Sweden, Gustav Svensson advance to quarterfinals with win over Switzerland

Sweden, Gustav Svensson advance to quarterfinals with win over Switzerland

Gustav Svensson and Sweden are headed to the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. Against either Colombia or England, both sides can expect a frustrating match, but they must be patient. However, it took a deflection off the foot of centre back Manuel Akanji and bounced up and into the net.

"We are sorely disappointed, we wanted to do more", Petkovic told reporters after Emil Forsberg's heavily deflected shot settled the match midway through the second half and prevented his side reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 1954.

And from the corner Sweden missed the game's best chance so far, Lustig crossing to the far post where the unmarked Albin Ekdal sent a first-time volley horribly high from only six yards out.

The closest they came was a Haris Seferovic header well saved by Robin Olsen in second half stoppage time, but for all their willingness to throw numbers forward, they still never really got in behind Sweden's defense.

Xherdan Shaqiri looked to pull the strings for Switzerland and he imposed himself on the game early by delivering unsafe balls for Blerim Dzemaili and Josip Drmic, but neither could make the majority.

Both sides had been hampered by suspensions here too, with Switzerland more badly affected.

Boos and whistles rang around the St Petersburg stadium as early as the 25th minute, with both Swedish and Swiss fans alike left irate by the lack of quality and attacking verve on display.

Emil Forsberg scored the only goal of the game on 66 minutes as his deflected strike beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

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. "What other teams and countries think about that, you'll have to ask them".

Andersson also said his team was not satisfied yet. "That feels odd - during the match I'm very much focused on the game". "We know we are a good team, that we've earned our successes - we know how we got this far", the 55-year-old explained.

Switzerland sparked into life after going behind, but Sweden defended stoutly, making 33 clearances and nine blocks in total while completing fewer than half the number of passes that their opponents did.

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.

The referee gave Lang a red card and at first awarded a penalty to the Swedes, but changed his mind after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) and instead awarded a free kick. "We also congratulate the Swedish team".

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