- Emil Forsberg's deflected strike was all Sweden needed to overcome Switzerland 1-0
- The encounter was the first time both countries were meeting in a major tournament.
An Emil Forsberg deflected strike on the 66th minute mark was all Sweden needed to overcome hard-fighting Switzerland 1-0 during Tuesday’s last 16 clash at Saint Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium.
The encounter at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, was the first time both countries were meeting in a major tournament.
It was an encounter both side could have won if they have taken advantage of their goal-scoring opportunities that came their way.
However, neither side found the Sweden and Switzerland battled to 0-0 draw at the end of the first half despite numerous scoring chances created by both teams right from the start.
On the 2nd minute, Ludwig Augustinsson's header was cleared out of danger comfortably by Swiss defence line.
Three minutes later, Switzerland failed to take advantage of a goal opportunity but failed to convert but have lost just one game in their last 25 games.
On the 8th minute, another goal scoring chance was presented to Sweden No. 9, Marcus Berg but he blasted wide the ball from the top of Swiss vital area with only keeper Yann Sommer to beat.
At the 13th minute mark, Sweden continued making regular incursions into Switzerland vital area, but the Scandinavian nation failed to convert.
Switzerland, on their part equally wasted another goal scoring opportunity from Xherdan Shaqiri's cross-in, but Valon Behrami failed to connect in front of the goal.
On the 21st minute Shaqiri delivered another long cross-in, but it was calmly collected by Sweden keeper Robin Olsen.
Indeed, the first 30 minutes of the match was characterized by catalogue of misses from both sides as scores stood at 0-0.
Sweden's compact display and counter-attacking yielded results after 66 minutes. Emil Forsberg went past Granit Xhaka and released a shot that deflected off Akanji.
Sweden are now waiting to see the winner in the contest between England and Colombia. That match comes off later in Tuesday.
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