Sweden win scrappy Swiss encounter to reach World Cup quarter-finals

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The Swiss have twice conceded the opening goal in Russian Federation - first in their 1-1 draw with Brazil and again against Serbia - when Switzerland became the first team at this World Cup to win after going a goal down.

Winger Emil Forsberg's second-half strike helped Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup after a gap of 24 years.

A small detail from a awful match but indicative of its low quality and indicative of what England will face in the quarter-final of the World Cup this weekend.

Both teams were wasteful in possession and guilty of the sort of poor finishing and unimaginative midfield play that had boos and whistles ringing around the St Petersburg stadium from as early as the 25th minute.

Berg did later hit the target with an effort that took an awkward bounce but Sommer produced a smart save to his right. "To experience this, to fire Sweden into a quarterfinal together with this group, it feels fantastic", said Forsberg.

With both teams attacking fiercely, none of them found the back of the net in first 30 minutes of the match.

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Then, in the 28th minute, a cross from the left reached Berg on the far side of the penalty box and his shot towards Sommer's bottom right hand corner was pawed away by the Switzerland 'keeper.

After a slow start, and Lustig's foul on Josip Drmic, Switzerland grew in confidence and should have scored when Blerim Dzemaili snatched at Steven Zuber's pull-back.

However, they had their pride to protect as they had already lost their first two games to Brazil and Serbia, but gave their all to ensure they finished with a point at the end of the group stage.

Even the goal had a fair bit of fortune about it.

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.

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

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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. By the time they faced Costa Rica in the final game, they knew what they needed to do; but a running theme throughout their campaign has been a lack of goals.

"We have a gameplan and they do not stray from it one millimeter", said Andersson of his team, aside making up for its lack of superstars - notably Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from global football after Euro 2016 - with unity and spirit. We know that we are a good team and that we have earned our successes.

"I think you'd have to ask everyone else that question".

Referee Damir Skomina's decision to award the late penalty against Lang looked correct at the time, but a review showed Olsson was just outside the box when he was tripped.

The ref blew full time and Sweden are through to the quarter finals.

"We have to be ready to play really from the get-go in such a way to have the initiative on our side", coach Vladimir Petkovic said Monday through an interpreter. "We also congratulate the Swedish team".

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