Serbia’s Nikola Milenkovic clicked on Granit Xhaka after a tough duel. Xhaka responded with fury.
Then players from both camps came running to join in the tumult.
– Here it was barely there. Really, really. Fighting and attempts at scalping, comments TV 2’s football expert Erik Thorstvedt.
The riots meant that three minutes had to be added on top of the original seven. It was partly due to the fact that Xhaka and Serbia’s striker Aleksandr Mitrovic did not let the discussion go.
– It is about to bubble over, commented TV 2’s expert Yaw Amankwah.
The referee settled for a yellow card for Xhaka and Milenkovic, who were in the first duel.
The match between Uruguay and Ghana was also close. Many were surprised at what Darwin Núñez did here:
Xhaka also provoked the last time the countries met in the World Cup. The Arsenal star celebrated by making the ‘Albanian eagle’, as did Xherdan Shaqiri. Switzerland was subsequently sued for the political message by Serbia.
Shaqiri kept his cool when he scored the 1-0 goal in a match with many twists and turns.
The star player huffed and pointed to the name on his back. After a Serbian turnaround, followed by a Swiss turnaround, Switzerland go into the round of 16 as group runners-up behind Brazil.
Serbia hit back hard after Switzerland’s leading goal. The star strikers took responsibility. First by Aleksandr Mitrovic, then Dusan Vlahovic. Then Switzerland’s hopes of advancement lived dangerously.
– Cream goal!
Like their rival, however, the players from the Alpine country had a turnaround in them. Breel Embolo ensured they went into the break with a draw.
Just after the change of sides, Remo Freuler made it 3-2 – after a finish and a preparatory work that caused TV 2’s commentators to draw out the superlatives.
– What a cream goal, exclaimed Endre Olav Osnes.