Switzerland doesn’t want to be caught napping against Sweden

Switzerland doesn’t want to be caught napping against Sweden

Switzerland doesn’t want to be caught napping against Sweden

Sweden grabbed a last eight ticket following their 1-0 win over Switzerland in the round of 16 at the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.

Emil Forsberg's strike from outside the penalty area would likely have been saved by Sommer, but it took a wicked deflection off Manuel Akanji's outstretched foot, leaving the Switzerland keeper with no chance.

Steven Zuber - Even more anonymous than Dzemaili as he only made 18 passes, although one of them was the cut-back for that chance his team-mate failed to convert.

The Swiss were reduced to 10 men when Michael Lang took down Martin Olsson just outside the box with Swansea City man bearing down on goal to compound their misery.

Sweden will play either England or Colombia in the last eight.

They have a team that lacks star quality in the post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era but they know what they are good at - and how to win football matches. Their long balls forward caused panic and they were more bullish in their tackling in midfield. In the shape of Sweden, this World Cup has a rogue quarter-finalist.

- The victory would see Sweden play their first quarterfinals since 1994.

Forsberg had been linked with a near £50 million move to Liverpool and Arsenal after a brilliant first season in the Bundesliga saw him score eight goals and provide a league-leading 19 assists to fire Leipzig to second place behind Bayern Munich in 2016/17.

Moments later it was Sweden's turn to threaten, Marcus Berg put through but sending his attempted half-volley from an angle wildly off target.

Olsson, min. Berg (Thelin, min. 90), Toivonen.


Switzerland - Sommer 7, Lang 5, Akanji 6, Djourou 5, Rodriguez 7, Behrami 6, Xhaka 6, Shaqiri 7, Dzemaili 6, Zuber 5, Drmic 5. The Swedish striker should have done so much better with that opportunity.

Here, we rate the performances of the Switzerland players.

Their 10 corner nearly ended in a goal but Andreas Granqvist - the Rock of Sweden and best defender of the tournament - cleared the danger. Sommer was at full stretch to make that save.

The goal forced Switzerland to play more attacking game as their forwards starting putting pressure on Sweden's defence. The cross was ideal for him, but rather than putting his head on it he sent a side-foot volley well over the crossbar. After a 1-0 win over South Korea in their opener, the Swedes were unlucky to lose to Germany after a brilliant last-gasp Toni Kroos strike.

The last good attempt came in the 40 minute when a ideal Mikael Lustig cross found Albin Ekdal but he had left his vertical path finder at home and from six metres his first time strike didn't trouble Sommer. 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.

But anyone who has followed Switzerland closely over the past two years will not be surprised by the team's progress to the pre-quarterfinals, reports Xinhua news agency.

Shaqiri did not stop here and went on with the another chance few minutes later but the ball was deflected away from the danger zone by the defenders.

The England-Colombia match holds later on Tuesday. Red card: Lang (min. 94).

Switzerland were keen to atone for their mistakes in the first half, and it was the Swede's turn for a slow start.

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