Sweden ousts Switzerland to reach World Cup quarterfinals

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates scoring a goal

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates scoring a goal

Emil Forsberg's deflected second-half goal gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years.

The first meeting between the nations at a major tournament simmered for 65 minutes in St Petersburg until Forsberg's fortunate strike handed Sweden a crucial lead.

In the 66th minute, the Swedes finally made the breakthrough when Emil Forsberg cut inside to fire home via a wicked deflection off Manuel Akanji.

Referee Damir Skomina's decision to award the late penalty against Lang looked correct at the time, but a review showed Olsson was just outside the box when he was tripped.

The result means Sweden set up a quarter-final match in Samara on July 7, where they will meet the winners of Tuesday's England versus Colombia game. Then, towards the later part of the first half, Sweden began to prove themselves by finding threatening opportunities within the opposition box. I've understood that we won the match today and went through the last 16.

The oracle cat confidently approached a bowl with food with Switzerland's flag at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, and ate the food.

Striker Marcus Berg was the biggest culprit, spurning two openings in quick succession, while Albin Ekdal volleyed over with the goal at his mercy.

Granit Xhaka tried his luck from distance for Switzerland but failed to hit the target before Dzemaili put another attempt over after combining nicely with Steven Zuber.

And when at the end the Swiss pressed for an equaliser, Forsberg cleared from close to his goal and several team-mates put in desperate blocks as they showed that they will provide a hard test for anyone who wants to stop them reaching the final.




Vladimir Petkovic's team had lost just one of their last 25 games and come through a group stage in Russian Federation that included Brazil and Serbia.

Switzerland controlled possession early as Sweden mostly defended with 10 men behind the ball when in their own half.

But the Swedes defended resolutely and had Olsen to thank in the first minute of stoppage time for acrobatically keeping out a bullet header from Haris Seferovic after Ricardo Rodriguez's cross from the left.

England banished their penalty shoot-out demons as they beat Colombia to set up a quarter-final clash with Sweden on another dramatic day at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Embolo also threatened from a corner but Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist got back to block his header on the line before Robin Olsen kept out a Seferovic header.

Overall, though, Switzerland are still a team very much on the up.

"We're not satisfied with this: we want to win the next match as well".

"We've worked this way throughout, we're continuing the same way, and what other teams and countries think about that is not terribly interesting".

A low-quality match featured some of the worst finishing seen so far at the World Cup, and two efforts stood out.

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