Sweden edge Switzerland 1-0 to reach quarter-finals

Sweden edge Switzerland 1-0 to reach quarter-finals

Sweden edge Switzerland 1-0 to reach quarter-finals

Peter Schmeichel says Sweden's deflected goal which earned them a World Cup win over Switzerland and a place in the quarter-finals was "lucky", but added the Swedes won't mind how they booked their place in the last eight.

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.

Sweden had one attempt fewer on target, with the only difference being that one effort took a heavy deflection and wrong-footed Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to send the Swedes into the next round. The Swiss team dominated possession, had more shots (18 to 12), but just couldn't break through a stingy Swedish defense, as the yellow and blue move on to face either England or Colombia on Saturday.

The second half started in a similarly stultifying manner, with play bogged down in midfield and both sides looking to be inching inevitably towards extra time and a penalty shootout until Forsberg struck in the 66th minute to inject a flicker of life into the contest.

The heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally delivered for Sweden at the Fifa World Cup.

"So very unfortunate, very lucky for Sweden, they scored the goal, winning the game on that and now in the in the quarter-finals".

Sweden have reached the last eight just once since they were runners-up to Brazil on home soil in 1958, while 64 years have passed since Switzerland last graced the quarter-finals of this competition - when they were hosts.

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. They were without both Fabian Schaer and captain Stephan Lichtsteiner at the back, prompting Johan Djourou and Lang to come in.

The Swedes were limited but played to the strengths that got them past Italy in the two-leg World Cup playoff and to the top of a group containing defending champion Germany, Mexico and South Korea.

A low-quality match featured some of the worst finishing seen so far at the World Cup, and two efforts stood out. Switzerland didn't have a chance to get to the other end after the resulting free kick was saved.

Olsson was pushed in the back by Lang with only Sommer to beat in injury-time, with Skomina initially awarding a penalty but changing his decision to a free-kick after he consulted the replay.

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