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UEFA Euro 2016: Xherdan Shaqiri slams Poland for celebrating on Switzerland's side of the stadium

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 June 2016, 17:20 IST

Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri has lashed out at Poland for celebrating their victory over his team in the wrong section of the Saint-Etienne stadium. Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out on 25 June to make it to the quarterfinals of the Euro 2016 - their first quarterfinals in an Euro championship.

After bagging the win, Adam Nawałka's men celebrated at the Swiss fan side of the stadium.

"They are professional players - they should know they have to go to the other side to celebrate. What can I say?" Xherdan Shaqiri told Goal.com.

The second half of the match saw an acrobatic goal from Shaqiri, which is now the top contender for the best goal of the tournament.

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"You don't know me so well. I've scored loads of nice goals!" he told Goal.com, adding, "It was a very important goal and was more important for me because it pushed the team and the fans on. Of course, it was beautiful. But in the end we are out and I'm disappointed".

Shaqiri said that despite Switzerland's defeat, he was "proud" of his team. He also reportedly compared their performance to Switzerland's extra-time loss to Argentina in the 2014 World Cup. "We're all proud of our effort. We're proud of playing like this in the tournament. We would have deserved to advance. That's football in the end. The penalties are 50-50," he said.

Commenting on his teammate Granit Xhaka, who missed the penalty - by a wide 12-yards from the post - Shaqiri said: "I think Granit is very professional, he can cope with it. That's football, everyone can make mistakes. Sometimes you're the best, sometimes you're the saddest. That's what you have to cope with. Granit will stand up again and continue. I hope he will score in the round of 16 at the World Cup".

First published: 26 June 2016, 17:20 IST
 
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