trick in the 71st minute after Josip Drmic’s pass was successfully completed into a goal. Switzerland’s 3-0 victory over Honduras ensures a ticket to the last 16 is in hand.

Dramatic Fall by Argentina
Qualifying as the runner-up in Group E makes Switzerland will meet Argentina, who is the winner of Group F. The match against Argentina is of course not an easy thing.

Argentina has always been the winning team with a star-studded squad. But Switzerland is not without resistance either.

Playing at Neo Quimica Arena, Switzerland and Argentina were not able to score a single goal. But luck is more in favor of Argentina this time.

Exactly in the 118th minute of extra time, Angel Di Maria scored a goal against Switzerland through a measured shot with his left foot. Di Maria’s single goal ensured Switzerland fell dramatically in the round of 16.

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