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Switzerland sinks Serbia 3-2 to book the last 16 places

Switzerland advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup for the third tournament in a row after beating Serbia 3-2 on Friday.

Remo Freuler scored the winning goal just after the break as the Swiss secured second place in Group G. They will face Portugal at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.

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Xherdan Shaqiri put Switzerland ahead early in the first half before Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic responded for Serbia. Breel Embolo equalized the score just before the break.

Switzerland needed a win to guarantee themselves a place in the knockout round after beating Cameroon and losing to Brazil in the first two games. The team reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and again four years later in Russia. They lost 1–0 in both games, to Argentina and Sweden respectively.

Against Portugal, the Swiss will try to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since hosting the competition in 1954.

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