2018 World Cup
Result: Sweden 1-0 Switzerland
Date: 03 July 2018
Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium
Sweden progressed to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup after defeating Switzerland 1-0 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Marcus Berg had a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring for Sweden in the eighth minute after going through inside the box but he rushed his shot and failed to hit the target.
Neither side had established any rhythm in the match after 20 minutes, although clear cut chances were hard to come by on both ends of the pitch,
The Swedes were keeping their shape at the back after half-an-hour looking for opportunities on counter-attacks.
Sweden should have opened the scoring five minutes before the break but Albin Ekdal somehow blazed over the crossbar from six-yards out.
The Swedes eventually got the breakthrough though in the 66th minute after Emil Forsberg’s strike from just outside the box took a deflection off Manuel Akanji and sailed into the back of the net, 1-0.
Switzerland increased their intensity going forward with a quarter of an hour remaining desperate for the equaliser, while the pacy Breel Embolo was also introduced.
Vladimir Petkovic’s men were pressurising the Swedes for the leveller but the likes of Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri struggled to carve out chances.
The Swiss did go close on the 90th minute when Ricardo Rodriguez's cross found Jospi Drmic, whose header was denied by Robin Olsen.
The clash ended on a sour note for the Swiss as defender Michael Lang was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Martin Olsson, who was through on goal.