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 By Reuters

Switzerland's 'fighting mentality' led to second-half rally against Serbia - Petkovic

Brazil and Switzerland left it till the end to earn their wins, while Nigeria beat Iceland and kept the door open for Argentina to sneak into the round of 16.

KALININGRAD, Russia -- Switzerland's never-say-die attitude and will to win was the key to turning around a match in which they had been pummelled by Serbia for much of the first half, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said on Friday.

Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in the World Cup Group E showdown in Kaliningrad thanks to two second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri after they trailed at half-time in one of the most thrilling matches so far in Russia.

It was fought at a blistering...

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri draw attention with Albanian flag celebrations

Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.
Don Hutchinson and Leroy Rosenior credit Switzerland for being brave and not settling for a draw to steal all three points from Serbia.
Brazil and Switzerland left it till the end to earn their wins, while Nigeria beat Iceland and kept the door open for Argentina to sneak into the round of 16.

Both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals for Switzerland against Serbia on Friday by making a nationalist symbol of Albania in a gesture likely to inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians.

Switzerland rallied to beat Serbia 2-1 at the World Cup, but Albania's national flag was at the centre of attention.

Xhaka and Shaqiri, both of ethnic Albanian heritage, put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make...

Switzerland's late winner over Serbia throws World Cup's Group E wide open

Switzerland moved ahead of Serbia in Group E thanks to a dramatic second-half comeback with goals by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Despite Serbia controlling play early, the organization of Switzerland led to two second-half goals to give them a deserving win.

Three quick thoughts on in Switzerland's 2-1 come-from-behind win over Serbia in World Cup Group E play at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

1. Shaqiri's late winner vs. Serbia throws Group E wide open

Switzerland became the first team to earn a come-from-behind win in this World Cup -- in the tournament's 26th game -- and the impact of Xherdan Shaqiri's late strike has thrown Group E wide open.

Costa Rica, who lost to Brazil earlier on Friday, have been eliminated after back-to-back defeats, but...