Forsberg strike clinches Sweden win over Switzerland


Sweden's Emil Forsberg provided a rare moment of poise from a game badly in need of some inspiration to fire the Scandinavians into a first World Cup quarter-final for 24 years with the only goal against Switzerland on Tuesday.

The first meeting between the nations at a major tournament simmered for 65 minutes in St Petersburg until Forsberg's fortunate strike handed Sweden a crucial lead.

Forsberg broke the deadlock in the 66th minute through a low-ball shot which was deflected by Switzerland's Manuel Akanji in the goalpost.

There was drama in the last minute of stoppage time as Sweden substitute Martin Olssen went down inside the box after being pushed by Lang when clear on goal.

The referee initially pointed to the spot, only to overturn his original decision after consulting the VAR system. Sweden now await the victor of Colombia or England, with their quarter final to be played on Saturday.

He scored what turned out to be the match-winner, but Forsberg was crucial to the way Sweden played against a Switzerland side who dominated the majority of the possession.

Last time, the blue-eyed cat, who had made flawless predictions for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, was wrong when forecasting the outcome of a match between Nigeria and Argentina, and now the feline has to confirm his psychic powers.

Between them, Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg have had more than half of Sweden's shots on goal on Russian soil this summer - but neither man has yet found the net. They were worse than even we thought and if the victors aren't rolled out of Russian Federation by Gareth Southgate's team in the last-eight then England's revival under their new coach will have to have a sizeable asterix placed against it.

Afirman haber filmado a "Dios caminando entre las nubes"
En el material audiovisual, que dura tan solo unos segundos, se logra escuchar a la mujer decir, "Oye, tenemos una tormenta aquí". Un hombre señaló que encontró una señal divina y que filmó a Dios caminando entre las nubes durante una tormenta.

There can be no doubting Switzerland are good at what they do when playing to their strengths; they will continue to grow under the stewardship of Petkovic. A header would have been a much better option.

Both teams are chasing history when they meet in the all-important pre-quarter-final today. "The fact that they are staying on after the game, calling out and shouting my name, just makes you want to go out and thank them".

A speculative effort followed from midfield enforcer Granit Xhaka, while Blerim Dzemaili fired over on 38 minutes after neat link-up play with Zuber.

Embolo also threatened from a corner but Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist got back to block his header on the line before Robin Olsen kept out a Seferovic header.

The match was far from this month's best, destined not to be remembered amid an incredibly memorable World Cup, but Sweden will not care one iota.

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. We all work so hard for each other on and off the pitch.

"We're so focused on what we're doing right now that I don't think I'm taking any of this in".

"We're all very happy about the successes we have seen so far".