"It's clear that emotions were displayed up and I think we all need to steer away from politics and focus on this sport as a handsome game that brings people together", Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic told reporters.
Both displayed a bird hand signal as they celebrated scoring goals, and considering their pre-match comments, post-match social media posts, and ethnic backgrounds, those were clearly meant to represent the double-eagle symbol in the middle of the Albanian flag.
The victory sees Switzerland leapfrog Serbia into second spot, while the latter drops to third ahead of their clash with Brazil next week. It's clear that emotions show up and that's how things happen. "It's not more. I think we don't have to speak about this now".
The Swiss looked in danger of being over-run when Serbia went ahead with an Aleksandar Mitrovic header after five minutes to the delight of their fervent supporters at the Kaliningrad stadium. "In football you always have emotions".
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"I'm very happy to score the goal, that's all". Xhaka's father was even imprisoned for more than three years for demonstrating against the Communist regime in the late 1980s.
Serbia raced out of the blocks, funnelling possession to Southampton winger Dusan Tadic on the right flank, who troubled Switzerland with his crossing all match.
Such displays have angered some Serbian fans, who often wear T-shirts bearing the map of Kosovo with the Serbian flag on it.
Switzerland grew in stature after the break and were rewarded with a spectacular equaliser courtesy of Xhaka's 52nd-minute piledriver.
Shaqiri nearly sent Switzerland ahead just before the hour when he curled a spectacular effort towards the top corner, but the ball hit the outside of the post before dropping behind.
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The two teams were still locked at 1-1 entering the final 10 minutes of action, but it was Switzerland pushing for the second, with Shaqiri flashing another attempt over the crossbar before Mario Gavranovic was denied by Stojkovic.
Shaqiri scored a last-gasp victor against Serbia. It was an excellent way we scored and after the first half no one would believe we were able to turn around.
"What is important is that we've developed this winning mentality". "Of course we want to win". I think we all together need to steer away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a lovely game and something that brings people together.
"It's not just my opinion, the entire federation and the team and the entire world should actually share that opinion because it's something we do not need here".
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