Forsberg comes to the fore to lead Sweden into quarters

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Sweden are on the verge of a first quarter-final since 1994 Credit Reuters

Tuesday, July 3, at the world Cup in Russian Federation took place the next matches of 1/8 finals, in which Sweden was just one goal to go through to the quarter-finals, but England and Colombia to determine the victor of the 120 minutes was not enough.

Emil Forsberg's right-foot shot deflected off defender Manuel Akanji and past the wrong-footed Yann Sommer.

Isaac Thelin came on and Marcus Berg off as Sweden ran down the clock, and in the last seconds Olsson was fouled by Michael Lang as he burst through, with Lang sent off.

Referee Damir Skomina had initially pointed to the spot, but after reviewing the incident with VAR decided that the contact was outside of the area and overturned his decision to instead award a free-kick.

Switzerland and Sweden meet in St Petersburg with a place in the last eight of World Cup 2018 awaiting the winners.

With the final action of the first period, Rodriguez crossed from the left and Olsen lost the ball but Sweden scrambled it away.

Swedish supporters will be hoping they can replicate the form of the last team from the nation to reach the quarter-finals as the squad at the 1994 tournament went on to finish third.

Janne Andersson's team were slightly the more aggressive and created the better chances.

Going into Tuesday's two remaining last-16 ties, one of Switzerland, Sweden, England, Colombia, Croatia and Russian Federation was certain of reaching the final.

There can be no doubting Switzerland are good at what they do when playing to their strengths; they will continue to grow under the stewardship of Petkovic.

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Thirty minutes of extra time failed to celebrate the sides, before the young England team exorcised the demons of shootouts past with a 4-3 spotkick win.

The Swiss team head into the final-16 after finishing second in the group stage behind Brazil, and are unbeaten so far in the tournament. "We don't even know what team we will face yet, but that is going to be the focus of our preparations", he said.

Granit Xhaka - Tried to dictate play in midfield and used the ball well while one rasping shot in the first half threatened but was always rising.

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.

Sweden claimed a ragged 1-0 win over Switzerland to book a quarter final berth at Russian Federation 2018. With 12 minutes remaining, Francois Moubandje's header was blocked on the line by Forsberg and hacked clear by Andreas Granqvist, his captain.

On the 21st minute Shaqiri delivered another long cross-in, but it was calmly collected by Sweden keeper Robin Olsen.

But anyone who has followed Switzerland closely over the past two years will not be surprised by the team's progress to the pre-quarterfinals, reports Xinhua news agency.

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

"We're not satisfied with this: we want to win the next match as well". We all work so hard for each other on and off the pitch.

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

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