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WORLD CUP - Group E: Shaqiri hat-trick sends Switzerland through

Switzerland are through to the Round of 16 after beating Honduras 3-0 in their final Group E fixture at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored the second hat-trick of the tournament - following Germany's Thomas Muller - to become the first Swiss player to score multiple goals in a World Cup since Josef Hugi netted a treble in the amazing 7-5 quarter-final loss to Austria back in 1954.

The 22-year old Bayern Munich winger dazzled the Hondurans with his pace and class and managed to hit the back of the net in the sixth, 31st and 71st minutes to help the Swiss progress.

Shaqiri's first goal came in fine fashion when he beat a defender before firing a cracker from long range past Noel Valladares who was helpless to say the least.

25 minutes later and Ottmar Hitzfeld's Swiss side were two goals ahead when Shaqiri was the recipient of some clever lead-up play from Josip Drmic, who had pounced on an error from Victor Bernardez.

Drmic played Shaqiri in and the Bundesliga star took a few touches before slotting calmly past Valladares to double his tally.

And a brilliant individual performance got even better 20 minutes from time when Shaqiri, again with help from Drmic, slotted home with consummate ease to complete his hat-trick and give the Swiss an unassailable three-goal lead.

The victory sees the Swiss move into the initial knockout stage of the competition where they will take on Argentina in Sao Paulo on Tuesday while Honduras will head north back to their homeland after a disappointing tournament.

2014 FIFA World Cup - Group E

Honduras: 0 Switzerland: 3 (Xherdan Shaqiri 6'/31/71')

Arena de Amazonia, Manaus - 40,322

Yellow cards:HON - Jerry Palacios 66' SUI - nil

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