Sweden marches on to quarterfinals after victory over Switzerland

Jul 07, 2018, 02:51
Sweden marches on to quarterfinals after victory over Switzerland

The initial decision of penalty was overturned in favour of a free kick just outside the area and, with the last action of the match, Toivonen's powerful strike was saved by Sommer.

Emil Forsberg's right-foot shot deflected off defender Manuel Akanji and past the wrong-footed Yann Sommer. Add to that a bit of Forsberg stardust, and the Swedes can dare to dream, just like they did against Switzerland.

Emil Forsberg's deflected effort had earlier sent Sweden through to the last eight for the first time since United States of America 1994 as they edged Switzerland in an intriguing last 16 tie.

Switzerland, ranked No. 6 in the world, had more possession but failed to carve out any clear-cut chances.

Sweden claimed a ragged 1-0 win over Switzerland to book a quarter final berth at Russian Federation 2018.

Blerim Dzemaili should have done better when he blazed over from 16 yards out after running onto Zuber's cutback from the right on 39 minutes, and it nearly proved costly as the Blagult went close on two occasions moments later. Janne Andersson's team were slightly the more aggressive and created the better chances.

"There was something missing in that match", Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said.

This will be Sweden's 50th World Cup game as they will become the 11th team to reach that tally with Mexico being the only team that has featured in more games than the Swedes without winning the trophy.

Sweden's incredible run at the World Cup has extended to a quarter-final berth as they defeated Switzerland 1-0 in the round of 16.

Mikael Lustig made headlines before this match by suggesting his team would try to get Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka sent off as they were aware of his poor disciplinary record, per the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson.

In all their group matches, Sweden demonstrated a remarkable art of team work with players playing as one unit. Instead, it's their strength as a unit that has got them this far and on this basis, they could go even further at this World Cup.

But after the match all the conversation centred on the deflected shot from Emil Forsberg that gave the better team on the day the correct outcome. "We played out of defence too slowly and we also tried to play diagonal passes, but we were not good enough".

"There was something missing in that match from us but in all the games Sweden have been involved in, their opponents have had a hard time developing the emotions and momentum you need".

"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".

"We're all very happy about the successes we have seen so far".

"We're going to focus on one thing when we've digested this victory, and that's the game on Saturday".

"We have a gameplan and they do not stray from it one millimeter", said Andersson of his team, aside making up for its lack of superstars - notably Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from worldwide football after Euro 2016 - with unity and spirit.