Honduras vs. Switzerland: Goals, Highlights from Group E Match

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 25, 2014

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri salutes as he carries the ball after scoring a hat-trick during the group E World Cup soccer match between Honduras and Switzerland at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Switzerland won 3-0.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Felipe Dana/Associated Press

Xherdan Shaqiri netted a hat trick to lead Switzerland to the knockout stages of the World Cup in a 3-0 drubbing of Honduras on Wednesday. 

Switzerland's spot was secured after Ecuador and France played to a 0-0 draw. 

It was the competition's second hat trick (Thomas Muller) and the 50th in the history of the World Cup. 

Shaqiri gave the Swiss a quick lead in the sixth minute with an incredible strike from outside the 18-yard box.

Xherdan Shaqiri, this is sensational. (Via @TSBible) http://t.co/mbwseDDgau

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 25, 2014

His goal revealed a fairly bizarre statistic:

0-1 (6') With Shaqiri scoring for Switzerland every shirt number from 1 to 23 has now scored at the 2014 World Cup except '1'. #HON #SUI

— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) June 25, 2014 

Shaqiri got his brace with another strike in the 31st minute.  

2-0 Shaqiri https://t.co/k4yVCKBPBV

— Jack (@JackWatson_) June 25, 2014

Xherdan Shaqiri: Has now scored 11 goals in his 37 appearances for Switzerland #sui

— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 25, 2014

He then bagged his hat trick and secured the three points with a neat finish in front of the net. 

#sui 3-0 #hon - Shaqiri - a hat-trick. They are through unless #ecu can find a way to beat #fra https://t.co/Tdy3iRGQQb

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 25, 2014