World Cup last-16 match report Sweden v Switzerland 03 July 2018

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The RB Leipzig playmaker's tame effort was heading straight at Yann Sommer until Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot, sending the ball looping beyond his wrong-footed goalkeeper.

This was far from a classic at the Saint Petersburg Stadium and if Colombia or England's players were watching on from Moscow, they could be forgiven for feeling bullish about their prospects in the last eight.

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.

Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg (left) celebrates a goal next to Slovenian referee Damir Skomina during their 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Switzerland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 3, 2018.

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.

The heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic finally delivered for Sweden at the Fifa World Cup. "To experience this, to fire Sweden into a quarter-finals together with this group, it feels fantastic", said Forsberg.

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Emil Forsberg delivered the victor in the 66th minute when the RB Leipzig winger's shot from the edge of the penalty area was deflected past Yann Sommer.

Haris Seferovic forced Olsen into a save with a powerful header as three minutes of added time were signalled but in the final minute, Switzerland were reduced to 10 men as Lang was dismissed for a professional foul on Martin Olsson.

The initial decision of penalty was overturned in favour of a free kick just outside the area and, with the last action of the match, Toivonen's powerful strike was saved by Sommer.

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

Oscar Hiljemark or Gustav Svensson is expected to replace the suspended Sebastian Larsson.

Sweden went close again after a low cross out wide on the right found Albin Ekdal, but the latter hoofed over the top five minutes to halftime.

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