PREVIEW: Sweden To Face Switzerland In A World Cup Encounter

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By Isaac Ndou

MOSCOW: European sides Sweden and Switzerland will lock horns in the seventh 2018 FIFA World Cup last 16 fixture. 

Sweden won Group F with 6 points level with Mexico whom they beat 2-0 in their last group stages match. They also beat South Korea and lost to Germany in the process.
Their opponents on the afternoon Switzerland finished second in Group E with 5 points, two points behind group winners Brazil. They drew with Costa Rica and Serbia.
This will be the 29th time the two sides will be meeting but the amazing fact is that this will be the first ever time they’ll be meeting in a major tournament as the Euro’s and the World Cup finals.
Sweden has an unbeaten record against Switzerland in their last three previous meetings which they won once and drew twice. Their last match was back in 2002 and the victory Sweden got was back in 1994 in a Euro qualifiers match when English man Roy Hodgson was still the coach at the time. 
The winner in the encounter will join France, Uruguay, Russia, Croatia, Brazil, and Belgium who have already progressed to the quarterfinal stages. The last team to join will be either England or Colombia who will play later on Tuesday night. 
The two sides will lock horns at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday afternoon with kick off scheduled for 16h00.