Switzerland’s Controversial Goal Celebrations Explained

Switzerland snatched a 2-1 win against Serbia in the World Cup yesterday – but it’s the celebrations that have caused the biggest stir.

No penalty was given when striker Aleksandar Mitrović was clearly manhandled in the box by two Swiss defenders halfway through the second half – but this news has fallen secondary to the celebrations by two Swiss players.

No, this wasn’t the biggest controversy of the evening – that came when scorers Granit Xhaka – who equalised with a stunning strike – and Xherdan Shaqiri – who wrapped up the win late on – wheeled away in celebration with the same hand gesture, following Mitrovic’s opener.

The celebrations between the pair look like some harmless fun – a gesture which, perhaps, was some sort of inside joke.

Actually the celebration – known as the Albanian Eagle – has political connotations to it.

Football.London has now explained.

Some players in the Swiss squad have a dual nationality and tensions are still surface today between the two nations

Xhaka and Shaqiri have Kosovar-Albanian heritage and the Stoke City attacker once said: “I was born in Kosovo, but I grew up in Switzerland. I live both mentalities, it’s not a big difference.”

Xhaka is another with ties to another country.

Reason Why Neymar Cried After Brazil’s Win Over Costa Rica

Neymar helped Brazil nab an extremely important group stage victory over Costa Rica.

And after the game, the global superstar was seen in floods of tears, leaving people perplexed. But now we know why.

Brazil ran out 2-0 winners over their South American rivals thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Paris Saint-Germain attacker.

It’s a better start than their initial World Cup game: a 1-1 draw with Switzerland isn’t’ ideal for the five-time winners of the competition.

So the win over Costa Rica is a welcome return to form, even if it took a while for them to get there, Neymar becoming visibly frustrated with his side’s inability to get a goal for a majority of the game.

And it clearly meant lots to Neymar, who cried on the pitch after the match.

Now the star has taken to social media to explain just why he ended up in floods of tears.

He wrote: “Not everyone knows what I’ve come through to get here.

“The cry is joy, overcoming. In my life things have never been easy, would not be now right! The dream continues, not dream, OBJECTIVE! Congratulations on the match.”

South Korea vs Mexico live football updates

Mexico can take a giant step towards winning Group E if they defeat South Korea on Saturday afternoon.

The Mexicans pulled off the shock result of the first round of games with an impressive 1-0 win over holders Germany.

South Korea meanwhile could not recover from Andreas Granqvist penalty in their game against Sweden.

They have played each other 14 times before, with Mexico winning the last two and their only meeting during a World Cup back in 1998.

So when does the game get underway and where can you watch the action unfold?

Here is all you need to know ahead of the game…

When is the game?

The game takes place on Saturday, June 23.

Kick-off in Rostov-on-Don is at 4pm BST.
What channel is it on?

The game is being shown live on ITV 1 for viewers in the UK
Is there a live stream?

If you are in the UK, you can stream the game on the ITV website.

 

South Korea squad

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu)

Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Young-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United), Kim Min-woo (Suwon Bluewings), Ja-cheol Koo (Augsburg), Seung-Woo Lee (Hellas Verona)

Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Hee-chan (Red Bull Salzburg)

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal new deals

It may be the close season but things are still hotting up in the transfer market for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Jurgen Klopp’s hunt for a keeper goes on, and now the Anfield club are a step closer to signing Thomas Strakosha from Lazio.

The Albania star enjoyed an impressive season in Serie A and the Reds are now determined to upgrade on Loris Karius

Arsenal on the other hand are considering a move for Ever Banega with Unai Emery eager to be reunited with the Sevilla star.

The Gunners are looking to strengthen in midfield with the impending arrival of Lucas Torreira.

Manchester United appear to have competition from Inter Milan for West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic.

But it’s not just the big clubs. From Aston Villa to Yeovil, follow all the latest transfer news and reaction below.

Latest news from FIFA World cup 2018

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France continue their Group C campaign today against South American hopefuls Peru in Ekaterinburg.

Les Bleus relied on a late own goal as they scraped to an unconvincing 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday and will struggle to beat Peru if they replicate their opening performance.

Peru, playing at a World Cup for the first time since 1982, suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening match and need to pick up a result to extend their stay in Russia.

FRANCE vs PERU

France XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe-Lottin, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.

Peru XI: Gallese, Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco, Aquino, Yotun, Carrillo, Cueva, Flores, Guerrero.

MY WORD…

15:50: Goodness me, look at the number of Peru supporters! They are everywhere! You’d have to have a heart of stone not to want them to get something from this game.

And can I tell you a secret? I think they will get a result today. I’ll predict a 1-1 draw.

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Jonny: Ahead of Peru’s match against France, a reminder that Duncan Ferguson once tried to buy Nolberto Solano a live llama as a Secret Santa gift.

Mark: Peru v France might not drag you to your TV sets, but just watch it to see the number of Peruvians in Ekaterinburg. Staggering backing. Almost everyone in white-red shirts.

Ben: If Peru beat France, Group C will be pretty spicy! I don’t expect them to, but you never know with how things are going!