Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - HARRY PRATT

10 Quar­ter Fi­nal (1934, 1938, 1954)


Vladimir Petkovic Xher­dan Shaqiri

The Swiss are not renowned for free-flow­ing, easy-on-the-eye foot­ball but in Stoke star Shaqiri they do pos­sess a player of great un­pre­dictabil­ity. There are not many who can keep the dy­namic winger (be­low) quiet on his day. How­ever, as rel­e­gated Stoke know, the ex-Bay­ern Mu­nich and In­ter Mi­lan ace can be in­con­sis­tent. Group

Af­ter los­ing away to Por­tu­gal in their fi­nal qual­i­fier and miss­ing out on top spot to Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Co on goal dif­fer­ence, the Swiss showed real steel to beat North­ern Ire­land in the play-offs – al­beit with the aid of a dodgy penalty. Brazil are first up for them in St Peters­burg, mean­ing Switzer­land’s aim is to be in the hunt still for the last 16 come their last Group E clash – against Costa Rica.

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