Sweden ousts Switzerland to reach World Cup quarterfinals

1:28                                            Former Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been far from impressed with his country's media coverage during the

1:28 Former Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been far from impressed with his country's media coverage during the

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.

Recommended News

  • Nearly  half of United States  voters think Trump is racist

    Nearly half of United States voters think Trump is racist

    Calls to abolish the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, also known as ICE , are getting louder . It was created recently in the hysteria of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant sentiments following 9/11.
    Three Indicted in Violent Kidnapping of ‘Halloween’ Actress, Actor

    Three Indicted in Violent Kidnapping of ‘Halloween’ Actress, Actor

    Halloween: Resurrection actress Daisy McCrackin was reportedly kidnapped and held for ransom , according to new court documents. Stewart is accused of pistol-whipping Capone before the suspects allegedly covered the victim's heads with black hoods.
    England ends penalty curse to reach last eight

    England ends penalty curse to reach last eight

    England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout, completing a nerve-wracking 120 minutes. England had gone ahead in the 57th minute with Harry Kane's penalty for his sixth goal at the finals in Russian Federation .
  • Belgium hold off Brazil in thriller to reach semis

    Belgium hold off Brazil in thriller to reach semis

    Brazil's Neymar reacts at the end of the team's 2-1 loss to Belgium during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-finals. Neymar had a late chance to equalise but Thibaut Courtois tipped over as Belgium clung on.
    Epic to Turn Off Fortnite’s Playground Mode Next Week

    Epic to Turn Off Fortnite’s Playground Mode Next Week

    The Fortnite Playground limited time mode finally got underway for real this week and has managed to run along pretty well since. At its core, the mode is a private space where up to four players can interact independently of others.
    Time difference gives China head start on tariff war with U.S.

    Time difference gives China head start on tariff war with U.S.

    But the EU rejected any idea of allying with China against Washington ahead of a Sino-European summit in Beijing on July 16-17. Still, China's stance is striking given Washington's deep economic and security ties with European nations.
  • Pruitt's resignation finally ends his corrupt assault on human health, Pallone rails

    Pruitt's resignation finally ends his corrupt assault on human health, Pallone rails

    Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, said Pruitt made the EPA "a punchline". A Senate vote would be required if he is nominated to lead the agency permanently.
    Ohio State Investigators' Emails To Jim Jordan Went To Bad Address

    Ohio State Investigators' Emails To Jim Jordan Went To Bad Address

    Trafford said Perkins Coie followed up on the May emails with a June 12 phone call that Jordan appears also not to have received. Strauss's inappropriate touching of athletes was open knowledge, he said, and he remembered talking about it with Mr.
    Silva wants Spain to use speed at World Cup to beat Russia

    Silva wants Spain to use speed at World Cup to beat Russia

    Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time. Rubiales was firm with his decision to sack Lopetegui and had no regrets of getting Fernando Hierro on board for Spain .
  • We've fixed problems with vehicle , says Lewis Hamilton

    We've fixed problems with vehicle , says Lewis Hamilton

    However, as Verstappen wasn't running one of his race gearboxes, there appears to be no threat of a grid penalty. Chief strategist James Vowles made a public apology to Hamilton over the radio during last Sunday's race.
    Park beats Ryu, Hataoka in playoff to win KPMG Women's PGA

    Park beats Ryu, Hataoka in playoff to win KPMG Women's PGA

    The two-time major champion from South Korea posted one of the few sub-par rounds in the morning at the Kemper Lakes course. Though her ball landed inside the hazard line, Park hit the flawless shot from the hazard to make an up-and-down for a par.
    Man guns down five in United States  newsroom

    Man guns down five in United States newsroom

    The Capital Gazette Families Fund is being managed through the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, owner tronc announced. Authorities on Thursday said the gunman appeared to have a "vendetta" against the paper and had staged a "targeted attack".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.