Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Fortunate Forsberg helps Sweden past Swiss into World Cup quarters

Fortunate Forsberg helps Sweden past Swiss into World Cup quarters

Sweden's Albin Ekdal and Switzerland's Breel Embolo in action the FIFA World Cup at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday.

"To experience this, to fire Sweden into a quarterfinal together with this group, it feels fantastic", said Forsberg.

This was far from a classic at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and if Colombia or England's players were watching on from Moscow, they could be forgiven for feeling bullish about their prospects in the last eight. However, it took a deflection off the foot of center back Manuel Akanji and bounced up and into the net.

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.

Sweden right back Mikael Lustig will miss the quarterfinals after collecting his second yellow card of the tournament for a tug on Switzerland striker Josip Drmic in the first half.

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

With a little over five minutes left until the break, Switzerland should have taken the lead but Zuber's cross from the left was blasted over by Dzemaili.

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.

It was a goal by Emil Forsberg in the 66th minute which deflected off a Swiss defender and went in that proved to be the difference in this one.

Manager Janne Andersson has few star names in his squad but has built a well-organised team who defend well, are hard-working and have a strong team ethic. "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. "What other teams and countries think about that, you'll have to ask them".

Switzerland started off their World Cup campaign in impressive fashion as they came from behind to register a 1-1 draw against the mighty Brazil courtesy of a Steven Zuber goal.

They broke through the Swiss cordon deep into extra time when the substitute Martin Olsson was released into space and brought down by Michael Lang just outside the box.

"This team personifies the approach we all share - we work for each other on and off the pitch, and I'm incredibly happy that it's paying off", Andersson told reporters. "We should have done things better, but we were not good enough to win this match".

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