Switzerland were crushed in the Round of 16 by Sweden to face ouster from the FIFA World Cup 2018. Vladimir Petković’s men dominated in the first half but Forsberg’s effort in the 66th minute put the Scandinavians in the front. The first-half was goalless with Swiss being not able to find the net despite having more possession.
The Swiss had a 64% possession throughout the game but they were not able to create space between Sweden’s defenders.
This was the first-ever meeting between Sweden and Switzerland at FIFA World Cup, although they have had face-off 28 times previously.
According to reports coming in from Russia, Boos and whistles dominated the game after the 25th minute as both the Swedish and Swiss fans were left irate by the absence of quality and attacking attitude on the field.
The teams went into the interval without a goal, with Sweden just behind the Swiss in terms of missing the chances.
Switzerland came to life after the goal but even then the efforts were not enough to put Sweden on their back.
A match-turning moment came when the Swiss were awarded the penalty, an equaliser at that time could’ve pushed the game into a penalty shootout, but the referee changed his decision after consulting the video assistant to a free kick which was saved by Sommer
Sweden have been lucky with Germany’s fallout and Mexico’s late collapse to have put them on top of Group F, but Switzerland paved their way to finish 2nd behind tournament favourite Brazil.
Sweden will face either England or Colombia in the quarter-finals.