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

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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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