#WC2018: Serbia lead Switzerland 1-0 at halftime

Friday, June 22, 2018

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KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Mitrociv's 13th goal in his last 15 internationals has given Serbia a 1-0 lead at half time of its World Cup match against Switzerland.

Fulham striker Mitrovic rose above Fabian Schaer to head in a cross from the right by Dusan Tadic in just the fifth minute.

The goal came just seconds after Yann Sommer made a good save to block another Mitrovic header as Serbia poured forward in the opening minutes.

The match is being played amid tensions back in Serbia between some Serbs and ethnic Albanians from Kosovo because a number of Swiss players, including winger Xherdan Shaqiri and midfielder Valon Behrami, come from Kosovo, whose declaration of independence Serbia does not recognise.

Earlier today, late goals by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar brought Brazil back into contention in the group after its opening draw with Switzerland. If Serbia holds onto its lead it will progress to the round of 16.

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