By Isaac Ndou
MOSCOW: Sweden progressed to the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after edging Switzerland 1-0 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.
Sweden had the first chance of the game when Marcus Berg got to the end of a through ball but his effort failed to produce any results in the early stages of the game.
Sweden continued to give the Swiss problems and it was Berg again in the mix as he got a chance towards goal in the 28th minute but was denied by Yann Sommer.
Granit Xhaka unleashed a shot in the 33rd minute to test the goalkeeper and repeat his sensational goal against Serbia in the group stages but this time around, his shot went over the bar.
Moments later, Blerim Dzemaili got a chance to round off a good pattern of play from his side bit could only see his final product go over the bar to keep the scores at 0-0. Sweden could have gone to the break with the lead after Albin Ekdal got to the end of a cross but his effort went over the bar at 40 minutes of play and take the sides to halftime at 0-0.
The game continued in the second half and not many chances were created until Sweden took the lead in the 66th minute through Emil Fosberg who’s shot deflected on a Swiss defender and ended up in the back of the net. Switzerland pushed hard to get an equalizer but could not get anything out of their efforts as the Sweden defense remained solid to protect their 1 goal lead.
Things got worse for Switzerland towards the end of the game as they were reduced to 10 men when Micheal Lang took down Martin Olsson. That then confirmed the Swiss’ exit from the showpiece in Russia. Sweden will next play England in the quarterfinals of the World Cup following their progression. England beat Colombia on penalties later on the same day.