Xherdan Shaqiri's hat trick helps Swiss find holes in Honduras defense

Jay Busbee
June 25, 2014
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri (23) scores his teams second goal during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Switzerland at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri (23) scores his teams second goal during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Switzerland at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Switzerland fielded 11 men against Honduras on Wednesday afternoon. As it turned out, the Swiss needed only one.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored three goals to singlehandedly (single-leggedly?) propel Switzerland into the round of 16. It all began in the match's sixth minute, with this long-range beauty:

Soon afterward, ESPN noted the professional component of Shaqiri's feat:

He followed with goals at the 31st and 71st minutes. Shaqiri, who may be headed to Liverpool next season, is now the second player to score a hat trick in the 2014 World Cup, and 50th overall, following Germany's Thomas Muller.

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