Sweden beat Swiss to reach q/finals

Ross Houston
July 3, 2018

How he must be gutted at missing out on a World Cup quest with the trophy there for the taking.

But Forsberg arrived in Russian Federation shouldering the creative burden left by Ibrahimovic following his retirement two years ago, and the attacking midfielder's skills and slick movement stood out at St Petersburg Stadium.

- Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup - as many shutouts as they'd recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals.

We have England versus Colombia as our top fixture for the day but that match will be preceded by the penultimate last 16 tie between Sweden and Switzerland.

The one blemish on the victory was a yellow card for defender Mikael Lustig, who will now be suspended for the quarter-final in Samara on Saturday. They haven't scored in a knockout game in soccer's biggest tournament in 64 years, when they last reached in the quarterfinals at home in 1954.

The Swiss certainly weren't playing like a team ranked No 6 in the world and with only one loss in their previous 25 games.

Switzerland twice went close to grabbing an equaliser, as Djourou's header dribbled agonisingly across the goal-line and substitute Haris Seferovic drew a late save from close range.

It was the RB Leipzig winger's first goal of the tournament with his 14th shot, improving what had been a frustrating World Cup for him even as Sweden impressed, topping Group F and eliminating reigning champions Germany in the process. Svensson may return to the bench for the quarterfinal as Sebastian Larsson will be returning from suspension.

You can stream every World Cup match on fuboTV (Try for free). Then, in the second half, Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.

Olsson was pushed in the back by Lang with only Sommer to beat in injury-time, with Skomina initially awarding a penalty but changing his decision to a free-kick after he consulted the replay.

It didn't matter, though.

With six minutes remaining before the interval, Blerim Dzemaili was teed up for Switzerland's best opportunity of the half but the Bolgona playmaker sent his first-time effort from a central position over the bar.

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