A deflected shot from Emil Forsberg gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in a scrappy round of 16 match on Tuesday, sending the Swedes through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years.
The Europeans have in fact fired first-half blanks on three occasions now, against Brazil, Serbia and Sweden respectively; their only strike within the first 45 minutes came against minnows Costa Rica after the nation had already guaranteed their qualification to the knock-out rounds. The Swiss defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot but a deflection took the ball past the wrong-footed goalkeeper.
If England can make it through what many pundits believe will be the toughest test of their possible route to the final at the Otkrytiye Arena on Tuesday, they will face Sweden for the third time in the last five World Cups. The second match saw Sweden facing off against defending champions Germany in one of the matches of the World Cup as Sweden squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 as Toni Kroos scored the winning goal in the 5th minute of injury time to lose 2-1.
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That knocked Switzerland out of the tournament and keeps Sweden's World Cup dreams alive.
However, it is not just goals that Janne Andersson is expecting from his talisman, as Forsberg brings so much more to his game than just his final product. The winger picked up a pass on the edge of the penalty area and hit a low drive in the direction of Sommer.
Unfortunately for Switzerland fans, Petkovic's team talk inspiration failed to materialise as his side entered the second half without the same venom or verve they had demonstrated in their previous second-half appearances.
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Sweden went into their clash with Switzerland having topped Group F thanks to wins over Mexico and South Korea, but the Swiss also had reason to be confident after qualifying unbeaten from Group E. You can watch a Live Stream of the match via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
The team will have Sebastian Larsson back from a ban, however, and the holding midfielder should go straight back into the starting lineup. Then, in the second half, Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.
At the other end, Albin Ekdal was even closer, and completely free, when he sidefooted Lustig's cross over.
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Referee Damir Skomina's decision to award the late penalty against Lang looked correct at the time, but a review showed Olsson was just outside the box when he was tripped.