Sweden qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Russia by beating Switzerland 1-0 on Tuesday at the Christovski Stadium in St Petersburg in the sixteenth round of the tournament. Sweden, who won the match in the 66th minute, is credited with winning the win. Sweden booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the sixth time in its history after achieving the same achievement five times before in 1934, 1938, 1950, 1958 and 1994.
On the other hand, Switzerland failed to qualify for the quarter-finals for the third time in their history after having reached this stage of the tournament twice before in 1934 and 1954. Switzerland qualified for the knockout stage by finishing second in Group E with one victory and two draws. Sweden was in Group F with six points from two wins and one defeat.
The former have never met in the World Cup, but they have already played 28 friendly matches with 10 wins for Sweden and 11 for Switzerland in a seven-match draw. Sweden takes part in the World Cup for the 12th time and the most important achievement of the former team was ranked second in the 1958 edition.
Switzerland is in the World Cup for the eleventh time and the team won fourth place in 1934, 1938 and 1954. The match began with offensive attempts by the Swiss team in search of an early goal close to winning but without succeeding in the formation of any threat to the goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
The first risk came in the seventh minute with a powerful shot from Steven Zuber from the edge of the penalty area, but Olsen kept the ball steady. Marcus Berg could have opened the scoring for Sweden by the eighth minute after the ball had been set up just in front of the goal, but he shot the ball out of the net.
The first twenty minutes of the game was in the balance between the two teams but the advantage remained for the Swiss team, which relied on the penetration of the parties with the sending of cross-balls high, which exhausted the Swedish defense a bit.
In contrast to the progress of the game quite close to Marcus Berg to take a surprise goal to Sweden through a powerful shot from inside the penalty area, but Swiss goalkeeper Jan Sommer saved the ball brilliantly in the 28th minute. The Swiss team responded quickly with a long-range shot from the Chaka granite but the ball lost its way to the net.
Switzerland was very close to opening the scoring in the 38th minute after Stephen Zuber traded with Blermém Gimaili before the latter fired a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area, but the ball went straight past the goal.
Five minutes from the end of the first half, Sweden almost came up with a friendly shot when Emile Forsberg hit a free kick from the edge of the box to hit the body of Gemaili and come out right along the goal.
There was a solid chance for the Swedes three minutes from the end of the first half after Albin Ikdal received a superb pass in front of the goal directly from Michael Lustig, but rushed to pay to miss a golden opportunity for his country.
There was nothing new in the final minutes to end the first half with a draw. The Swedish team began the second half in a different form, which dominated the course of the game in the first minutes, but without real danger to the goalkeeper Sumer.
The first quarter-hour of the second half saw no real chances for the goal but the advantage was in favor of the Swedish team, which controlled the area of the maneuvers in the middle of the pitch with the team’s penetration from depth but failed to reach the Swiss net.
Sweden took the lead in the 66th minute after a quick counter-attack ended with a pass from Ola Toivonen to Emile Forsberg, who shot a shot to hit the foot of Manuel Akanji and change direction into the net. Ricardo Rodriguez almost equalized for Switzerland with a powerful shot from outside the box but Robin Olsen kept the ball firmly in the net.
The surprise Swedish goal sparked the enthusiasm of Switzerland’s players, with the team making successive attacks on the opposing goal but the players lacked precision in the final touch. Team coach Vladimir Petkovic has made two changes to his team, including Bristol Empole and Harris Seferovic instead of Blair Gemayel and Steven Zuber.
The Swiss team’s most dangerous opportunity was lost in the 79th minute after a right-footed corner by Brill Impole with a header but Forsberg shot the ball off the line. Sweden coach Jan Anderson responded with two changes eight minutes before the end of the game by involving Martin Olson and Emile Kraft instead of Emile Forsberg and Michael Lustig.
In stoppage time, Sweden goalkeeper Olsen saved his goal from an inspired goal and brilliantly beat a powerful header from Harris Seferovic after receiving a neat pass from Ricardo Rodriguez. Switzerland ended the match with 10 men after Michelle Lang was sent off for grabbing Martin Olson on his way to score Sweden’s second goal.