Sweden edge Switzerland to storm World Cup quarter-finals

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates scoring a goal

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates scoring a goal

During the opening stages of the game, both Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber failed to threaten with long-range strikes and Sweden nearly capitalised when Marcus Berg was played through on goal, only for the forward to slice a half-volley well wide of the target.

Switzerland's best opening led to Blerim Dzemaili shooting over.

Although they have picked up some impressive results to reach the last eight, they have shown little for England or Colombia to fear and look one of the weakest teams left in the competition.

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist was denied a third goal of the tournament from the penalty spot after referee Damir Skomina changed his decision in stoppage time, but he will not care after leading the team into the next round.

Nevertheless, just before the half-hour mark, Sweden nearly went in front through Berg but Switzerland stopper Yann Sommer made an excellent save to his right from a volley.

The Swedes eventually got the breakthrough though in the 66th minute after Emil Forsberg's strike from just outside the box took a deflection off Manuel Akanji and sailed into the back of the net, 1-0.

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This appears to be a very evenly-matched contest and the 2/1 (3.0) quote for extra-time and, potentially, penalty kicks being required to separate these sides could well prove popular with punters.

Manager Janne Andersson has few star names in his squad but has built a well-organised team who defend well, are hard-working and have a strong team ethic.

Mikael Lustig made headlines before this match by suggesting his team would try to get Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka sent off as they were aware of his poor disciplinary record, per the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson.

Josip Drmic, the latest front man to be given the nod after scoring in a somewhat trivial match against Costa Rica on the final game of group proceedings, remains the only striker in their ranks to net during their time in Russian Federation.

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.

It is Vladimir Petkovic's side who are favourites to come out on top in Tuesday afternoon, with dabblebet offering 13/8 (2.63) for a Swiss success inside 90 minutes. "We should have done things better, but we were not good enough to win this match". "We also congratulate the Swedish team".