Switzerland, Serbia coaches don't want to talk about Kosovo

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don't want to talk about Kosovo

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don't want to talk about Kosovo

Kosovo, a former Serbian province, declared its independence in 2008.

Next up for Serbia is Brazil, and while Tite's men have looked vulnerable in their opening group matches, they boast an embarrassment of attacking riches, who can turn over anyone on their day. Politicians in Switzerland and Serbia had their say, too, in the matter.

Granit Xhaka gave Switzerland an equalizer against Serbia in the 52nd minute Friday with a brilliant strike from long range - but the replays showed that the attempt at goal likely should have been blocked by Serbia's Branislav Ivanovic.

But when asked about the flags Petkovic insisted he will focus on Switzerland's performance.

However not everyone was enjoying the political gesture, as Serbian fans booed in the stadium, other football fans shared their disgust at the gestures on Twitter.

"In football you have always emotions and you can see what I did and it's just emotion", he said in reference to his controversial celebration.

"It's clear that emotions were displayed up and I think we all need to steer away from politics and focus on this sport as a attractive game that brings people together", Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic told reporters. "We have our goals".

However, after a six-month loan spell with Fulham, the striker hit insatiable form towards the tail end of the season - and just in time for the World Cup - as his goals helped the west London club clinch promotion to the Premier League.

Midfielder Valon Behrami grew up in what is now Kosovo, moving to Switzerland with his family in 1990 amid rising tensions between ethnic Albanians and Serbs.

Despite going down a goal so soon, Switzerland did not lie down and found most of their creative play down their left-hand side through left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, but were lacking the cutting edge.

The Stoke City player - who has been linked with a move to Liverpool - paid tribute to his teammates for turning the match around, a feat he suggested the Switzerland squad of years gone by would not have achieved.

"If they are such great patriots, why don't they play for their own countries instead of Switzerland?". There was, nevertheless, plenty for Serbia to be pleased about, with Mitrovic particularly impressive in the air. Bosnia finished third in its qualifying group and didn't make it to Russian Federation. "It's not more. I think we don't have to speak about this now".

"I don't have any comment", he said.

Zenica is a town about 70 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital.

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