Fans at the Emirates yell “SHOOOOOTTTTT” at Granit Xhaka so often that it has become a running joke here at TSF. But he can really hit them. And in the 52nd minute against Serbia with Switzerland down 1-0, boy did he ever.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s blocked shot ricocheted across the top of the box toward Xhaka and...well I won’t even try to describe it. Words cannot capture something that beautiful.
ABSOLUTE STUNNER FROM GRANIT XHAKA! pic.twitter.com/Dr2ZZfJtB1— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 22, 2018
Just look at that thing. I probably don’t need to tell you (but I will), that is not easy to do folks. The pace, the precision, the swerve. **chefs kiss**
He becomes the first Arsenal man to score at this World Cup. A few more interesting tidbits:
Xhaka's goal means the last World Cup at which no Arsenal player scored was 1994, when Eddie McGoldrick was our only representative— Tom Ede (@TomEde1) June 22, 2018
Granit Xhaka is just the 3rd Swiss player to score in more than one World Cup. Others were Jacques Fatton (50/54) and Andre Abegglen (34/38). Thought you should know that.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 22, 2018
Shaqiri added a second goal late on, and the Swiss held on to win 2-1. They are tied with Brazil at the top of Group E. They are next in action on Wednesday, June 27th against Costa Rica and only need a point to advance to the knockout stages.