Russia 2018: Forsberg strike sends Sweden into last eight

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Sweden’s Emil Forsberg (middle) celebrates after opening the scoring. Photograph: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Sweden will play either England or Colombia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup after defeating Switzerland in a strangely compelling but untidy tie in St Petersburg.

Emil Forsberg struck the decisive blow midway through the second half with a shot that deflected off the luckless Manuel Akanji and left Yann Sommer stranded in the Swiss goal.

Sommer had brilliantly clawed away a shot on the turn from Marcus Berg in the first half and denied Haris Seferovic late on but it was undoubtedly a game that was more about missed opportunities than good saves.

Both sides were guilty of squandering good openings - and Switzerland ended it with 10 men after Michael Lang was dismissed in injury time for a push on Martin Olsson, who was clean through on goal.

The referee initially gave a penalty but changed his decision to a free-kick after a review.

That will not bother the Swedes, who have reached the last eight of this competition for the first time since 1994.

Sweden finished ahead of the Netherlands in their qualifying group and then defeated Italy in a play-off tie to reach the World Cup. Once here they finished top of a group that included champions Germany. - BBC