Soccer-Shaqiri double gives Swiss 2-0 halftime lead over Honduras


MANAUS, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) - Xherdan Shaqiri's double

gave Switzerland a 2-0 halftime lead over Honduras in a Group E

match on Wednesday to give the Alpine nation a great chance of

progressing to the World Cup knockout stages.

Switzerland took the lead after six minutes with Shaqiri

firing a superb shot from just outside the penalty box into the

top corner.

A swift counter attack led to the second goal after 31

minutes with Josip Drmic finding an unmarked Shaqiri who calmly

slid the ball past Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

(Writing by Nigel Hunt; editing by Justin Palmer)

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