Sweden edge Switzerland to storm World Cup quarter-finals

Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates

Switzerland came into the match as the side with arguably the greater wealth of attacking talent, but their four shots on target over the 90 minutes told its own story. However, it took a deflection off the foot of centre back Manuel Akanji and bounced up and into the net. Now the duo will be expected to step up again, especially when they are up against a stern Swedish backline that has only conceded two goals in the competition so far. "To experience this, to fire Sweden into a quarter-finals together with this group, it feels fantastic", said Forsberg.

Nevertheless, just before the half-hour mark, Sweden nearly went in front through Berg but Switzerland stopper Yann Sommer made an excellent save to his right from a volley.

Switzerland's best opening led to Blerim Dzemaili shooting over.

Sweden right back Mikael Lustig will miss the quarterfinals after collecting his second yellow card of the tournament for a tug on Josip Drmic in the first half.

Even the goal had a fair bit of fortune about it.

It was a goal by Emil Forsberg in the 66th minute which deflected off a Swiss defender and went in that proved to be the difference in this one.

This appears to be a very evenly-matched contest and the 2/1 (3.0) quote for extra-time and, potentially, penalty kicks being required to separate these sides could well prove popular with punters.

That was a fair assessment of Forsberg's contribution before and after his goal, with the RB Leipzig midfielder unable to bring any sort of influence to bear for large parts of the match.

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Johan Cruyff famously remarked that 'there is only one ball, so you need to have it, ' but Andersson has set his team up so that possession is not necessary in all circumstances, instead he prioritises his side on a well-drilled structure that frustrates the opposition without having the ball.

"We know that we're a good team, we've earned our successes".

"We didn't find any fluidity and we got stuck in the middle", Petkovic said.

"Sweden are a strong team but we didn't expect to be losing against them - but there were tiny details".

Switzerland sparked into life after going behind, but Sweden defended stoutly, making 33 clearances and nine blocks in total, while completing fewer than half the number of passes that their opponents did.

Switzerland's Michael Lang was sent off in injury-time for a last-ditch push on Martin Olsson and referee Damir Skomina downgraded his penalty to a free-kick on the edge of the area.

Sommer saved Ola Toivonen's effort, and the game ended seconds later.

"We should have done things better but we weren't good enough to win the match".

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