Switzerland earned a 1-1 draw with Germany in their second Nations League game on Sunday.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side fell behind through Ilkay Gundogan’s perfectly-placed strike in the 14th minute but managed to secure a point when Silvan Widmer finished off a neat move in the second half.
Unfortunate enough to be in a group with both Germany and Spain, Switzerland’s task in this campaign is more about avoiding relegation to League B than earning a spot in the League A playoffs.
But if Granit Xhaka can continue to shine like he did against the 2014 World Cup winners, they may be able to produce a few more surprising results the rest of the way.
Xhaka was excellent
The Swiss captain was excellent, more than holding his own in a midfield battle with Gundogan and Toni Kroos.
Just take a look at his stats from the encounter.
Xhaka was also involved in Switzerland’s equaliser. The Arsenal midfielder played the pass to Breel Embolo from which the striker was able to tee up Widmer to score.
Xhaka's superb pass
Yet Xhaka’s best moment was his outrageous pass with the outside of his boot that nearly led to Switzerland scoring again.
Germany managed to ease the pressure by clearing the ball but Xhaka put it right back on with an incredible sliced pass out wide.
Football fans couldn’t believe what they had witnessed from the 27-year-old.
His individual highlights have emerged
Xhaka’s individual highlights from the match have since emerged and they show that he was the standout performer.
Consistently progressing play and providing a threat with his long-range efforts, it was a class display from the Arsenal player.
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