Stakes are high as Portugal prepare for their final World Cup group game against Iran in Saransk on Monday.
Portugal are level on four points with Spain in Group B and need at least a draw against Iran to guarantee a place in the knockout phase.
“We have watched games contested by Iran as well as other games. We’ve reached the conclusion that there won’t be easy games in this World Cup,” said defender Dias.
“It will be a game in which we must start fighting from the start.”
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The Stoke City winger and Arsenal midfielder scored the goals in the come-from-behind victory in Kaliningrad, after Aleksandar Mitrovic had headed the Serbs into the lead.
The duo, both of Kosovar-Albanian heritage, are believed to have used an Albanian nationalist symbol to celebrate their goals.
Xhaka, whose father was imprisoned in the former Yugoslavia after protesting for Kosovan independence, celebrated his stunning second-half equaliser by locking his open hands together at the thumbs and ‘flapping’ his fingers.
The gesture resembles – and is understood to be a reference to – the two-headed eagle on Albania’s national flag.
Jovan Surbatovic, the general secretary of the Football Association of Serbia, said on Saturday that the organisation intends to write a complaint to FIFA regarding the matter.
Shaqiri, who was born in Kosovo and plays with the Kosovan flag stitched into his right boot with the Swiss flag on his left, celebrated in the same manner after scoring a 90th-minute winner.
The celebrations run the risk of inflaming tensions between ethnic Albanians and nationalist Serbs in Kosovo and beyond.
Kosovo’s Albanian-majority political institutions declared independence from Serbia in 2008. A decade on, Serbia still does not recognise Kosovo’s independence.
Xhaka and Shaqiri could face punishment from football’s governing body FIFA, if their celebrations are deemed to be displays of political symbols.
Shaqiri put his reaction to his late winner down to emotion. “I think in football you have always emotions,” the 26-year-old said.
“You can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion. I’m very happy to score this goal. It’s not more. I think we don’t have to speak about this now.”
Vladimir Petkovic, Switzerland’s Bosnian-born head coach, suggested his players were caught in the heat of the moment and hoped the celebrations would not detract from his side’s victory.
“You should never mix politics and football. It’s clear that emotions show up and that’s how things happen,” he said.
“I think we all together need to steer away from politics in football and we should focus on this sport as a beautiful game and something that brings people together.”
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored braces as Belgium made light work of Tunisia, securing a 5-2 win in their World Cup Group G clash on Saturday.
Tunisia pulled one back through Dylan Bronn within the next two minutes but their two-goal cushion was restored on the stroke of half-time when the Manchester United striker scored his second.
Hazard then struck again six minutes into the second period while substitute Michy Batshuayi added a fifth at the death for the Red Devils.
There was still time however for Wahbi Khazri to score another for Tunisia in stoppage time.
Here, we analyse Lukaku’s performance.
Goals – 2
Shots – 2
Shots on target – 2
Touches – 26
Key passes – 2
Aerial duels won – 5
Lukaku led the line in an unchanged 3-4-3 for Belgium. After a frustrating first half against Panama, the striker was happy to capitalise on the space he was afforded in this encounter.
He used the forward runs of Hazard and Dries Mertens intelligently to peel to away from defenders and into space. Lukaku took both his finishes expertly but could have had even more in his 58-minute display.
With two goals from two shots, it’s no secret that Lukaku’s finishing was at its best but it was his movement to create those chances for himself that was equally impressive.
He cleverly arced away to the far side to receive the ball in space, used a slight drop of his shoulder to create a yard and score his first. A quick dart behind the back-line saw him latch onto Thomas Meunier’s pass for his second.
His most prominent weakness was evident even in this otherwise commanding performance. A frequently poor first touch has let him down on several occasions and cost him a goal this time around as well.
Kevin De Bruyne’s through ball afforded him a one-on-one with the keeper but a heavy touch saw him eventually run it out for a goal-kick. That was one of three bad touches before he was replaced within the hour.
Lukaku appears to be in at his clinical best in this tournament and looks set to give Cristiano Ronaldo a run for him money in the race for the Golden Boot after drawing level with the Portugal star on four goals.
He became the first player in 32 years – since Diego Maradona – to score more than one goal in back-to-back World Cup matches. His early substitution was testament to his importance to the side with Roberto Martinez keen to keep him fresh going forward.
RATING – 8/10