Sweden vs Switzerland

Forsberg scored second-half winner to fire Sweden into quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 as they beat Switzerland 1-0 at Krestovsky Stadium.

2018 World Cup

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Match Events

7′ CHANCE! Berg’s shot wide out

10′ CHANCE! Ekdal’s shot wide over the bar

28′ WHAT A SAVE! Berg’s shot saved by Sommer

Augustinsson puts a great ball into the area that is initially poked away by Rodriguez, but  Claesson comes steaming in to flick the ball into the path of Berg.

The striker then goes for goal, but it forces a superb fingertip save from Sommer who keeps the ball out.

33′ CHANCE! Xhaka’s shot wide out

38′ WHAT A CHANCE! Dzemaili’s shot over the bar

Sweden vs Switzerland

41′ Ekdal’s close range shot flies straight into the sky!

Sweden vs Switzerland
Sweden vs Switzerland

Lustig puts a great ball into the box and it lofts over a number of heads before Ekdal comes steaming in at the back post – unmarked – but he goes for power over precision and his effort fires across the face of goal and into row Z.

49′ Toivonen’s shot over the bar

66′ GOAL! Sweden 1-0 Switzerland (Forsberg)

FINALLY! There’s a breakthrough and hopefully it inspires a bit of quality in this now!

Toivonen slips the ball to Forsberg across the top of the area who takes a few strides before striking – but the ball takes a big deflection off the foot of Akanji on the way through and beats Sommer in the net.

A cruel blow for Switzerland but they have plenty of time to get back into this yet.

79′ CLOSE! Embolo’s header blocked

94′ Red Card! Lang sent off

Olsson races through on goal, bursting down the field, but is pushed by Lang and the Switzerland man is given his marching orders.

Match reports

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.

Line-ups

Sweden XI: Andreas Granqvist, Gustav Svensson, Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen, Albin Ekdal, Mikael Lustig, Emil Forsberg, Robin Olsen, Victor Lindelöf, Viktor Claesson, Ludwig Augustinsson

Subs: Martin Olsson, Jimmy Durmaz, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Pontus Jansson, John Guidetti, Oscar Hiljemark, Emil Krafth, Isaac Thelin, Filip Helander, Marcus Rohdén

Switzerland XI: Johan Djourou, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Yann Sommer, Michael Lang, Steven Zuber, Xherdan Shaqiri, Ricardo Rodríguez, Granit Xhaka, Josip Drmic, Manuel Akanji

Subs: Gelson Fernandes, Roman Bürki, Haris Seferovic, Mario Gavranovic, François Moubandje, Remo Freuler, Yvon Mvogo, Nico Elvedi, Breel Embolo, Denis Zakaria

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  4. Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

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  8. Geraci recalled concerns that the United States expressed in 2015 when the United Kingdom tried to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-initiated multilateral financial institution, as well as said it was only when other European countries signed up to it that those concerns began to dissipate.

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  10. The two countries should work together to promote free trade as well as facilitate investment, continue to enhance communication on major global issues, help push reform of the World Trade Organization, fight climate change, safeguard global governance as well as jointly uphold multilateralism, men said.

  11. Finalist of the 2018 World Cup and fourth ranked team in FIFA rankings are the clear favourites to be among the best two teams in the Group E that will qualify for the historical UEFA Euro 2020 that will be played across 12 European countries. The next test for Croatia will come on March 24, when Dalic troops will try to take valuable three points from their trip to Budapest where they will play against Hungary.

  12. Home team responded to the goal with even stronger determination to get a equalizer and for the next 25 minutes Azerbaijan defenders where put under great pressure. Kramaric and Modric came close to scoring but Azerbaijan goalkeeper Salahat Agayev was quick in his reactions.

  13. Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Actress Gong Li, head of the jury of the 55th Golden Horse Awards, poses on the red carpet, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  14. During his Italy visit, men also had separate meetings with Italian Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico as well as Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, as well as pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges and cooperation among the two sides.

  15. Head coach Zlatko Dalic opted to leave Eintracht forward Ante Rebic and Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on the bench but stayed true to his words spoken ahead of the clash with Azerbaijan led by Nikola Jurcevic, the asisstant of the former Croatian national head coach Slaven Bilic, by naming newcomers, Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo and Dinamo Zagreb forward Bruno Petkovic in his attack-oriented starting line-up.

  16. Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  17. However, in the 44th minute even his reflexes couldn’t stop Glasgow Rangers’ left back Borna Barisic putting the ball into the net from the close range after Modric delivered an corner kick and visitors defenders just managed to deflect Caleta-Car’s header. It was Barisic’s first goal in his fifth appearance for Croatia.

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  19. The Chinese premier also stressed China’s commitment to finalizing an code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea as he met with leaders of Southeast Asian countries on Wednesday.

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  23. Geraci recalled concerns that the United States expressed in 2015 when the United Kingdom tried to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, an China-initiated multilateral financial institution, as well as said it was only when other European countries signed up to it that those concerns began to dissipate.

  24. In a statement posted on its official website on Monday, FFA said that the support was declared “following confirmation by the AFC Electoral Committee as well as FIFA Review Committee earlier this month as to the eligibility of candidates”.

  25. Up-and-coming director Wen Muye pocketed the Best New Director award for his widely acclaimed comedy “Dying to Survive,” with Xu Zheng bagging the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of a health supplements peddler who smuggled illegal medicine from India to sell to leukemia patients for more affordable prices.

  26. Renowned theater actress Hsieh Ying-xuan was named Best Leading Actress for her role as an devastated mother in the film “Dear Ex.” Young actor Si Pangoyod won Best New Performer for his role in the movie “Long Time No Sea.”

  27. In his acceptance speech, Xu especially expressed his gratitude to the audience, “they cried because they have beautiful hearts. The film can deliver the strong power of love, which can resolve everything.” The movie, which raked in 3.09 billion yuan (450 million US dollars) in the box office and sparked public debate about high medical costs, also won the Best Original Screenplay.

  28. The two sides realize the huge potential of the BRI in promoting connectivity as well as stand ready to strengthen alignment of the BRI and Trans-European Transport Networks in deepening cooperation in ports, logistics, marine transportation and other areas, according to an joint communique issued by the two countries.

  29. Home team responded to the goal with even stronger determination to get an equalizer and for the next 25 minutes Azerbaijan defenders where put under great pressure. Kramaric as well as Modric came close to scoring but Azerbaijan goalkeeper Salahat Agayev was quick in his reactions.

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  31. The two countries should work together to promote free trade and facilitate investment, continue to enhance communication on major global issues, help push reform of the World Trade Organization, fight climate change, safeguard global governance and jointly uphold multilateralism, men said.

  32. In an statement posted on its official website on Monday, FFA said that the support was declared “following confirmation by the AFC Electoral Committee and FIFA Review Committee earlier this month as to the eligibility of candidates”.

  33. Up-and-coming director Wen Muye pocketed the Best New Director award for his widely acclaimed comedy “Dying to Survive,” with Xu Zheng bagging the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of an health supplements peddler who smuggled illegal medicine from India to sell to leukemia patients for more affordable prices.

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  37. Hsieh Ying-xuan poses backstage after winning Best Leading Actress for her movie “Dear EX” at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Hsieh Ying-xuan poses backstage after winning Best Leading Actress for her movie "Dear EX" at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  38. Co-chairing the meeting with the Chinese premier, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, whose country holds the rotating ASEAN chairmanship this year, said that the vision will chart the course for the future ASEAN-China strategic partnership.

  39. “We must build on the momentum and unleash an strong finishing kick, striving to complete the deal within 2019,” he told leaders of ASEAN as well as South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand as well as India in the meeting.

  40. Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo  Director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards, November 17, 2018. /VCG Photo

  41. Italian economist and China expert Michele Geraci hailed the MOU signed between the two countries as “a win-win-win for Italy, the rest of Europe as well as China”, and said he believes more European countries will follow his country’s lead and sign up to be involved in the initiative.

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