Sweden beats Switzerland 1-0 in the Round of 16 match

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates scoring a goal

Impressive throughout, Forsberg shimmied on the edge of the Swiss area, scuffed his shot and Manuel Akanji's outstretched leg deflected it up and over Sommer.

Olsson was pushed in the back by Lang with only Sommer to beat in injury-time, with Skomina initially awarding a penalty but changing to a free-kick after he consulted the replay.

Emil Forsberg's deflected shot proved the difference at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, where Sweden shaded a scrappy contest to reach the last eight for the first time since 1994.

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Steven Zuber was off target with a near-post header and later exchanged a series of passes with Blerim Dzemaili, who had a great opening from 16 yards but again showed a lack of composure that let the game down at key moments.

But Sweden got past them, just as they got out of a group containing world champions Germany.

Underestimate them at your peril.

Switzerland looked the better side in an uninspiring first half but failed to convert the few chances they created, and Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg broke the deadlock 66 minutes in.

History is beckoning for the No. 6-ranked Swiss team.

Strength: Unity. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from global football there were questions - not least those posed by the striker himself - about how Sweden would cope without their talisman.

The desperate Swiss, looking for an equaliser were hit by a counter as Martin Olssen latched on to a through ball.

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It was an afternoon laced with regret for a Switzerland side that struggled to wear down their disciplined opponents.

The Swiss team have risen in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings after an impressive run of just one loss in their last 25 games.

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. Their build-up play was sloppy, with the best effort falling to Remo Freuler with a late header that was saved by Robin Olsen.

England has eliminated Colombia after a 4-3 triumph in penalties, securing a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. They haven't scored in a knockout game in soccer's biggest tournament in 64 years, when they last reached in the quarter-finals at home in 1954. Then, in the second half, Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.

It's Switzerland who have been installed as the narrow 17/10 bookmakers favourites to win the last-16 clash in 90 minutes, with Sweden available at 2/1, while a draw can be found at the same price.

Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player.

"There was something missing in that match", Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said. The call was quickly overturned with the help of VAR, calling for a free kick instead, and allowing Sweden to completely dominate the rest of the match.

"I hope we can learn", said Shaqiri, who would still be only 31 and at his fourth World Cup in Qatar next time. "But in the end it wasn't enough".

"We have a team where the chemistry is right, that really goes together, and this is a guarantee for success". We share. We work for each other on and off the pitch.

A low-quality match featured some of the worst finishing seen so far at the World Cup, and two efforts stood out. It's all about the process right now and it's full steam ahead for us. His team would surprise people, he said.

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