Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Sweden edge Switzerland to storm World Cup quarter-finals

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Lora Ball | 03 July, 2018, 20:53

They held Brazil to a 1-1 draw, came from behind to beat Serbia with a last-minute goal from Xherdan Shaqiri and then beat Costa Rica 2-1 to advance to the knockout game in St Petersburg.

Their next opponents would be foolish to take them lightly.

It was the third time in four games that Switzerland had conceded the opening goal.

However, it was Lustig who picked up the first booking of the match, and it was to prove a costly one as it rules him out of Sweden's quarter-final clash.

Both sides had been hampered by suspensions here too, with Switzerland more badly affected.

How he must be gutted at missing out on a World Cup quest with the trophy there for the taking.

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Switzerland snags a spot in the World Cup round of 16
And Ruiz was then denied the chance to end his worldwide career with a goal as his spot-kick flew in off Sommer's bonce. In the 2014 World Cup , Costa Rica exited unbeaten in open play after their first-ever quarter-final.

Marcus Berg forced a fine save from Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer in the 27th minute, and Albin Ekdal squandered an excellent chance when he volleyed over the bar from 12 metres out after getting on the end of a cross from Mikael Lustig.

But Forsberg arrived in Russian Federation shouldering the creative burden left by Ibrahimovic following his retirement two years ago, and the attacking midfielder's skills and slick movement stood out at St Petersburg Stadium. Switzerland didn't have a chance to get to the other end after the resulting free kick was saved.

Forsberg also produced a well-timed clearance in his own penalty area to preserve the advantage against a Switzerland side who finished with 10 men, defender Michael Lang seeing red after clipping the heels of Martin Olsson just outside the penalty area when the substitute was clean through on goal.

Sweden's goalkeeper Robin Olsen (left) and midfielder Emil Forsberg defend their goal during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Switzerland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 3, 2018.

Sweden were denied the chance to double their lead from the spot following Lang's late dismissal for taking out Olsson, with Sommer beating away Toivonen's driven free-kick after a lengthy delay - but one goal was enough for Janne Andersson's side to progress.

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