Granit Xhaka Scores Screamer For Switzerland & Follows Up With Controversial Celebration

By The Editor
on 22nd June 2018

Granit Xhaka drove Switzerland to victory against Serbia…


 

Arsenal star Granit Xhaka sent pulses racing in more ways the one in Switzerland’s second group game at the World Cup as they defeated Serbia to take a large step towards the last-16.

Switzerland were a goal down heading into the second half in a game they couldn’t afford to lose, and Xhaka levelled the game with one of the best goals we’ve seen in Russia.

A cross deflected into Xhaka’s path and despite the ridiculous spin on the ball, the former Borussia Monchengladbach man smashed the ball first time into the far corner.

Xhaka is the source of much criticism at Arsenal, but he was one of the most consistent performers for us last season in a campaign full of turmoil.

The 25-year-old madeĀ 38-appearances in the Premier League last season, starting in all but one of them – highlighting his importance to the side.

As far as the World Cup is concerned, Xhaka is in hot bother for his celebration after his sensational strike as he made the ‘Eagle’ sign with his hands, paying homage to his country of origin – Kosovo.

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Kosovo was under occupation by former Yugoslavia for a long time before being granted independence in 2007, and Xhaka was personally affected by the conflict.

His father was jailed by the regime for 15 years, missing much of Xhaka’s childhood and the playmaker felt that goal was some payback.

Xherdan Shaqiri, who is also originally from Kosov, repeated the celebration after grabbing the winner for Switzerland momentsĀ before full-time.

It will be interesting to see how FIFA reacts given their disdain for political messages during football matches.



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