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:
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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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