Sweden send Switzerland packing, book place in World Cup quarter-finals


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

Yellow card: Lustig (31′), Behrami (61′), Xhaka (68′).

Sweden fan Ragit Shaqiri found it hard to celebrate his side's progression to a first World Cup quarter-final since 1994 with a victory over Switzerland on Tuesday, as his cousin Xherden Shaqiri played for the losing team.

The only disappointment for Sweden was a first-half booking picked up by Mikael Lustig, ruling the defender out of a last-eight clash against either Colombia or England in Samara on Saturday.

They averaged 38% possession in the group stage and just 33% against the Swiss, but they probably created more good scoring chances than their opponents.

"In the World Cup nothing is guaranteed, but I hope Sweden go on to win it", he said.

This time Berg did test Sommer. It was a good save but had the shot been struck firmer Sommer would not have been able to make it.

The best chance of the half fell to Albin Ekdal. He can pick a pass too, and made more assists than any other player in the Bundesliga in 2016/17.

The desperate Swiss, looking for an equaliser were hit by a counter as Martin Olssen latched on to a through ball.

Ten minutes later, at the other end, the ball was cut back to Blerim Dzemaili inside the box but he blazed it over.

It took over an hour for the first goal to arrive, and for all the clear chances there had been in the game, it came courtesy of a deflected strike.

Rather than let loose, both teams tightened after the interval, and Forsberg's goal came out of the blue. The ball was heading straight towards Sommer but took a fortuitous deflection off Akanji and found its way into the back of the net. 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.

Swedish players celebrate Emil Forsberg's goal against Switzerland at the World Cup on July 3.

Meanwhile, the Swedes were being led out by captain Andreas Granqvist, whose wife Sofie was apparently in labour to their second child according to Match of the Day commentator Simon Brotherton. Sweden chose to forego playing in their own defensive third to neutralize the Swiss' press.

He had chances to cross on numerous occasions but his delivery was uncharacteristically poor for most of the match. Their build-up play was sloppy, with the best effort falling to Remo Freuler with a late header that was saved by Robin Olsen.

Ricardo Rodriguez's crosses and corners from the left were repeatedly headed away by the Swedish defence which easily anticipated his deliveries.

Sweden soon, made series of substitutions to minimise the pressure and the move proved to be successful as they were close to earn a penalty in the dying minutes of the game. Ola Toivonen missed the free-kick, but it was the last kick of the match as Sweden booked their spot in the quarterfinal.

Although not convincing in front of goal, the Swede's were dogged again in their performance and deserved a place in the last eight.

Their 10 corner nearly ended in a goal but Andreas Granqvist - the Rock of Sweden and best defender of the tournament - cleared the danger.