Sweden wins scrappy Swiss encounter to reach quarterfinals

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They share an ability to conjure something out of nothing on a soccer field, though, as Forsberg showed in leading Sweden into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years.

During the opening stages of the game, both Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber failed to threaten with long-range strikes and Sweden nearly capitalised when Marcus Berg was played through on goal, only for the forward to slice a half-volley well wide of the target. England have made it through to the quarter-finals after surviving a dramatic penalty shootout against Colombia.

Marcus Berg was guilty of missing some glorious chances for Sweden, who looked toothless in attack.

After a goalless first half, a deflected effort from Emil Forsberg got the job done for Sweden, who reach the last eight of this tournament for just the second time since 1958.

It was not the most compelling Round of 16 tie, but Sweden will not mind one bit as progress past the second round of the competition for the first time since 1994.

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There had been little between the sides throughout the 90 minutes.

The closest they came was a Haris Seferovic header well saved by Robin Olsen in second half stoppage time, but for all their willingness to throw numbers forward, they still never really got in behind Sweden's defense.

A tight last 16 match was opened up by Forsberg in the 66th minute, when he found some space on the edge of the area and fired in a low drive which Yann Sommer would have fielded, but Manuel Akanji deflected it into the other side of the goal.

After a slow start, and Lustig's foul on Josip Drmic, Switzerland grew in confidence and should have scored when Blerim Dzemaili snatched at Steven Zuber's pull-back.

David Hytner's match report from the St Petersburg Stadium will follow.

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Johan Cruyff famously remarked that 'there is only one ball, so you need to have it, ' but Andersson has set his team up so that possession is not necessary in all circumstances, instead he prioritises his side on a well-drilled structure that frustrates the opposition without having the ball.

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.

"We've worked this way throughout, we're continuing the same way, and what other teams and countries think about that is not terribly interesting".

"We know that we're a good team, we've earned our successes".

The referee initially gave a penalty but changed his decision to a free-kick after a review. "We should have done things better, but we were not good enough to win this match". "We also congratulate the Swedish team".

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