Sweden marches on to quarterfinals after victory over Switzerland

07 July, 2018, 08:15 | Author: Felix Jensen
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Sweden claimed a ragged 1-0 win over Switzerland to book a quarter final berth at Russian Federation 2018.

Berg, for example, had a good chance early on only for his shot to strike Swiss defender Manuel Akanji and then Albin Ekdal drove the follow up widely over.

At the other end, Blerim Dzemaili wasted Switzerland's best chance when he fired over from 12 metres, while Xherdan Shaqiri had a bad day at the office, sending several diagonal balls from the wing sailing over the heads of his team-mates.

Emil Forsberg's deflected second-half strike handed Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday and booked the Scandinavian side a place in the World Cup quarterfinals.

If it beats Sweden, Switzerland would reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1954.

"It brings tears to my eyes", Forsberg said, "and makes me so proud". Then, in the second half, Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.

The cat was correct in choosing the Russian national team as the victor over Saudi Arabia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup's opener in Moscow on June 14 and also the outcomes of the matches at the stadium in St. Petersburg.

The England-Colombia match holds later on Tuesday.

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The countries may have never met at a major tournament but the head to head record is pretty even, with Switzerland winning 11 of the 29 clashes to Sweden's 10, while there's been eight draws, and we like the look of another draw and under 2.5 goals at 9/4, with a goalless draw priced at 11/2 with Paddy Power.

Switzerland could consider itself unlucky to be eliminated by a deflected shot from Emil Forsberg, but it was also a victim of its own overcautious play - a failure to seize control of a match that their lofty ranking suggested they should have won easily. Switzerland will be without right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and central defender Fabian Schar while Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson is also out after picking up two yellow cards in the competition's first phase.

Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player.

"It's a few times that it's happened that we go out", striker Josip Drmic said. With 12 minutes remaining, Francois Moubandje's header was blocked on the line by Forsberg and hacked clear by Andreas Granqvist, his captain. We should have done better but were simply below par and not good enough to win the game.

"We're not satisfied with this: we want to win the next match as well".

"I think you'd have to ask everyone else that question".

It wasn't surprising to see the Swedes sitting back and allowing the Swiss to keep possession - Janne Andersson's side had enjoyed very little of the ball against either Germany or Mexico. "We know we are a good team, that we've earned our successes - we know how we got this far", the 55-year-old explained.

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

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