While in the South Africa World Cup, in 2010, the Swiss efforts against Honduras in the third round of the group phase ended in a goalless draw, in 2014 that same third round had a very different story to tell in Brazil. Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri wrote that new chapter for Switzerland today by scoring three goals against the Hondurans this Wednesday (25 June) at the Amazon Arena in Manaus. The result, coupled with Ecuador's draw against France at the Maracanã in Rio, earned Switzerland a spot in the round of sixteen. Honduras goes back home.
Switzerland finished second in Group E, with six points. France was first with seven. The Swiss' adversary for the next phase is Argentina (first place in Group F). The match happens at Corinthians Arena, in São Paulo, at 1 PM of 1 July. Click on the image to see the complete World Cup match schedule.
This was the fourth and last match at the Amazon Arena as a World Cup stadium. And despite the stadium's former matches with star-studded squads - like Italy vs. England and USA vs. Portugual -, this Wednesday's match was actually its record-breaking attendance. A total 40,322 fans were present for the duel.
Shaqiri was the second player to score three goals in a single match in this edition of the World Cup. He joins Thomas Müller, who scored thrice in the German rout of Portugal at the Fonte Nova arena, in Salvador, during the first round of the group phase.