Saint Petersburg, July 3: Sweden are through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 after a deflected goal from Emil Forsberg clinched a 1-0 win over Switzerland.
The first meeting between the nations at a major tournament simmered for 65 minutes in St Petersburg until Forsberg's fortunate strike handed Sweden a crucial lead.
The RB Leipzig playmaker's tame effort was heading straight at Yann Sommer until Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot, sending the ball looping beyond his wrong-footed goalkeeper.
Forsberg also produced a well-timed clearance in his own penalty area to preserve the advantage against a Switzerland side who finished with 10 men, defender Michael Lang seeing red after clipping the heels of Martin Olsson just outside the penalty area when the substitute was clean through on goal.
Referee Damir Skomina initially gave a penalty deep into stoppage time before VAR intervened, though the change of decision made no difference to the final outcome of the contest.
The only disappointment for Sweden was a first-half booking picked up by Mikael Lustig, ruling the defender out of a last-eight clash against either Colombia or England in Samara on Saturday.
Sweden edge Switzerland to book quarter-final meeting with England
Full Time: Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Emil Forsberg's lone goal dumps Switzerland out of the World Cup and leads Sweden to the quarter-finals.
Lang is sent off as he was the last man when he made the foul. He trudges off, head in his hands.
Three minutes added on for Switzerland to save themselves. Can they respond?
Under five minutes plus added on time to go and as it stands Switzerland are headed out, while Sweden will move to the quarter-finals where they could meet England or Colombia.
82' Time for Sweden to make their changes as the goal-scorer Forsberg makes way for Martin Olsson and Emil Krafth replaces Mikael Lustig.
Under ten minutes to play and Switzerland have started to knock on Sweden's goal. But, they seem to have left it too late.
Switzerland look to the bench in search of a goal and bring on Breel Embolo for Zuber. While Seferovic replaces Dzemali.
66' GOAL!! Forsberg gives Sweden the lead via a deflected attempt from outside the box.
Emil Forsberg has finally grown into the game and that is good news for Sweden. The RB Leipzig playmaker wins a free kick and Switzerland's Behrami picks up a yellow for the challenge.
54' Flurry of corners for Switzerland but they fail to make use of them all.
49' Chance for Sweden early into the half but Toivonen fires over, Switzerland survive.
Switzerland get the ball rolling in the second half with a view to score within the 90 mins.
The Stats for the match shows Switzerland have had most of the possession, but Sweden have equal number of attempts. Will we see a goal in this half or are headed into extra time?
Half-Time: Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 That was one entertaining half, but it lacked goals. Both sides have had many chances to put their sides up with Ekdal and Berg missing a couple of chances for Sweden. While, Zuber and Dzemali failed to convert their chances as well.
One minute added on and both sides will be hoping the half-time break can get them firing in the second.
41' Sweden take a free kick from a promising area and the shot deflects of the Swiss defence for a corner. Ekdal wastes another chance for Sweden.
34' Xhaka fancies a shot from 40 yards out, it just goes over. He is very capable of those long rangers.
30' Mikael Lustig of Sweden receives the first booking of the match. He will miss the next game, if his side progress.
28' SAVE!!! Berg again for Sweden but Sommer does well to save for Switzerland.
Switzerland's attempts to play out from the back led by Xhaka have failed so far, with Sweden pressing to deny them time and space.
14' Shaqiri the standout player for Switzerland fails to find the final ball as he can't find Drmic with the cross.
The two changes at the back for Switzerland may have destabilised the defence. Sweden, however have failed to take their chances.
9' Marcus Berg squanders a couple of chances for Sweden, Switzerland are being very casual in defence.
MISS! An early slip by a Swedish defender gifts the ball to Switzerland high up the field, and it's switched to Shaqiri who blasts an ambitious effort from distance wide of the near post.
Sweden get us under way in St Petesrburg.
The Swiss got into the last-16 clash having finished runners-up to Brazil in Group E. While, the Swedes finished top of Group F despite losing to defending champions Germany.
Switzerland come into this match with a phenomenal record, they have lost just one of their last 25 matches, but Sweden have not lost to the Swiss in their last three meetings.
The key battles tonight will be between Shaqiri and Granqvist. The Swiss winger has huge expectations on his shoulders.
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50 - This will be Sweden's 50th game at the World Cup finals; only Mexico (57) have played more without ever winning the competition. Bridesmaids. #SWE #SUI #SWESUI #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/KTcxapgduM— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2018
Switzerland make four changes to their side from the last game. Captain Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar are both suspended, meaning former Arsenal defender Djourou and Lang come into the side. Forward Gavranovic is replaced by Drmic, who makes his first start of the tournament, while Zuber comes in for Embolo.
Sweden head coach Jan Olof Andersson makes just one forced change to the team that beat Mexico, former Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson misses out due to suspension, and is replaced by Svensson.
Switzerland: Sommer; Lang, Djourou, Akanji, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Drmic
Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Svensson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen