Sweden 1 Switzerland 0: Forsberg’s the hero in St Petersburg

Swedes will face England in the World Cup quarter-finals

Emil Forsberg Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 World Cup last 16
Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg celebrates his goal against Switzerland
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Sweden 1 Switzerland 0

Sweden have qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1994, with a cagey 1-0 win against Switzerland.

Emil Forsberg scored the winning goal after 66 minutes, when his shot was deflected in off the foot of defender Manuel Akanji.

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Switzerland, the world No. 6 in the Fifa rankings, started as favourites against Sweden, who are placed 24th. Both sides had plenty of chances to make the breakthrough before Forsberg’s winner, but were unable to keep calm in front of the goal.

According to the BBC, there were 30 shots during the match but only seven were on target.

There was more drama in the final minute when Sweden counterattacked and Martin Olsson raced clear. Michael Lang brought Olsson down and a penalty was given, but following a review by the video assistant referee (VAR), a free kick was then awarded. Lang got a red card for the foul.

Sweden will now play England in the World Cup quarter-finals.

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