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Sweden win scrappy Swiss encounter to reach World Cup quarters

04 July 2018

The second match saw Sweden facing off against defending champions Germany in one of the matches of the World Cup as Sweden squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 as Toni Kroos scored the winning goal in the 5th minute of injury time to lose 2-1.

A deflected shot from Emil Forsberg gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in a scrappy round of 16 match on Tuesday, sending the Swedes through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years.

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.

It was a goal by Emil Forsberg in the 66th minute which deflected off a Swiss defender and went in that proved to be the difference in this one.

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In stoppage time, Michael Lang was sent off for Switzerland for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson.

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. The Swedes will next play either England or Colombia on Saturday (Sunday NZT) in Samara.

Sweden have reached the last eight just once since they were runners-up to Brazil on home soil in 1958, while 64 years have passed since Switzerland last graced the quarter-finals of this competition - when they were hosts.

Switzerland was fortunate to still be alive at that point. They were without both Fabian Schaer and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner at the back, prompting Johan Djourou and Lang to come in.

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Albin Ekdal also drilled a shot over for Sweden as they began to get themselves on top but the game quickly developed into a contest of few clear-cut opportunities.

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.

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.

Veteran midfielder Sebastian Larsson, formerly of Sunderland and Hull City, sits out for the Swedes after picking up two yellow cards in his three appearances in Group F. Then, in the second half, Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.

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It didn't matter, though.

Sweden win scrappy Swiss encounter to reach World Cup quarters