Football fans noticed Granit Xhaka's controversial celebration for Switzerland v Serbia

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Serbia and Switzerland served up one of the games of the group stage.

The two European sides are pretty much fighting to qualify along with Brazil from Group E, wth the Selecao picking up a priceless 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

The Central American side have been eliminated and Serbia appeared to be favourites to progress with Brazil after an early goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Serbia then looked like they were going to extend their lead before the break, but they were pegged back by one of the goals of the tournament from Granit Xhaka in the second-half.

The much-criticised Arsenal midfielder has has been slated in the Swiss media, but he reminded the world just how lethal his left foot can be.

You can see his wonder strike below.


The ball was spinning, but Xhaka had the technique to hit it perfectly.

Xherdan Shaqiri was on hand to score a dramatic late winner for the Swiss as well, making them firm favourites reach the last-16.

But it was his Xhaka's celebration after his goal that really caught the attention of football fans.

After his special strike, the Arsenal midfielder followed up with what appeared to be an Albanian double eagle.

Serbia v Switzerland: Group E - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Now to say that celebration is controversial would be polite. Shaqiri replicated it after his goal as well, but not as intensely as Xhaka.


The two European sides are unlikely enemies, due to the fact that a third of Switzerland's lineup are Albanian-speaking, with three of them born in Kosovo.

Xhaka, Valon Berhami and Shaqiri are the three, with Blerim Dzemaili born in Macedonia, who also speak Albanian.

Now, Serbia and Albania's relations aren't exactly great, due to the 1998 war between Serbia and Kosovo/Albanian forces.

Serbia v Switzerland: Group E - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Xhaka's family actually had to flee that conflict to take refuge in Switzerland, so you can understand why he wanted to make a statement.

Some serious Balkan politics on show in Russia.

Switzerland Football
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Serbia Football
Xherdan Shaqiri
Granit Xhaka
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