Emil Forsberg ousts Switzerland and sends Sweden into World Cup last eight

Posted July 04, 2018

Peter Schmeichel says Sweden's deflected goal which earned them a World Cup win over Switzerland and a place in the quarter-finals was "lucky", but added the Swedes won't mind how they booked their place in the last eight. The Swiss defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot but a deflection took the ball past the wrong-footed goalkeeper.

When Forsberg did score, in the 66th minute, his goal was a hugely deserved one.

Sweden have been playing as organized and team-oriented soccer as anyone at the World Cup this year, and they will need to be just as sound in all facets again on Tuesday.

Sweden, who will face either England or Colombia in the last eight, created more chances than their more refined but disappointing opponents and could have won more easily but for some wayward finishing.

Switzerland has not scored a goal in the knockout stage of a World Cup since their 7-5 loss to Austria in the quarter-finals of the 1954 World Cup which they hosted with their last ever knockout goal at a major tournament since 1954 being scored by Xherdan Shaqiri against Poland in Euro 2016.

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However, it is not just goals that Janne Andersson is expecting from his talisman, as Forsberg brings so much more to his game than just his final product.

In stoppage time, Michael Lang was sent off for Switzerland for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson. The winger picked up a pass on the edge of the penalty area and hit a low drive in the direction of Sommer.

Switzerland was fortunate to still be alive at that point.

The Swedes were limited but played to the strengths that got them past Italy in the two-leg World Cup playoff and to the top of a group containing defending champion Germany, Mexico and South Korea.

Svensson may return to the bench for the quarterfinal as Sebastian Larsson will be returning from suspension.

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Defensive duo Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner - Switzerland's captain - are both suspended for this tie, so Petkovic will have to shuffle his pack accordingly.

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Xhaka was booked for pulling back Viktor Claesson as Sweden looked to break, and then Shaqiri's strike from inside the area was blocked and deflected wide.

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.

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