Sweden beat Switzerland to set up possible quarter-final with England

Saturday, 07 Jul, 2018

The goal forced Switzerland to play more attacking game as their forwards starting putting pressure on Sweden's defence.

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Thus, Sweden and England defeated their rivals and will play each other in the 1/4 finals of the 2018 world Cup.

Sweden's Emil Forsberg provided a rare moment of poise from a game badly in need of some inspiration to fire the Scandinavians into a first World Cup quarter-final for 24 years with the only goal against Switzerland on Tuesday.

The match would end immediately afterwards to put the Swedes in place for a quarter-final clash with the victor of England/ Colombia later on Tuesday.

Sweden finally got their reward just after the hour mark. The second match saw them facing off against Serbia in a match that was marred by the eagle celebration by the Swiss goalscorers Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka that saw them coming from behind to register a 2-1 victory over Serbia.

The Swedes expertly cancelled out anything that their opponents threw at them, controlling the pace of the game and making it hard for Switzerland to build attacks of any cohesion.

Here we take a closer look at the Swedish side and the threat they pose... The country has never advanced to the final four of the tournament. He went down in the penalty area but the first contact, as shown by VAR, was just outside the penalty area. Janne Andersson's team were slightly the more aggressive and created the better chances.

One cross was expertly delivered in to the area only for Steven Zuber to head over while another passed dangerously across the front of goal and wide.

Sweden are through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 after a deflected goal from Emil Forsberg clinched a 1-0 win over Switzerland.

Now Shaqiri and the rest of the Switzerland team will have to go home and analyze how another round of 16 match got away from them and maybe next time end its depressing World Cup knockout curse.

Forsberg's dazzling form for Leipzig - reportedly good enough to have piqued the interest of Arsenal, Juventus and Atletico Madrid among others - comes in a team heavily influenced by the gegenpressing style.

"We've been very fortunate so far, that is true, but what we've seen throughout the tournament is that in spells we have been playing very well", Petkovic said on the eve of the match.

Switzerland will be going into the clash without centre-back Fabian Schar and right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, who are both facing one-game bans.

David Hytner's match report from the St Petersburg Stadium will follow.

It was a brilliant neck-and-neck affair till the 66th minute when Forsberg scored the goal, after which Switzerland failed to display the same energy and thus lost the issue.

Sweden had one attempt fewer on target, with the only difference being that one of them took a heavy deflection and wrong-footed Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to send the Swedes into the next round.