Sweden vs Switzerland - Deflected goal ends the hope for the Alpine Messi

Sweden vs Switzerland - Deflected goal ends the hope for the Alpine Messi

Either Colombia or England will await them in the quarter-final.

After putting up the early pressure, Sweden regrouped their strategy and it paid off to some extent as forward M. Berg beat the offside trap and charged in behind, but his shot was stopped by the goalkeeper Yann Sommer in one-on-one tackle. The ball took a big deflection, it was the most Swedish goal you'll see at this World Cup but one that has now taken the Baltic nation into the quarter-finals, a first in 24 years. It was a good save but had the shot been struck firmer Sommer would not have been able to make it.

The breakthrough came when Toivanen picked out Forsberg on the edge of the area. Albin Ekdal would have made amends two minutes later instead of finding Row Z. Close to an equaliser for Switzerland.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Russian Federation 2018 and departed without a goal in the knockout rounds of the World Cup to either of their names.

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.

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Switzerland were disappointing. Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Bologna's Blerim Dzemali blew their best chances in the minutes before the break.

This was only Switzerland's fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. Sweden made a decision to forego playing in their own defensive third to neutralize the Swiss' press.

Forsberg dropped his shoulder to create space at the edge of the area and scored with a deflected shot to earn the Swedes a 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

He had chances to cross on numerous occasions but his delivery was uncharacteristically poor for most of the match. Defenders Augustinsson and Granqvist have proved their goal-scoring abilities in Russian Federation and their contribution will be key if the match goes into extra-time.

They finished the game with 10 men after right back Michael Lang was sent off in stoppage time for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson.

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Haris Seferovic - Joined Drmic up front in the final 15 minutes and tested Robin Olsen with a header.

The yellow-shirted hordes in the stands cheered it just as loudly as they once would an Ibrahimovic wonder-strike and, like the fans, Andersson does not really care what outsiders think about the way his team plays their football. Sommer saved the ensuing free-kick, upon which the final whistle was blown.

Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, top and Switzerland's Manuel Akanji react after their team lost the round of 16 match between Switzerland and Sweden at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

As has been evident throughout the tournament, Sweden's physicality proved too much with another professional and resolute display sending them through.

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