Sweden, Gustav Svensson advance to quarterfinals with win over Switzerland

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The Seattle Sounders midfielder helped lead Sweden to the quarterfinals on Tuesday, beating Switzerland 1-0 in Saint Petersburg.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter as Sweden & Switzerland face off for a place in the quarter finals.

Shy and understated, the 26-year-old Forsberg couldn't be more different than the larger-than-life Ibrahimovic, who ruled the Sweden team for more than a decade and was the greatest player the country ever produced.

Both teams were wasteful in possession and guilty of the sort of poor finishing and unimaginative midfield play that had boos and whistles ringing around the St Petersburg stadium from as early as the 25th minute.

His goal was scruffy, though.

But after 66 minutes the breakthrough came when Forsberg found space on the edge of the area, received a square pass and saw his scuffed strike clip off Akanji and sail high beyond Sommer.

"You have to feel really sorry for (Manuel) Akanji, who deflected the ball past Yann Sommer", Schmeichel said.

Sweden has reached the knockout stage at each of their last four World Cup appearances. "To experience this, to fire Sweden into a quarter-finals together with this group, it feels fantastic", said Forsberg.

They rallied before the end but it was too little too late and Michael Lang was sent off in added time for a push on Martin Olsson as he raced clear.

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Switzerland was fortunate to still be alive at that point. Vladimir Petkovic's side will be missing key defenders Fabian Schaer and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Striker Marcus Berg was the biggest culprit, spurning two openings in quick succession, while Albin Ekdal volleyed over with the goal at his mercy.

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. Their build-up play was sloppy, with the best effort falling to Remo Freuler with a late header that was saved by Robin Olsen.

Sweden's goal came via a deflection and Switzerland rarely looked like scoring after going behind.

Lustig dragged a long-range attempt in the first half sideways and it went out for a throw-in.

There was another success for the video assistant referee.

Referee Damir Skomina initially gave a penalty deep into stoppage time before VAR intervened, though the change of decision made no difference to the final outcome of the contest.

It didn't matter, though.

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