Emil Forsberg delivers, Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals

Mexico vs Sweden- Ekaterinburg Arena Yekaterinburg Russia

Sweden are on the verge of a first quarter-final since 1994 Credit Reuters

Sweden did not convert the kick, but scaled through and will play either England or Colombia in the quarter-finals.

Emil Forsberg's deflected second-half goal gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years.

As has been evident throughout the tournament, Sweden's physicality proved too much with another professional and resolute display sending them through.

"Sweden are a strong team but we didn't expect to be losing against them - but there were tiny details". Already, though, it has been a remarkable run.

Forsberg's dazzling form for Leipzig - reportedly good enough to have piqued the interest of Arsenal, Juventus and Atletico Madrid among others - comes in a team heavily influenced by the gegenpressing style.

"It is wonderful; we don't get that many opportunities". The call was quickly overturned with the help of VAR, calling for a free kick instead, and allowing Sweden to completely dominate the rest of the match. Eyes closed, he knew it represented a very presentable chance.

Sweden actually had the better of the opening 45 minutes in terms of chances, but poor finishing - and one stunning stop from Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer to deny striker Marcus Berg - meant it remained goalless at the break.

At the other end Granit Xhaka hammered one shot narrowly over before Blerim Dzemaili followed suit. He was seven yards out.

After Ola Toivonen blasted over for Sweden, the Swiss went on the rampage, winning four consecutive corners. Yet, on 66 minutes, they finally broke through.

It was fortunate, but no more than Sweden deserved.

And having not reached the last eight at the World Cup for 64 years, Switzerland were favourites to win a tie against supposedly limited opponents.

Their 10 corner nearly ended in a goal but Andreas Granqvist - the Rock of Sweden and best defender of the tournament - cleared the danger.

They finished the game with 10 men after right back Michael Lang was sent off in stoppage time for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson. In the end, it mattered little to Sweden.

Ten-man #SUI are knocked-out thanks to a deflected strike from @eforsberg10!

"It was not attractive football today from them", Shaqiri said. And I'm just so incredibly happy that we're getting the results. "It's a relapse into a time we thought we had left behind".

The match went to penalties with Colombia taking the lead on the fourth stage after a miss by Jordan Henderson, however, Mateus Uribe hit the post to keep England alive. I'm not really anxious about anything else at this stage.

"We have a gameplan and they do not stray from it one millimeter", said Andersson of his team, aside making up for its lack of superstars - notably Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from global football after Euro 2016 - with unity and spirit.

"If you start to lower the bar or the level of ambition, that's not going to make for satisfaction", he said. "That feels unusual - during the match I'm very much focused on the game", he said.

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