As it happened: Sweden progress to the last-eight thanks to Forsberg's effort

As it happened: Sweden progress to the last-eight thanks to Forsberg's effort

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That's all from me this afternoon. I've been Ninad Barbadikar, thanks a lot for joining meand make sure you stay with us here at VAVEL UK for the latest post-match coverage and all the reaction from Russia. Join us later for Colombia vs England here.

Petkovic's men did all they could but they just couldn't get the ball past a solid Olsen and Sweden's lion in defence, Granqvist. This Swedish side may yet have a bigger test waiting for them in the quarter-finals in the form of either England or Colombia, who play later today.

Sweden have progressed to the last eight! Andersson's men have done it! Swiss hearts broken here in Russia, however, Sweden's defensive solidity has seen them through here at St.Petersburg. Forsberg's effort, in the end, was enough for them, as they missed a plethora of chances to take the lead earlier in the game.

FULL-TIME: SWEDEN 1-0 SWITZERLAND!

95' - Sweden now have the chance to either waste time or to double their lead, it might not matter at all.

VAR RULES NO PENALTY! DECISION OVERRULED!

Looks like VAR is going to check the referee's decision here, this might not be a penalty for Sweden after all.

A RED CARD FOR MICHAEL LANG WHO IS SENT OFF BY THE REFEREE FOR HIS CHALLENGE ON OLSSON.

PENALTY TO SWEDEN! OLSSON FOULED IN THE BOX! 

91' - Seferovic's header saved by Olsen! A brilliant cross from Rodriguez is well met by the forward, whose header is saved by a relieved Olsen in the Sweden goal.

THREE MINUTES ADDED TIME!

89' - Final change for Sweden as Berg comes for Isaac Kiese Thelin, another hero of the U-21 Sweden side of three years ago that achieved glory.

87' - A beautiful cross-field ball to Olsson yields very little for Sweden, however, Andersson will not be worried as long as the score remains 1-0.

85' - Shaqiri's cross to the back-post is just not accurate enough in the end, and the Swiss lose good momentum once again in this game.

84' - Rodriguez's dangerous cross flicked behind by Augustinsson, who is lauded by Olsen in goal.

81' - Emil Krafth comes off for Mikael Lustig, who has put in an excellent display at right-back.

80' - Forsberg is replaced by Andersson, as he goes to a good ovation for Martin Olsson, a defensive change from the Sweden boss.

79' - While there was nobody to tap the ball into the net, the Sweden captain takes no chances with his clearance as Switzerland look to comeback once again at the World Cup.

GRANQVIST CLEARS OFF THE LINE! A LIFE-SAVING BLOCK!

78' - Another Swiss corner! Lang's shot is blocked by Augustinsson as Switzerland look for their precious equaliser.

77' - Lustig puts the ball behind for a corner, as Embolo threatens the Swedish defence with his pace and flair, just what Switzerland need to unlock this defence.

76' - Claesson looked for a penalty there, some decent build-up play there from Sweden, the passage of play ends up with a corner for the Swedes.

75' - Play is stopped here, as the young Akanji looks to be hurt from a clash with Toivonen in the air.

72' - Two changes from Petkovic, as Seferovic and Embolo come off the bench for Dzemaili and Zuber respectively. Quite the attacking options to bring off the bench for the Swiss side.

70' - The Swiss attacking the Sweden backline with all their might now, as Petkovic's men hope to find an equaliser against this dogged Swedish defence.

67' - The game should now open up as Switzerland will give it their all in this final phase of the game, as Sweden look to add to this late lead.

An unfortunate deflection from Manuel Akanji in the end, however, the goal will go to Forsberg, who scores his first goal at this World Cup.

FORSBERG SCORESSS!!! IT'S 1-0 TO SWEDEN!! SWEDEN HAVE LIFT-OFF IN ST.PETERSBURG!

Forsberg's free-kick does little in the end, as he runs it, straight into the wall.

63' - Another potentially dangerous Sweden counter-attack is stopped by Switzerland, this time by Behrami, who gives away a free-kick at the edge of the box, a dangerous position for the Swiss defence to concede from.

60' - It's been a quiet spell of possession for Sweden now, the match is missing that one special player who can change it all.

54' - Ekdal is down and it looks like a concern for Andersson's men here, he looks he's going to be okay, as he gets back up on his feet.

One corner after the other for the Swiss players, you have to feel they have to take advantage of one of these.

52' - Save by Olsen! A quickly taken set-piece there from Shaqiri and a cross into the box is punched away by the Swedish keeper.

51' - Rodriguez ventures into the box, his cross goes behind for a corner for Switzerland.

48' - TOIVONEN BLASTS OVER THE BAR NOW! ANOTHER CHANCE MISSED BY SWEDEN IN THIS GAME!

47' - Sweden begin the half with two set-pieces as Augustinsson's long-range set-piece and a throw-in do little to change the scoreline early on.

THE SECOND HALF BEGINS..

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Ekdal and Berg were presented with two very decent opportunities each in in the first half, however, their lack of composure has costed them an all-important lead. Forsberg's excellent runs down the right channel haven't been picked out by Berg, who has been a disappointment and will need to improve massively in the second half.

It's been a cagey affair so far, while Switzerland have impressed on the counter with Shaqiri and Rodriguez attacking from either side, it's Sweden who will feel they should have taken the lead ahead of the half-time whistle.

HALF-TIME: Sweden 0-0 Switzerland.

45' - A handball from Zuber in the Sweden box ends the first-half.

ONE MINUTE ADDED TIME!

44' - Shaqiri's set-piece is well saved by Olsen as the Swiss have impressed in phases, however, the Swedes have been the far more wasteful side so far.

A beautiful cross from Lustig finds Ekdal at the far-post, who somehow fails to convert from so close to Sommer's goal. 

40' - EKDAL BLASTS IT OVER THE BAR! ANOTHER CHANCE GOES BEGGING FOR SWEDEN!

39' - Forsberg's deflected free-kick produces a scare for Switzerland, the Swedes get a corner late in the first half.

The Swiss with some impressive build-up play down the right from a Rodriguez throw in, however, Dzemaili's lack of composure means that the game remains 0-0.

38' - DZEMAILI BLASTS THE SHOT HIGH AND WIDE!

35' - The possession largely in favour of Switzerland as expected, as half-time closes in, Sweden will feel they should've been in the lead after a few close chances for them.

33' - Xhaka lets fly from range! Not a bad effort from the Arsenal midfielder!

30' - The first yellow of the game goes to Lustig, a tackle on Drmic is punished by the referee, interesting opportunity for a set-piece here for the Swiss.

28' - That was a shot destined for goal from Berg, quite an astute save in the end from Gladbach keeper Sommer.

27' - SOMMER DENIES BERG! AN EXCELLENT SAVE FROM THE SWISS KEEPER TO DENY THE SWEDEN NO.9!

23' - Zuber's missed header ends a run of play which saw another Sweden counter-attack blocked off by a foul on Forsberg, Switzerland have been adventurous in attack, while also preventing any ventures into their defence by the Swedish midfield.

19' - Dzemaili and Drmic's movements into the box have confused the Sweden defence a bit, both of them seem to be moving in turns and causing trouble as well.

18' - The game seems to have settled down now, with the Swiss looking to keep the ball and the Swedish side remaining organised as ever in their structure.

14' - Shaqiri's excellent crosses have been a menace in this early part of the game for Sweden, who have been unable to capitalise on the opposition's mistakes at the back.

10' - Dzemaili gets in behind as he tries to latch onto a beautiful ball from Shaqiri, however, Olsen has things under control.

8' - Ekdal blasts it! The Swiss defence is the one under pressure now, chance after chance comes Sweden's way after a poor pass from Sommer's goal-kick. 

The Swedes found a way behind the Swiss backline thanks to a good pass from Toivonen, however, Berg misses a golden opportunity to take the lead!

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR BERG! MISSES IT!

7' - Zuber cuts inside onto his right boot and tries to test Olsen, however, his tame shot is comfortably saved by the keeper.

6' - Sweden were under immense pressure, but Claesson triggered a potential counter-attack, however, the Swedes lost momentum all too quickly.

4' - A Swedish counter-attack is blocked by Dzemaili who fouls Forsberg to prevent any rapid movements.

3' - Xhaka does well to switch the play to the right hand side where Lang and Shaqiri are showing a good understanding.

2' - Claesson's throw-in doesn't work out quite as expected, as Zuber presses the Swedish backline, however, Lindelof is in charge on the situation.

The first foul of the game from Xhaka on Toivonen, a good set-piece opportunity beckons for the Swedes in the first few minutes.

1' - The Swiss start on the front foot, as Shaqiri attempts to test Olsen from range.

KICK-OFF! Sweden start the game!

The teams are walking out of the tunnel, both sets of fans in full voice as kick-off approaches!

We're about 45 minutes from kick-off, so you have the time to get what you need for the game, don't forget to return in time for the match coverage!

As for Sweden, a largely unchanged eleven, as Svensson comes in for the suspended veteran Seb Larsson in midfield. Andersson's men will look to produce another solid display against a talented Swiss side who will give it their all to make it to the final 8.

Switzerland replace Lichtensteiner and Schar with Lang and Djourou in defence. The latter's experience will be important in this knockout tie, while Lang will look to provide better support to Shaqiri down the right with his industrious runs.

Switzerland - Sommer - Lang, Akanji, Djourou, Rodriguez - Xhaka, Behrami(C) - Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri - Drmic.

Sweden - Olsen - Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson - Ekdal, Forsberg, Svensson, Claesson, Berg, Toivonen.

TEAM NEWS IS IN!

Welcome back. We're just about twenty minutes away from learning who'd be playing in this all-important tie. Both sides are expected to be forced to make changes due to their suspension problems as Schar and Lichtensteiner will miss out for the Swiss, while Larsson will miss out for the Swedes today.

Both sides have been impressive in their efforts in Russia thus far. Sweden's defensive solidity without former legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has seen them progress beyond the group stage for the first time in 12 years. As for the Swiss national side, they made it unbeaten through a group that contained the likes of Brazil and Serbia.

Switzerland opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Tite's Brazil. While the Brazilians weren't on their best on the day, Vladimir Petkovic's men did well to earn the one point that they got from the game and went on to grab a culturally and historically victory against Serbia, which was followed by an entertaining 2-2 draw against Costa Rica.

Janne Andersson's men topped their group thanks to their greater goal-difference, just above Mexico in the group, who they beat 3-0 in the final game of Group F. It was a highly impressive performance from Andersson's men who have been thoroughly difficult to beat and very organised in their matches so far.

Sweden Captain Andreas Granqvist has been emphatic so far at the World Cup. His goals from the spot have helped his side do well in the group stage, while his influence on and off the pitch as a leader is quite evident, he will look to stop the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic from seeing much of the ball when the two sides meet.

Sweden's best finish at a World Cup has been 2nd, when they lost the final to a glorious Brazil side in 1958. Since then, the modern Swedish side has been largely quiet in their achievements, however, Ibrahimovic's retirement from the side seems to have done wonders for them. And now, for the first time in over 12 years, they have a chance to go beyond the round of 16.

Switzerland will count on their star man Xherdan Shaqiri to step up and trouble this stern Sweden defence. Along with the likes of Steven Zuber and the pace of Breel Embolo, he should have enough support in attack to feed the ball to Haris Seferovic, who will press the Sweden backline and cause problems whenever possible.

At the World Cup, Switzerland have never gone particularly far, their best finishes being reaching the quarter-final stage at three different tournaments in 1934, 1938 and 1954. This modern Swiss side has some great young talent in its squad and seems to be going in the right direction under Petkovic, what remains to be seen is if they can improve on the achievements of their predecessors.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Sweden vs Switzerland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The game is set to kick off at 3PM BST on a Tuesday afternoon at the Krestovsky Stadium. I, Ninad Barbadikar, will be providing live updates from start to finish. Keep following VAVEL for live updates.

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