Sweden vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Sweden vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

Sweden vs. Switzerland - Football Match Report

England has eliminated Colombia after a 4-3 triumph in penalties, securing a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.

Ola Toivonen scored for Sweden in the 2-1 defeat against Germany in Group F and SportPesa go 7/1 (8.0) that Toivonen doubles his tally with the first goal of this game or 11/4 (3.75) that the Swede strikes at any time.

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.

Petkovic has been unable to identify a leading candidate to be his leading man in attack; Mario Gavranovic was given the task against Costa Rica, while Haris Seferovic started the first two group games.

Earlier, the World Cup last-16 match between Sweden and Switzerland was goalless at half-time in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, after a low-key opening 45 minutes.

With the game deadlocked, Forsberg found space on the edge of the area and his 66th-minute shot looped in off defender Manuel Akanji to set up a clash with either Colombia or England.

They were organised and obdurate, playing with a discipline that allowed them to frustrate the Swiss and try to strike on the counter.

Having helped boot reigning champions Germany out of the competition in the group stage, the Swedes have now disposed of what was the highest-ranked team left in the bottom-half of the draw.

Rather than let loose, both teams tightened after the interval, and Forsberg's goal came out of the blue. The only criticism is they should have had more to show for it.

A merry band of about a thousand yellow-clad Sweden fans stayed after the game, singing in a stand behind the goal and ignoring repeated requests from the stadium announcer to make their way out.

Before this game, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic dismissed suggestions that this is the weaker side of the draw.

Sweden had the opportunity to double their lead in the final minutes as a penalty was awarded after Michael Lang got sent off for barging over Martin Olsson in the area.

Both teams are chasing history when they meet in the all-important pre-quarter-final today.

The oracle cat confidently approached a bowl with food with Switzerland's flag at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, and ate the food. But they were caught out on Tuesday, their first plan didn't work and they had nowhere to go.

Sweden have reached the knockout stage in each of their last four World Cup appearances (in 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2018), athough they've only reached the quarter-finals once since 1958. "Over the past matches that I've seen with the Swedish team, all the opponents have had a hard time developing those emotions when they were on the pitch against them".

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.

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