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

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
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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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