MOSCOW: Sweden have advanced into the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after defeating Switzerland 1-0 in their Round of 16 match at Petersburg on Tuesday.
The only goal was scored by Sweden’s midfielder Emil Forsberg on the 66th minute. The RB Leipzig star was heading straight at Yann Sommer, until Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot, sending the ball looping beyond his wrong-footed goalkeeper.
Forsberg also produced a well-timed clearance in his own penalty area to preserve the advantage against Switzerland.
Defender Michael Lang saw a red card after clipping the heels of Martin Olsson just outside the penalty area when the substitute was clean through on goal in extra time.
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 game.
The match at St. Petersburg was the 29th encounter between Sweden and Switzerland. Both won 11 matches and seven games ended in a draw. Sweden will next take on either Colombia or England in the quarter-finals. (With inputs from agencies)
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