Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's first goal...

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the World Cup group G soccer match between Serbia and Switzerland, in Doha, Qatar, Qatar, Friday Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) Credit: AP/Ricardo Mazalan

DOHA, Qatar — Switzerland advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup for the third tournament in a row after a 3-2 win over Serbia on Friday.

Remo Freuler scored the winning goal just after halftime as the Swiss secured second place in Group G. They will next face Portugal on Tuesday at Lusail Stadium.

Xherdan Shaqiri put Switzerland ahead early in the first half before Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic responded for Serbia. Breel Embolo evened the score just before halftime.

Switzerland needed a win to guarantee itself a place in the knockout round after beating Cameroon and losing to Brazil in its opening two games. The team reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and again four years later in Russia. They lost 1-0 in both matches, to Argentina and Sweden, respectively.

Against Portugal, the Swiss will be looking to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since hosting the competition in 1954.

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Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, right, celebrates with teammate Breel Embolo after...

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, right, celebrates with teammate Breel Embolo after scoring his side's first goal during the World Cup group G soccer match between Serbia and Switzerland, in Doha, Qatar, Qatar, Friday Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) Credit: AP/Ricardo Mazalan

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