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World Cup: Xherdan Shaqiri completes hat trick for Switzerland


Switzerland and Honduras just wrapped up their final Group E matchup in Arena Amazônia in Manaus. In the end, Switzerland advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup with a 3-0 drubbing of Honduras.

The 3-0 score came off the foot of Xherdan Shaqiri who completed the impressive hat trick in the 71st minute before being subbed off late to a raucous crowd applauding his accomplishment.

The first goal for Shaqiri came in the opening stanza of the game, as he nailed a wonderful left footed shot from outside of the box into the top left corner of the goal in just the sixth minute. The goalie had absolutely no chance to save the perfectly placed shot from Shaqiri.

Check out the first goal of the hat trick in the GIF below:

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The second goal for Shaqiri came in the 31st minute off a fast break for the Swiss team. Check out the second goal of the hat trick in the GIF below:

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The final goal of the hat trick came in the 71st minute as Shaqiri was the recipient of a perfectly placed pass in the box from his teammate Josip Drmic. Check out the final goal of the hat trick in the GIF below:

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Shaqiri’s hat trick is the second of the World Cup thus far. Thomas Müller had the first hat trick of the World Cup in Germany’s opening match against Portugal. 

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