Sweden, Gustav Svensson advance to quarterfinals with win over Switzerland

Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates

Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates

Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sent Sweden into the World Cup quarter-finals for only the second time since 1958 with a 1-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.

It has been a bold tactical decision by Janne Andersson to relinquish possession in favour of a more rigid and structured system; against Mexico it worked a treat, while against Germany the system almost paid dividends were it not for a late Toni Kroos goal, and once more Sweden have prevailed while only having 32.7% possession.

Swedish fans were in better voice throughout despite their side sacrificing much of the possession, and filled the Saint Petersburg Stadium with a deafening roar when Forsberg struck with a deflected effort in the 66th minute.

Nevertheless, just before the half-hour mark, Sweden nearly went in front through Berg but Switzerland stopper Yann Sommer made an excellent save to his right from a volley. As for being easy opposition, you get the sense that they would more than hold their own against either England or Colombia this weekend.

At the other end, Blerim Džemaili 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.

Emil Forsberg delivered the victor in the 66th minute when the RB Leipzig winger's shot from the edge of the penalty area was deflected past Yann Sommer.

"(Forsberg) has developed in terms of the holistic approach to his game", Andersson said of his goalscorer.

This appears to be a very evenly-matched contest and the 2/1 (3.0) quote for extra-time and, potentially, penalty kicks being required to separate these sides could well prove popular with punters.

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That was a fair assessment of Forsberg's contribution before and after his goal, with the RB Leipzig midfielder unable to bring any sort of influence to bear for large parts of the match.

Andersson also said his team was not satisfied yet.

Instead Sweden are showing here in Russian Federation that there is life after the superstar striker.

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 first awarded a penalty but then changed his mind after consulting the video assistant referee to award a free kick, but Sommer saved Ola Toivonen's effort.

It is Vladimir Petkovic's side who are favourites to come out on top in Tuesday afternoon, with dabblebet offering 13/8 (2.63) for a Swiss success inside 90 minutes.

"We should have done things better but we weren't good enough to win the match".

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