Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Fortunate Forsberg helps Sweden past Swiss into World Cup quarters

Fortunate Forsberg helps Sweden past Swiss into World Cup quarters

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 win means Sweden's impressive campaign motors on as they await the victor of Colombia and England in the quarter-finals.

Andersson, however, is not unduly troubled by his team's lack of creativity.

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Swedish coach Janne Andersson declined to answer questions whether his team has been underestimated at the World Cup after a scrappy win over Switzerland secured them a spot in the quarter-finals.

Switzerland doesn't want to be caught napping early in its World Cup match against Sweden in the round of 16. This could be a breakout tournament for Forsberg, who has already been linked with a number of Premier League clubs.

Olsson, min. Berg (Thelin, min. 90), Toivonen.

Switzerland XI: Sommer, Michael Lang, Akanji, Embolo, Johan Djourou, Xhaka, Behrami, Rodriguez, Dzemaili, Gavranovic, Shaqiri.

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The Round of 16 tie will start at 5 pm local time, 7:30 pm IST and 3 pm BST.

During the opening stages of the game, both Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber failed to threaten with long-range strikes and Sweden nearly capitalised when Marcus Berg was played through on goal, only for the forward to slice a half-volley well wide of the target. Switzerland nearly played themselves into trouble there. Sommer was at full stretch to make that save. Had they not done so then they may not have had to rely on Forsberg's fortunate goal to win the game for them. That should have been an opening goal for Switzerland. It was notable that their starting centre-forward - lone striker Josip Drmic - had only one touch inside the Sweden box, suggesting how the Swiss were tactically outmanoeuvred by a compact and intelligent Sweden. Ekdal was completely free at the back post.

Both have enjoyed their high points in Russian Federation so far - Sweden with that emphatic second half against Mexico, Switzerland in dramatically beating Serbia - but they'll be sincerely hoping they have something left in the tank.

But after 66 minutes the breakthrough came when Forsberg found space on the edge of the area, received a square pass and saw his scuffed strike clip off Akanji and sail high beyond Sommer.

Sweden did not get the penalty they initially thought they had but it did not matter as time ran out for the Swiss. Close to an equaliser for Switzerland.

Forsberg also cleared a corner off his own line to preserve Sweden's lead in the 80th minute.

After the match finished 1-1 at the conclusion of extra time, England recovered from the late heartbreak as substitute Eric Dier netted the winning penalty to send England through to the last eight.

On the other hand, Switzerland, despite their high Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, scraped through to the knockout stages. Good use of VAR, that. The free-kick has been awarded rather than the penalty kick.

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