Emil Forsberg’s deflected shot gave Sweden a 1-0 triumph over Switzerland in a dull World Cup round of 16 coordinate in St Petersburg on Tuesday, sending the Swedes through to a quarter-final against England.
Switzerland had the lion’s offer of possession yet were toothless in assault, and bowed out in discouraging style after enlisting four shots on target more than a hour and a half, none of which unduly tried Robin Olsen in the Swedish goal.
Boos and whistles rang around the St Petersburg stadium as right on time as the 25th minute, with both Swedish and Swiss fans alike left angry by the absence of value and assaulting verve in plain view.
The groups went into the interval secured a goalless stalemate, with Sweden pretty much shading their adversaries as far as the nature of the few clear possibilities made.
Marcus Berg constrained a fine save from Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer in the 27th minute, and Albin Ekdal squandered a brilliant shot when he volleyed over the banish from 12 meters out in the wake of getting on the finish of a cross from Mikael Lustig.
At the opposite end, Blerim Dzemaili squandered Switzerland’s most obvious opportunity when he fired over from 12 meters, while Xherdan Shaqiri had a horrible day at the office, sending a few slanting balls from the wing cruising over the heads of his mates.
The second half began in a comparatively stifling way, with play hindered in midfield and the two sides appearing to inch unavoidably towards additional time and a penalty shootout until the point that Forsberg struck in the 66th minute to infuse a glimmer of life into the challenge.
Getting a pass on the edge of the penalty zone, the RB Leipzig midfielder moved the ball to his correct foot and struck a low shot that redirected off Swiss defender Manuel Akanji’s foot and past the wrong-footed keeper.
Switzerland sprung up after the goal yet Sweden shielded forcefully and looked debilitating on the counter-attack.
They got through the Swiss cordon in additional time when the substitute Martin Olsson was discharged into space and cut down simply fresh.
The ref initially granted a penalty however then altered his opinion in the wake of counseling the video collaborator arbitrator (VAR) to grant a free kick, yet Sommer spared Ola Toivonen’s exertion.