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<p>Volkan Oezdemir's court case related to an alleged bar fight that was believed to have taken place in August of 2017 has finally reached a resolution. </p> <p>Oezdemir's fight schedule has been rather unstable this year, as he battled a charge of felony battery with great bodily harm in Broward County, Florida. The charge stemmed from an alleged bar fight in August of 2017, but Oezdemir pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.</p> <p>Oezdemir made a court appearance on Monday, July 9, where his case was dismissed.</p> <p><span>"</span>This morning (July 9, 2018), all criminal charges against Volkan Oezdemir were dismissed by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. The announcement of the dismissal (Nolle Pros.) was made in open Court in Ft. Lauderdale," Oezdemir's attorney, Bruce A. Zimet, told MMAWeekly.com on Monday.</p> <p>"Mr. Oezdemir will not make any statement or any additional comments concerning today’s events.<span>"</span></p> <p>Oezdemir (15-2) has fought once since the incident, losing to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 in Boston earlier this year. He has since been bounced around several fight cards due to travel restrictions stemming from his case. </p> <p><strong>TRENDING > <a href="https://www.mmaweekly.com/jon-jones-promises-hes-still-got-plenty-of-fights-left-in-him" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jon Jones Promises He’s Still Got Plenty of Fights Left in Him" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jon Jones Promises He’s Still Got Plenty of Fights Left in Him</a></strong></p> <p>Oezdemir had been scheduled to fight Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC Fight Night 129 on May 12 in Santiago, Chile, but the fight was moved to the UFC Fight Night 134 headliner scheduled for July 22 in Hamburg, Germany. Even that move didn't stick, even though it is now clear of his court case.</p> <p>Looking for a suitable opponent for Alexander Gustafsson's return to the Octagon, UFC officials determined that Oezdemir was the best placed opponent for the Swede. So they pulled the Swiss fighter from his bout with Shogun and moved him to UFC 227, where he will meet Gustafsson on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.</p>
Volkan Oezdemir Finally Clear of Felony Battery Charge

Volkan Oezdemir's court case related to an alleged bar fight that was believed to have taken place in August of 2017 has finally reached a resolution.

Oezdemir's fight schedule has been rather unstable this year, as he battled a charge of felony battery with great bodily harm in Broward County, Florida. The charge stemmed from an alleged bar fight in August of 2017, but Oezdemir pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

Oezdemir made a court appearance on Monday, July 9, where his case was dismissed.

"This morning (July 9, 2018), all criminal charges against Volkan Oezdemir were dismissed by the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. The announcement of the dismissal (Nolle Pros.) was made in open Court in Ft. Lauderdale," Oezdemir's attorney, Bruce A. Zimet, told MMAWeekly.com on Monday.

"Mr. Oezdemir will not make any statement or any additional comments concerning today’s events."

Oezdemir (15-2) has fought once since the incident, losing to light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 in Boston earlier this year. He has since been bounced around several fight cards due to travel restrictions stemming from his case.

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Oezdemir had been scheduled to fight Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC Fight Night 129 on May 12 in Santiago, Chile, but the fight was moved to the UFC Fight Night 134 headliner scheduled for July 22 in Hamburg, Germany. Even that move didn't stick, even though it is now clear of his court case.

Looking for a suitable opponent for Alexander Gustafsson's return to the Octagon, UFC officials determined that Oezdemir was the best placed opponent for the Swede. So they pulled the Swiss fighter from his bout with Shogun and moved him to UFC 227, where he will meet Gustafsson on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.

Rafael Nadal is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after a comfortable victory over world No 102 Jiri Vesely, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It is unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal, who has been through more injuries than he can count since the last time he got this far at Wimbledon in 2011. He goes on to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Gilles Simon. Man-mountain Vesely struggled whenever Nadal fought his way past the Czech's massive serve, and the Spaniard always looked more comfortable in the rallies. The result keeps alive dreams of a Roger Federer vs Nadal final, 10 years after what many consider to be the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. Both players are yet to drop a set yet in this year's tournament, but something will have to give eventually. As for Vesely, the fourth round at Wimbledon equalled his best performance at a grand slam, and he will look to build upon that at next month's US Open. 6:34PM Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Ace! He saves another and we're back at deuce. Advantage Vesely now. Wasted with an unforced error. Now another Match point Nadal. Rollercoaster. But that's match as Vesely goes wide with another unforced error on the forehand. Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 6:31PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal staring down the barrel of a first Wimbledon quarter-finals in seven years. Fans one step closer to a Fed Nadal final. 0-15 and Nadal brings it even closer. 0-30 with a stunning passing shot. Vesely has just struggled whenever Nadal brings him to the net. Nadal wide for 15-30. Not dead yet. Nadal misfires again with a wayward forehand that lets Vesely back into the game. 30-30. 40-30 and the Czech is still alive. A ti-break would favour him you feel. He smashes the net though for deuce. The grunting decibel levels have doubled in this game. The groaniest of grunts as Vesely sends a forehand wide. Match point Nadal! Saved with yet another huge serve. Match point again ... 6:24PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal hits a few sweet serves that Vesely barely touches and it's 40-0. A short rally and Nadal holds to love. Can he win it now. 6:22PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 4-4 Vesely (*next server) Nadal takes the first point as Vesely launches long. The next is not so easy and Nadal is pommeled into submission. 15-15. Chalk from Vesely! Nadal cutting a frustrated figure. He wants this to end. 30-15. Back level at 30-30 after Nadal manufactures a smash. All that work though, and Vesely just lands a huge serve that sets up a smash of his own. Nadal long and it's a Vesely hold. 6:16PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 4-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal tries to go through the legs but it doesn't make it over the net. 15-15. Oh super rally. Vesely just stands there by the net punching Nadal all over the court but the world No 1 somehow finds a way past him. Vesely then fluffs an easy drop and Nadal takes the game with a loud 'Come on!'...what happened to 'Vamos'? 6:12PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 3-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely now swaggering about the place and he lands an ace to back it up. Then he gets to confident and tries a drop shot that doesn't reach the net. Stick to your aces man. Nadal passes him, 15-30, he remembers what Vesely did to his water bottle. Now two break points Nadal. He's absolutely bottled it here. Show Ian Poulter again! Controversial ... a ball comes out of Vesely's pocket, during a rally and the point is called off. Never seen that before. Nadal takes it. Vesely's short time on top comes to an end. Nadal breaks 6:07PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-3 Vesely* (*next server) The crowd murmur in quiet disapproval as a Nadal forehand goes long for 30-15. He repays them with an ace. Ian Poulter is in the crowd, can Vesely channel his 2012 Ryder Cup heroics and launch a comeback? Wait, can he?! Vesely fights back to deuce and the crowd get behind him. Now it's break point Vesely, huge point. Nadal nets! Vesely breaks 6:02PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 2-2 Vesely (*next server) Steve Redgrave in the crowd. Never made it to the first round of Wimbledon but has five Olympics gold medals anyway. Nadal forces his way into 15-15 after sending Vesely the wrong way on a forehand. Vesely makes no mistake with a rocket serve for 30-15. Now 40-15 after Nadal's wrists almost crumble behind the force of more ridiculous serves. Game Vesely 5:58PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely interferes with Nadal's water bottle. Perhaps the biggest sin in tennis. He just knocks it down. Outrageous. Nadal is angry. He punishes Vesely by racing into a 40-0 lead. Vesely gets to 40-15 as briefly loses his water-bottle-inspired rage. Oh, it's back. Game Nadal. You have to make narratives where you can in a game like this. 5:55PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 1-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand so wide it looks like it was meant for someone else. Someone in the crowd shouts 'Go on Tim', which is surely now the oldest joke in sport. Vesely, in the meantime, holds to love. 5:52PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Is there anything left of Vesely? Nadal starts this one as he finished the last, racing into a 30-0 lead. Vesely with some minimal resistant and it's 40-15. Nadal looks almost offended that this match is still going. 40-30! Furious. Ace. Happy Nadal is back and he returns to his chair. 5:46PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal has lost six points on serve today, and three of them came during on game. Vesely goes 0-15 down. Is he struggling to believe? Oh boy, a double fault and it's 0-30. Is this the end of the big man? 0-40 with a tragically long forehand. Three set-points. The first is saved. Nadal looks to the skies. Second and he takes it. A comfortable set that, and Nadal looks on course for the quarters. Nadal takes the second set 6-3 5:43PM Nadal 6-3, 5-3 Vesely* (*next server) The umpire calls time and Nadal reluctantly accepts. Tennis just an afterthought to the fun he has playing with his water bottles. He's pretty good at the tennis stuff though, and shows it after smashing a cross-court forehand on a ludicrous angle. Just in. 40-0 before I even have a chance to look back at the screen. That's game. 5:40PM Nadal* 6-3, 4-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely wins the first point after the greatest rally Centre Court has ever seen. Just kidding, it's an ace. Nadal stops him in his tracks for 30-15. Another ace, 40-15. Another ace, game. 5:37PM Nadal 6-3, 4-2 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal takes what feels like years to serve, but finally he does, and it's an ace that has the Centre Court chalk bouncing all over the place. Vesely interrupts the next rally for a challenge, it's in! It's in, and Vesely apolgises, what a gent! Nadal ace for 40-15. An awful double fault gives Vesely hope, and he takes that hope and turns it into deuce. Opportunity knocks! Nadal looks off his rhythm in this one. His precious rhythm. Oh wait, his rhythm is back. A big smash gives him advantage, and then an outrageous cross-court backhand seals the game. 5:30PM Nadal* 6-3, 3-2 Vesely (*next server) These ball boys and girls are the bravest souls on earth. Luckily Nadal saves them with some nifty returns in this one and takes us to 0-20. Vesely in a bit of trouble. Now it's break point and all the early promise is slowly fading away. And a supreme Nadal return gives him a break to love. Wonderful. Nadal breaks 5:28PM Nadal 6-3, 2-2 Vesely* (*next server) A wonderful Nadal ace takes us to 40-15 as Vesely struggles to get involved in another of the Spaniard's service games. He takes the game. Easy. Smells like a tie-break already. 5:23PM Nadal* 6-3, 1-2 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand from the gods as Vesely belts a wide serve only to see it fly back past him. 30-30, can Nadal sneak a break point? No, nets, and Nadal is not happy with himself. Game Vesely who's starting to look a little brighter. 5:18PM Nadal 6-3, 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) A great rally ends in an unfortuante unforced error from Vesely. That's the best rally of the game though, as Nadal looks to make Vesely's enormous frame struggle. Game Nadal as he works his wet up to the net and Vesely doesn't bother running for a drop shot. 5:15PM Nadal* 6-3, 0-1 Vesely (*next server) Does Vesely have a plan B? He starts off with a serve, but Nadal takes us to 15-15 after forcing Vesely into another one of those troublesome rallies. Some big shouts from Vesely as we go 30-15 and Nadal misses a passing shot ... should've done better. 40-15 with a big serve. 40-30 and does Nadal have a look in here? No, game Vesely. 5:10PM Nadal 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal winning all the baseline rallies, and has capitalised when it matters on a odd poor Vesely service game. Another great rally and this time it's Vesely, who finds a way past Nadal from the baseline. Much better from Vesely as he takes Nadal into another bsaeline rally, but when it comes to the net Nadal seals it with a drop. And it's game as Vesely nets. Nadal takes first set 6-3 5:06PM Nadal* 5-3 Vesely (*next server) Nadal fights to make it 30-15, but Vesely sveres and volley his way to game point. The big man gets a lot of let service chords as the tennis ball just forces it's way over the net most of the time. He takes the game with an easy hold. 5:02PM Nadal 5-2 Vesely* (*next server) A rally! An actual rally! Nadal wins it though, and then seals with an ace. Another Nadal service game to love. 5:00PM Nadal* 4-2 Vesely (*next server) Vesely a bit of a one-trick pony at the moment, but his serve is causing Nadal a few problems, especially when the return comes short. A monster serve almost breaks Nadal's racket for 40-15. Repeat, and it's game. 4:56PM Nadal 4-1 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal races to 40-0 and that hardly constitutes a game. Vesely not doing enough on the Nadal serve at all. There are very few rallies in this one. 4:54PM Nadal* 3-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal is back on court two seconds before the umpire calls time. Scenes. Nadal gets his first point off the Vesely serve after the Czech faults, but Vesely follows up with a ridiculous ace. A massive second serve and it's 30-15. 113mph. Wow. Nadal basically in the crowd to receive this serve, but it works for 30-30. The pair exchange unforced errors for deuce, and Nadal somehow gets back a monster Vesely serve, which takes him by such surprise he whacks it ride. Break point. Double fault! Oh Dear. Nadal breaks 4:47PM Nadal 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely gets a point on the Nadal serve, and almost has two but Nadal sends a forehands past him at the net. Vesely then looks to pass Nadal but the two-time champion reaches it and takes us to 40-15. A cross-court forehand and it's game Nadal. 4:43PM Nadal 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) It's big. Nadal barely gets a racket on this game. Another hold to love. 4:42PM Nadal 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal kicks us off with a wonderful drop shot. Very nice indeed. Vesely finds the net. Then an ace. Vesely long. That was quick. Now let's see that Vesely serve. 4:39PM Nadal* 0-0 Vesely (*next server) Rafa to serve 4:35PM Nadal must behave Rafael Nadal warned twice for delays in the last round, as his pre-game, mid-game, post-game routines took a little too long for the umpire's liking. I remember having to take my watch off during Physical Education at school. Perhaps it's not Rafa's fault? 4:31PM Players emerge Here we go. Rafael Nadal an icon of concentration. Vesely waiting for him at the net ... surprise! 4:25PM Rafael Nadal takes to Centre Court 10 years ago, Wimbledon saw one of the greatest finals ever, as Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's remarkable run to claim his first title in five breathtaking sets. This year, there's talk of a rematch ... Both men raced into the last 16 without dropping a set, with Roger Federer now into the quarter-finals having faced his first break-point earlier today in a straight sets victory over Adrian Mannarino. The Swiss has been imperious even by his standards, but Nadal is keeping pace, and might be the only player equipped to stop Federer in his tracks. Although Nadal's spent a little longer on court, he is on the verge of his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, having managed to work up some early tournament momentum that has deserted him in the past, and the Spaniard will be a big favourite today. Rafael Nadal is battling to reach his first quarter-finals in seven years Credit: Action Plus The man standing in his way is Czech Jiri Vesely, world No 102, who's equaled his best ever showing at a Grand Slam by reaching the 4th round. He stands tall at 6 ft 6 inches and will look to exploit Nadal's relative 'weakness' on grass with some big serves that'll zoom off the Centre Court turf. But as we know, Nadal can hit a pretty sweet forehand himself, and will fancy himself as the rallies get longer. The two have played just once before, in 2015 in Hamburg, which Nadal took in straight sets. The world wants a Federer vs Nadal final, but don't start dreaming just yet. This won't be easy.
Rafael Nadal reaches first Wimbledon quarter-final in seven years after straight sets win
Rafael Nadal is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after a comfortable victory over world No 102 Jiri Vesely, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It is unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal, who has been through more injuries than he can count since the last time he got this far at Wimbledon in 2011. He goes on to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Gilles Simon. Man-mountain Vesely struggled whenever Nadal fought his way past the Czech's massive serve, and the Spaniard always looked more comfortable in the rallies. The result keeps alive dreams of a Roger Federer vs Nadal final, 10 years after what many consider to be the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. Both players are yet to drop a set yet in this year's tournament, but something will have to give eventually. As for Vesely, the fourth round at Wimbledon equalled his best performance at a grand slam, and he will look to build upon that at next month's US Open. 6:34PM Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Ace! He saves another and we're back at deuce. Advantage Vesely now. Wasted with an unforced error. Now another Match point Nadal. Rollercoaster. But that's match as Vesely goes wide with another unforced error on the forehand. Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 6:31PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal staring down the barrel of a first Wimbledon quarter-finals in seven years. Fans one step closer to a Fed Nadal final. 0-15 and Nadal brings it even closer. 0-30 with a stunning passing shot. Vesely has just struggled whenever Nadal brings him to the net. Nadal wide for 15-30. Not dead yet. Nadal misfires again with a wayward forehand that lets Vesely back into the game. 30-30. 40-30 and the Czech is still alive. A ti-break would favour him you feel. He smashes the net though for deuce. The grunting decibel levels have doubled in this game. The groaniest of grunts as Vesely sends a forehand wide. Match point Nadal! Saved with yet another huge serve. Match point again ... 6:24PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal hits a few sweet serves that Vesely barely touches and it's 40-0. A short rally and Nadal holds to love. Can he win it now. 6:22PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 4-4 Vesely (*next server) Nadal takes the first point as Vesely launches long. The next is not so easy and Nadal is pommeled into submission. 15-15. Chalk from Vesely! Nadal cutting a frustrated figure. He wants this to end. 30-15. Back level at 30-30 after Nadal manufactures a smash. All that work though, and Vesely just lands a huge serve that sets up a smash of his own. Nadal long and it's a Vesely hold. 6:16PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 4-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal tries to go through the legs but it doesn't make it over the net. 15-15. Oh super rally. Vesely just stands there by the net punching Nadal all over the court but the world No 1 somehow finds a way past him. Vesely then fluffs an easy drop and Nadal takes the game with a loud 'Come on!'...what happened to 'Vamos'? 6:12PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 3-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely now swaggering about the place and he lands an ace to back it up. Then he gets to confident and tries a drop shot that doesn't reach the net. Stick to your aces man. Nadal passes him, 15-30, he remembers what Vesely did to his water bottle. Now two break points Nadal. He's absolutely bottled it here. Show Ian Poulter again! Controversial ... a ball comes out of Vesely's pocket, during a rally and the point is called off. Never seen that before. Nadal takes it. Vesely's short time on top comes to an end. Nadal breaks 6:07PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-3 Vesely* (*next server) The crowd murmur in quiet disapproval as a Nadal forehand goes long for 30-15. He repays them with an ace. Ian Poulter is in the crowd, can Vesely channel his 2012 Ryder Cup heroics and launch a comeback? Wait, can he?! Vesely fights back to deuce and the crowd get behind him. Now it's break point Vesely, huge point. Nadal nets! Vesely breaks 6:02PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 2-2 Vesely (*next server) Steve Redgrave in the crowd. Never made it to the first round of Wimbledon but has five Olympics gold medals anyway. Nadal forces his way into 15-15 after sending Vesely the wrong way on a forehand. Vesely makes no mistake with a rocket serve for 30-15. Now 40-15 after Nadal's wrists almost crumble behind the force of more ridiculous serves. Game Vesely 5:58PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely interferes with Nadal's water bottle. Perhaps the biggest sin in tennis. He just knocks it down. Outrageous. Nadal is angry. He punishes Vesely by racing into a 40-0 lead. Vesely gets to 40-15 as briefly loses his water-bottle-inspired rage. Oh, it's back. Game Nadal. You have to make narratives where you can in a game like this. 5:55PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 1-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand so wide it looks like it was meant for someone else. Someone in the crowd shouts 'Go on Tim', which is surely now the oldest joke in sport. Vesely, in the meantime, holds to love. 5:52PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Is there anything left of Vesely? Nadal starts this one as he finished the last, racing into a 30-0 lead. Vesely with some minimal resistant and it's 40-15. Nadal looks almost offended that this match is still going. 40-30! Furious. Ace. Happy Nadal is back and he returns to his chair. 5:46PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal has lost six points on serve today, and three of them came during on game. Vesely goes 0-15 down. Is he struggling to believe? Oh boy, a double fault and it's 0-30. Is this the end of the big man? 0-40 with a tragically long forehand. Three set-points. The first is saved. Nadal looks to the skies. Second and he takes it. A comfortable set that, and Nadal looks on course for the quarters. Nadal takes the second set 6-3 5:43PM Nadal 6-3, 5-3 Vesely* (*next server) The umpire calls time and Nadal reluctantly accepts. Tennis just an afterthought to the fun he has playing with his water bottles. He's pretty good at the tennis stuff though, and shows it after smashing a cross-court forehand on a ludicrous angle. Just in. 40-0 before I even have a chance to look back at the screen. That's game. 5:40PM Nadal* 6-3, 4-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely wins the first point after the greatest rally Centre Court has ever seen. Just kidding, it's an ace. Nadal stops him in his tracks for 30-15. Another ace, 40-15. Another ace, game. 5:37PM Nadal 6-3, 4-2 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal takes what feels like years to serve, but finally he does, and it's an ace that has the Centre Court chalk bouncing all over the place. Vesely interrupts the next rally for a challenge, it's in! It's in, and Vesely apolgises, what a gent! Nadal ace for 40-15. An awful double fault gives Vesely hope, and he takes that hope and turns it into deuce. Opportunity knocks! Nadal looks off his rhythm in this one. His precious rhythm. Oh wait, his rhythm is back. A big smash gives him advantage, and then an outrageous cross-court backhand seals the game. 5:30PM Nadal* 6-3, 3-2 Vesely (*next server) These ball boys and girls are the bravest souls on earth. Luckily Nadal saves them with some nifty returns in this one and takes us to 0-20. Vesely in a bit of trouble. Now it's break point and all the early promise is slowly fading away. And a supreme Nadal return gives him a break to love. Wonderful. Nadal breaks 5:28PM Nadal 6-3, 2-2 Vesely* (*next server) A wonderful Nadal ace takes us to 40-15 as Vesely struggles to get involved in another of the Spaniard's service games. He takes the game. Easy. Smells like a tie-break already. 5:23PM Nadal* 6-3, 1-2 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand from the gods as Vesely belts a wide serve only to see it fly back past him. 30-30, can Nadal sneak a break point? No, nets, and Nadal is not happy with himself. Game Vesely who's starting to look a little brighter. 5:18PM Nadal 6-3, 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) A great rally ends in an unfortuante unforced error from Vesely. That's the best rally of the game though, as Nadal looks to make Vesely's enormous frame struggle. Game Nadal as he works his wet up to the net and Vesely doesn't bother running for a drop shot. 5:15PM Nadal* 6-3, 0-1 Vesely (*next server) Does Vesely have a plan B? He starts off with a serve, but Nadal takes us to 15-15 after forcing Vesely into another one of those troublesome rallies. Some big shouts from Vesely as we go 30-15 and Nadal misses a passing shot ... should've done better. 40-15 with a big serve. 40-30 and does Nadal have a look in here? No, game Vesely. 5:10PM Nadal 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal winning all the baseline rallies, and has capitalised when it matters on a odd poor Vesely service game. Another great rally and this time it's Vesely, who finds a way past Nadal from the baseline. Much better from Vesely as he takes Nadal into another bsaeline rally, but when it comes to the net Nadal seals it with a drop. And it's game as Vesely nets. Nadal takes first set 6-3 5:06PM Nadal* 5-3 Vesely (*next server) Nadal fights to make it 30-15, but Vesely sveres and volley his way to game point. The big man gets a lot of let service chords as the tennis ball just forces it's way over the net most of the time. He takes the game with an easy hold. 5:02PM Nadal 5-2 Vesely* (*next server) A rally! An actual rally! Nadal wins it though, and then seals with an ace. Another Nadal service game to love. 5:00PM Nadal* 4-2 Vesely (*next server) Vesely a bit of a one-trick pony at the moment, but his serve is causing Nadal a few problems, especially when the return comes short. A monster serve almost breaks Nadal's racket for 40-15. Repeat, and it's game. 4:56PM Nadal 4-1 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal races to 40-0 and that hardly constitutes a game. Vesely not doing enough on the Nadal serve at all. There are very few rallies in this one. 4:54PM Nadal* 3-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal is back on court two seconds before the umpire calls time. Scenes. Nadal gets his first point off the Vesely serve after the Czech faults, but Vesely follows up with a ridiculous ace. A massive second serve and it's 30-15. 113mph. Wow. Nadal basically in the crowd to receive this serve, but it works for 30-30. The pair exchange unforced errors for deuce, and Nadal somehow gets back a monster Vesely serve, which takes him by such surprise he whacks it ride. Break point. Double fault! Oh Dear. Nadal breaks 4:47PM Nadal 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely gets a point on the Nadal serve, and almost has two but Nadal sends a forehands past him at the net. Vesely then looks to pass Nadal but the two-time champion reaches it and takes us to 40-15. A cross-court forehand and it's game Nadal. 4:43PM Nadal 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) It's big. Nadal barely gets a racket on this game. Another hold to love. 4:42PM Nadal 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal kicks us off with a wonderful drop shot. Very nice indeed. Vesely finds the net. Then an ace. Vesely long. That was quick. Now let's see that Vesely serve. 4:39PM Nadal* 0-0 Vesely (*next server) Rafa to serve 4:35PM Nadal must behave Rafael Nadal warned twice for delays in the last round, as his pre-game, mid-game, post-game routines took a little too long for the umpire's liking. I remember having to take my watch off during Physical Education at school. Perhaps it's not Rafa's fault? 4:31PM Players emerge Here we go. Rafael Nadal an icon of concentration. Vesely waiting for him at the net ... surprise! 4:25PM Rafael Nadal takes to Centre Court 10 years ago, Wimbledon saw one of the greatest finals ever, as Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's remarkable run to claim his first title in five breathtaking sets. This year, there's talk of a rematch ... Both men raced into the last 16 without dropping a set, with Roger Federer now into the quarter-finals having faced his first break-point earlier today in a straight sets victory over Adrian Mannarino. The Swiss has been imperious even by his standards, but Nadal is keeping pace, and might be the only player equipped to stop Federer in his tracks. Although Nadal's spent a little longer on court, he is on the verge of his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, having managed to work up some early tournament momentum that has deserted him in the past, and the Spaniard will be a big favourite today. Rafael Nadal is battling to reach his first quarter-finals in seven years Credit: Action Plus The man standing in his way is Czech Jiri Vesely, world No 102, who's equaled his best ever showing at a Grand Slam by reaching the 4th round. He stands tall at 6 ft 6 inches and will look to exploit Nadal's relative 'weakness' on grass with some big serves that'll zoom off the Centre Court turf. But as we know, Nadal can hit a pretty sweet forehand himself, and will fancy himself as the rallies get longer. The two have played just once before, in 2015 in Hamburg, which Nadal took in straight sets. The world wants a Federer vs Nadal final, but don't start dreaming just yet. This won't be easy.
Rafael Nadal is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after a comfortable victory over world No 102 Jiri Vesely, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It's unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal, who has been through more injuries than he can count since the last time he got this far at Wimbledon in 2011. He goes on to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Giles Simon. Man-mountain Vesely struggled whenever Nadal fought his way past the Czech's massive serve, and the Spaniard always looked more comfortable in the rallies. The result keeps alive dreams of a Roger Federer vs Nadal final 10 years after what many consider to be the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. Both players are yet to drop a set yet in this year's tournament, but something will have to give eventually. As for Vesely, the fourth round at Wimbledon equalled his best performance at a Grand Slam, and he'll look to build upon that at next month's US Open. 6:34PM Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Ace! He saves another and we're back at deuce. Advantage Vesely now. Wasted with an unforced error. Now another Match point Nadal. Rollercoaster. But that's match as Vesely goes wide with another unforced error on the forehand. Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 6:31PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal staring down the barrel of a first Wimbledon quarter-finals in seven years. Fans one step closer to a Fed Nadal final. 0-15 and Nadal brings it even closer. 0-30 with a stunning passing shot. Vesely has just struggled whenever Nadal brings him to the net. Nadal wide for 15-30. Not dead yet. Nadal misfires again with a wayward forehand that lets Vesely back into the game. 30-30. 40-30 and the Czech is still alive. A ti-break would favour him you feel. He smashes the net though for deuce. The grunting decibel levels have doubled in this game. The groaniest of grunts as Vesely sends a forehand wide. Match point Nadal! Saved with yet another huge serve. Match point again ... 6:24PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal hits a few sweet serves that Vesely barely touches and it's 40-0. A short rally and Nadal holds to love. Can he win it now. 6:22PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 4-4 Vesely (*next server) Nadal takes the first point as Vesely launches long. The next is not so easy and Nadal is pommeled into submission. 15-15. Chalk from Vesely! Nadal cutting a frustrated figure. He wants this to end. 30-15. Back level at 30-30 after Nadal manufactures a smash. All that work though, and Vesely just lands a huge serve that sets up a smash of his own. Nadal long and it's a Vesely hold. 6:16PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 4-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal tries to go through the legs but it doesn't make it over the net. 15-15. Oh super rally. Vesely just stands there by the net punching Nadal all over the court but the world No 1 somehow finds a way past him. Vesely then fluffs an easy drop and Nadal takes the game with a loud 'Come on!'...what happened to 'Vamos'? 6:12PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 3-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely now swaggering about the place and he lands an ace to back it up. Then he gets to confident and tries a drop shot that doesn't reach the net. Stick to your aces man. Nadal passes him, 15-30, he remembers what Vesely did to his water bottle. Now two break points Nadal. He's absolutely bottled it here. Show Ian Poulter again! Controversial ... a ball comes out of Vesely's pocket, during a rally and the point is called off. Never seen that before. Nadal takes it. Vesely's short time on top comes to an end. Nadal breaks 6:07PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-3 Vesely* (*next server) The crowd murmur in quiet disapproval as a Nadal forehand goes long for 30-15. He repays them with an ace. Ian Poulter is in the crowd, can Vesely channel his 2012 Ryder Cup heroics and launch a comeback? Wait, can he?! Vesely fights back to deuce and the crowd get behind him. Now it's break point Vesely, huge point. Nadal nets! Vesely breaks 6:02PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 2-2 Vesely (*next server) Steve Redgrave in the crowd. Never made it to the first round of Wimbledon but has five Olympics gold medals anyway. Nadal forces his way into 15-15 after sending Vesely the wrong way on a forehand. Vesely makes no mistake with a rocket serve for 30-15. Now 40-15 after Nadal's wrists almost crumble behind the force of more ridiculous serves. Game Vesely 5:58PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely interferes with Nadal's water bottle. Perhaps the biggest sin in tennis. He just knocks it down. Outrageous. Nadal is angry. He punishes Vesely by racing into a 40-0 lead. Vesely gets to 40-15 as briefly loses his water-bottle-inspired rage. Oh, it's back. Game Nadal. You have to make narratives where you can in a game like this. 5:55PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 1-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand so wide it looks like it was meant for someone else. Someone in the crowd shouts 'Go on Tim', which is surely now the oldest joke in sport. Vesely, in the meantime, holds to love. 5:52PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Is there anything left of Vesely? Nadal starts this one as he finished the last, racing into a 30-0 lead. Vesely with some minimal resistant and it's 40-15. Nadal looks almost offended that this match is still going. 40-30! Furious. Ace. Happy Nadal is back and he returns to his chair. 5:46PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal has lost six points on serve today, and three of them came during on game. Vesely goes 0-15 down. Is he struggling to believe? Oh boy, a double fault and it's 0-30. Is this the end of the big man? 0-40 with a tragically long forehand. Three set-points. The first is saved. Nadal looks to the skies. Second and he takes it. A comfortable set that, and Nadal looks on course for the quarters. Nadal takes the second set 6-3 5:43PM Nadal 6-3, 5-3 Vesely* (*next server) The umpire calls time and Nadal reluctantly accepts. Tennis just an afterthought to the fun he has playing with his water bottles. He's pretty good at the tennis stuff though, and shows it after smashing a cross-court forehand on a ludicrous angle. Just in. 40-0 before I even have a chance to look back at the screen. That's game. 5:40PM Nadal* 6-3, 4-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely wins the first point after the greatest rally Centre Court has ever seen. Just kidding, it's an ace. Nadal stops him in his tracks for 30-15. Another ace, 40-15. Another ace, game. 5:37PM Nadal 6-3, 4-2 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal takes what feels like years to serve, but finally he does, and it's an ace that has the Centre Court chalk bouncing all over the place. Vesely interrupts the next rally for a challenge, it's in! It's in, and Vesely apolgises, what a gent! Nadal ace for 40-15. An awful double fault gives Vesely hope, and he takes that hope and turns it into deuce. Opportunity knocks! Nadal looks off his rhythm in this one. His precious rhythm. Oh wait, his rhythm is back. A big smash gives him advantage, and then an outrageous cross-court backhand seals the game. 5:30PM Nadal* 6-3, 3-2 Vesely (*next server) These ball boys and girls are the bravest souls on earth. Luckily Nadal saves them with some nifty returns in this one and takes us to 0-20. Vesely in a bit of trouble. Now it's break point and all the early promise is slowly fading away. And a supreme Nadal return gives him a break to love. Wonderful. Nadal breaks 5:28PM Nadal 6-3, 2-2 Vesely* (*next server) A wonderful Nadal ace takes us to 40-15 as Vesely struggles to get involved in another of the Spaniard's service games. He takes the game. Easy. Smells like a tie-break already. 5:23PM Nadal* 6-3, 1-2 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand from the gods as Vesely belts a wide serve only to see it fly back past him. 30-30, can Nadal sneak a break point? No, nets, and Nadal is not happy with himself. Game Vesely who's starting to look a little brighter. 5:18PM Nadal 6-3, 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) A great rally ends in an unfortuante unforced error from Vesely. That's the best rally of the game though, as Nadal looks to make Vesely's enormous frame struggle. Game Nadal as he works his wet up to the net and Vesely doesn't bother running for a drop shot. 5:15PM Nadal* 6-3, 0-1 Vesely (*next server) Does Vesely have a plan B? He starts off with a serve, but Nadal takes us to 15-15 after forcing Vesely into another one of those troublesome rallies. Some big shouts from Vesely as we go 30-15 and Nadal misses a passing shot ... should've done better. 40-15 with a big serve. 40-30 and does Nadal have a look in here? No, game Vesely. 5:10PM Nadal 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal winning all the baseline rallies, and has capitalised when it matters on a odd poor Vesely service game. Another great rally and this time it's Vesely, who finds a way past Nadal from the baseline. Much better from Vesely as he takes Nadal into another bsaeline rally, but when it comes to the net Nadal seals it with a drop. And it's game as Vesely nets. Nadal takes first set 6-3 5:06PM Nadal* 5-3 Vesely (*next server) Nadal fights to make it 30-15, but Vesely sveres and volley his way to game point. The big man gets a lot of let service chords as the tennis ball just forces it's way over the net most of the time. He takes the game with an easy hold. 5:02PM Nadal 5-2 Vesely* (*next server) A rally! An actual rally! Nadal wins it though, and then seals with an ace. Another Nadal service game to love. 5:00PM Nadal* 4-2 Vesely (*next server) Vesely a bit of a one-trick pony at the moment, but his serve is causing Nadal a few problems, especially when the return comes short. A monster serve almost breaks Nadal's racket for 40-15. Repeat, and it's game. 4:56PM Nadal 4-1 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal races to 40-0 and that hardly constitutes a game. Vesely not doing enough on the Nadal serve at all. There are very few rallies in this one. 4:54PM Nadal* 3-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal is back on court two seconds before the umpire calls time. Scenes. Nadal gets his first point off the Vesely serve after the Czech faults, but Vesely follows up with a ridiculous ace. A massive second serve and it's 30-15. 113mph. Wow. Nadal basically in the crowd to receive this serve, but it works for 30-30. The pair exchange unforced errors for deuce, and Nadal somehow gets back a monster Vesely serve, which takes him by such surprise he whacks it ride. Break point. Double fault! Oh Dear. Nadal breaks 4:47PM Nadal 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely gets a point on the Nadal serve, and almost has two but Nadal sends a forehands past him at the net. Vesely then looks to pass Nadal but the two-time champion reaches it and takes us to 40-15. A cross-court forehand and it's game Nadal. 4:43PM Nadal 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) It's big. Nadal barely gets a racket on this game. Another hold to love. 4:42PM Nadal 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal kicks us off with a wonderful drop shot. Very nice indeed. Vesely finds the net. Then an ace. Vesely long. That was quick. Now let's see that Vesely serve. 4:39PM Nadal* 0-0 Vesely (*next server) Rafa to serve 4:35PM Nadal must behave Rafael Nadal warned twice for delays in the last round, as his pre-game, mid-game, post-game routines took a little too long for the umpire's liking. I remember having to take my watch off during Physical Education at school. Perhaps it's not Rafa's fault? 4:31PM Players emerge Here we go. Rafael Nadal an icon of concentration. Vesely waiting for him at the net ... surprise! 4:25PM Rafael Nadal takes to Centre Court 10 years ago, Wimbledon saw one of the greatest finals ever, as Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's remarkable run to claim his first title in five breathtaking sets. This year, there's talk of a rematch ... Both men raced into the last 16 without dropping a set, with Roger Federer now into the quarter-finals having faced his first break-point earlier today in a straight sets victory over Adrian Mannarino. The Swiss has been imperious even by his standards, but Nadal is keeping pace, and might be the only player equipped to stop Federer in his tracks. Although Nadal's spent a little longer on court, he is on the verge of his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, having managed to work up some early tournament momentum that has deserted him in the past, and the Spaniard will be a big favourite today. Rafael Nadal is battling to reach his first quarter-finals in seven years Credit: Action Plus The man standing in his way is Czech Jiri Vesely, world No 102, who's equaled his best ever showing at a Grand Slam by reaching the 4th round. He stands tall at 6 ft 6 inches and will look to exploit Nadal's relative 'weakness' on grass with some big serves that'll zoom off the Centre Court turf. But as we know, Nadal can hit a pretty sweet forehand himself, and will fancy himself as the rallies get longer. The two have played just once before, in 2015 in Hamburg, which Nadal took in straight sets. The world wants a Federer vs Nadal final, but don't start dreaming just yet. This won't be easy.
Rafael Nadal reaches first Wimbledon quarter-finals in seven years after straight sets win
Rafael Nadal is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after a comfortable victory over world No 102 Jiri Vesely, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It's unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal, who has been through more injuries than he can count since the last time he got this far at Wimbledon in 2011. He goes on to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Giles Simon. Man-mountain Vesely struggled whenever Nadal fought his way past the Czech's massive serve, and the Spaniard always looked more comfortable in the rallies. The result keeps alive dreams of a Roger Federer vs Nadal final 10 years after what many consider to be the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. Both players are yet to drop a set yet in this year's tournament, but something will have to give eventually. As for Vesely, the fourth round at Wimbledon equalled his best performance at a Grand Slam, and he'll look to build upon that at next month's US Open. 6:34PM Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Ace! He saves another and we're back at deuce. Advantage Vesely now. Wasted with an unforced error. Now another Match point Nadal. Rollercoaster. But that's match as Vesely goes wide with another unforced error on the forehand. Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 6:31PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal staring down the barrel of a first Wimbledon quarter-finals in seven years. Fans one step closer to a Fed Nadal final. 0-15 and Nadal brings it even closer. 0-30 with a stunning passing shot. Vesely has just struggled whenever Nadal brings him to the net. Nadal wide for 15-30. Not dead yet. Nadal misfires again with a wayward forehand that lets Vesely back into the game. 30-30. 40-30 and the Czech is still alive. A ti-break would favour him you feel. He smashes the net though for deuce. The grunting decibel levels have doubled in this game. The groaniest of grunts as Vesely sends a forehand wide. Match point Nadal! Saved with yet another huge serve. Match point again ... 6:24PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal hits a few sweet serves that Vesely barely touches and it's 40-0. A short rally and Nadal holds to love. Can he win it now. 6:22PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 4-4 Vesely (*next server) Nadal takes the first point as Vesely launches long. The next is not so easy and Nadal is pommeled into submission. 15-15. Chalk from Vesely! Nadal cutting a frustrated figure. He wants this to end. 30-15. Back level at 30-30 after Nadal manufactures a smash. All that work though, and Vesely just lands a huge serve that sets up a smash of his own. Nadal long and it's a Vesely hold. 6:16PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 4-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal tries to go through the legs but it doesn't make it over the net. 15-15. Oh super rally. Vesely just stands there by the net punching Nadal all over the court but the world No 1 somehow finds a way past him. Vesely then fluffs an easy drop and Nadal takes the game with a loud 'Come on!'...what happened to 'Vamos'? 6:12PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 3-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely now swaggering about the place and he lands an ace to back it up. Then he gets to confident and tries a drop shot that doesn't reach the net. Stick to your aces man. Nadal passes him, 15-30, he remembers what Vesely did to his water bottle. Now two break points Nadal. He's absolutely bottled it here. Show Ian Poulter again! Controversial ... a ball comes out of Vesely's pocket, during a rally and the point is called off. Never seen that before. Nadal takes it. Vesely's short time on top comes to an end. Nadal breaks 6:07PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-3 Vesely* (*next server) The crowd murmur in quiet disapproval as a Nadal forehand goes long for 30-15. He repays them with an ace. Ian Poulter is in the crowd, can Vesely channel his 2012 Ryder Cup heroics and launch a comeback? Wait, can he?! Vesely fights back to deuce and the crowd get behind him. Now it's break point Vesely, huge point. Nadal nets! Vesely breaks 6:02PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 2-2 Vesely (*next server) Steve Redgrave in the crowd. Never made it to the first round of Wimbledon but has five Olympics gold medals anyway. Nadal forces his way into 15-15 after sending Vesely the wrong way on a forehand. Vesely makes no mistake with a rocket serve for 30-15. Now 40-15 after Nadal's wrists almost crumble behind the force of more ridiculous serves. Game Vesely 5:58PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely interferes with Nadal's water bottle. Perhaps the biggest sin in tennis. He just knocks it down. Outrageous. Nadal is angry. He punishes Vesely by racing into a 40-0 lead. Vesely gets to 40-15 as briefly loses his water-bottle-inspired rage. Oh, it's back. Game Nadal. You have to make narratives where you can in a game like this. 5:55PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 1-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand so wide it looks like it was meant for someone else. Someone in the crowd shouts 'Go on Tim', which is surely now the oldest joke in sport. Vesely, in the meantime, holds to love. 5:52PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Is there anything left of Vesely? Nadal starts this one as he finished the last, racing into a 30-0 lead. Vesely with some minimal resistant and it's 40-15. Nadal looks almost offended that this match is still going. 40-30! Furious. Ace. Happy Nadal is back and he returns to his chair. 5:46PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal has lost six points on serve today, and three of them came during on game. Vesely goes 0-15 down. Is he struggling to believe? Oh boy, a double fault and it's 0-30. Is this the end of the big man? 0-40 with a tragically long forehand. Three set-points. The first is saved. Nadal looks to the skies. Second and he takes it. A comfortable set that, and Nadal looks on course for the quarters. Nadal takes the second set 6-3 5:43PM Nadal 6-3, 5-3 Vesely* (*next server) The umpire calls time and Nadal reluctantly accepts. Tennis just an afterthought to the fun he has playing with his water bottles. He's pretty good at the tennis stuff though, and shows it after smashing a cross-court forehand on a ludicrous angle. Just in. 40-0 before I even have a chance to look back at the screen. That's game. 5:40PM Nadal* 6-3, 4-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely wins the first point after the greatest rally Centre Court has ever seen. Just kidding, it's an ace. Nadal stops him in his tracks for 30-15. Another ace, 40-15. Another ace, game. 5:37PM Nadal 6-3, 4-2 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal takes what feels like years to serve, but finally he does, and it's an ace that has the Centre Court chalk bouncing all over the place. Vesely interrupts the next rally for a challenge, it's in! It's in, and Vesely apolgises, what a gent! Nadal ace for 40-15. An awful double fault gives Vesely hope, and he takes that hope and turns it into deuce. Opportunity knocks! Nadal looks off his rhythm in this one. His precious rhythm. Oh wait, his rhythm is back. A big smash gives him advantage, and then an outrageous cross-court backhand seals the game. 5:30PM Nadal* 6-3, 3-2 Vesely (*next server) These ball boys and girls are the bravest souls on earth. Luckily Nadal saves them with some nifty returns in this one and takes us to 0-20. Vesely in a bit of trouble. Now it's break point and all the early promise is slowly fading away. And a supreme Nadal return gives him a break to love. Wonderful. Nadal breaks 5:28PM Nadal 6-3, 2-2 Vesely* (*next server) A wonderful Nadal ace takes us to 40-15 as Vesely struggles to get involved in another of the Spaniard's service games. He takes the game. Easy. Smells like a tie-break already. 5:23PM Nadal* 6-3, 1-2 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand from the gods as Vesely belts a wide serve only to see it fly back past him. 30-30, can Nadal sneak a break point? No, nets, and Nadal is not happy with himself. Game Vesely who's starting to look a little brighter. 5:18PM Nadal 6-3, 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) A great rally ends in an unfortuante unforced error from Vesely. That's the best rally of the game though, as Nadal looks to make Vesely's enormous frame struggle. Game Nadal as he works his wet up to the net and Vesely doesn't bother running for a drop shot. 5:15PM Nadal* 6-3, 0-1 Vesely (*next server) Does Vesely have a plan B? He starts off with a serve, but Nadal takes us to 15-15 after forcing Vesely into another one of those troublesome rallies. Some big shouts from Vesely as we go 30-15 and Nadal misses a passing shot ... should've done better. 40-15 with a big serve. 40-30 and does Nadal have a look in here? No, game Vesely. 5:10PM Nadal 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal winning all the baseline rallies, and has capitalised when it matters on a odd poor Vesely service game. Another great rally and this time it's Vesely, who finds a way past Nadal from the baseline. Much better from Vesely as he takes Nadal into another bsaeline rally, but when it comes to the net Nadal seals it with a drop. And it's game as Vesely nets. Nadal takes first set 6-3 5:06PM Nadal* 5-3 Vesely (*next server) Nadal fights to make it 30-15, but Vesely sveres and volley his way to game point. The big man gets a lot of let service chords as the tennis ball just forces it's way over the net most of the time. He takes the game with an easy hold. 5:02PM Nadal 5-2 Vesely* (*next server) A rally! An actual rally! Nadal wins it though, and then seals with an ace. Another Nadal service game to love. 5:00PM Nadal* 4-2 Vesely (*next server) Vesely a bit of a one-trick pony at the moment, but his serve is causing Nadal a few problems, especially when the return comes short. A monster serve almost breaks Nadal's racket for 40-15. Repeat, and it's game. 4:56PM Nadal 4-1 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal races to 40-0 and that hardly constitutes a game. Vesely not doing enough on the Nadal serve at all. There are very few rallies in this one. 4:54PM Nadal* 3-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal is back on court two seconds before the umpire calls time. Scenes. Nadal gets his first point off the Vesely serve after the Czech faults, but Vesely follows up with a ridiculous ace. A massive second serve and it's 30-15. 113mph. Wow. Nadal basically in the crowd to receive this serve, but it works for 30-30. The pair exchange unforced errors for deuce, and Nadal somehow gets back a monster Vesely serve, which takes him by such surprise he whacks it ride. Break point. Double fault! Oh Dear. Nadal breaks 4:47PM Nadal 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely gets a point on the Nadal serve, and almost has two but Nadal sends a forehands past him at the net. Vesely then looks to pass Nadal but the two-time champion reaches it and takes us to 40-15. A cross-court forehand and it's game Nadal. 4:43PM Nadal 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) It's big. Nadal barely gets a racket on this game. Another hold to love. 4:42PM Nadal 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal kicks us off with a wonderful drop shot. Very nice indeed. Vesely finds the net. Then an ace. Vesely long. That was quick. Now let's see that Vesely serve. 4:39PM Nadal* 0-0 Vesely (*next server) Rafa to serve 4:35PM Nadal must behave Rafael Nadal warned twice for delays in the last round, as his pre-game, mid-game, post-game routines took a little too long for the umpire's liking. I remember having to take my watch off during Physical Education at school. Perhaps it's not Rafa's fault? 4:31PM Players emerge Here we go. Rafael Nadal an icon of concentration. Vesely waiting for him at the net ... surprise! 4:25PM Rafael Nadal takes to Centre Court 10 years ago, Wimbledon saw one of the greatest finals ever, as Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's remarkable run to claim his first title in five breathtaking sets. This year, there's talk of a rematch ... Both men raced into the last 16 without dropping a set, with Roger Federer now into the quarter-finals having faced his first break-point earlier today in a straight sets victory over Adrian Mannarino. The Swiss has been imperious even by his standards, but Nadal is keeping pace, and might be the only player equipped to stop Federer in his tracks. Although Nadal's spent a little longer on court, he is on the verge of his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, having managed to work up some early tournament momentum that has deserted him in the past, and the Spaniard will be a big favourite today. Rafael Nadal is battling to reach his first quarter-finals in seven years Credit: Action Plus The man standing in his way is Czech Jiri Vesely, world No 102, who's equaled his best ever showing at a Grand Slam by reaching the 4th round. He stands tall at 6 ft 6 inches and will look to exploit Nadal's relative 'weakness' on grass with some big serves that'll zoom off the Centre Court turf. But as we know, Nadal can hit a pretty sweet forehand himself, and will fancy himself as the rallies get longer. The two have played just once before, in 2015 in Hamburg, which Nadal took in straight sets. The world wants a Federer vs Nadal final, but don't start dreaming just yet. This won't be easy.
Rafael Nadal is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after a comfortable victory over world No 102 Jiri Vesely, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It is unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal, who has been through more injuries than he can count since the last time he got this far at Wimbledon in 2011. He goes on to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Gilles Simon. Man-mountain Vesely struggled whenever Nadal fought his way past the Czech's massive serve, and the Spaniard always looked more comfortable in the rallies. The result keeps alive dreams of a Roger Federer vs Nadal final, 10 years after what many consider to be the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. Both players are yet to drop a set yet in this year's tournament, but something will have to give eventually. As for Vesely, the fourth round at Wimbledon equalled his best performance at a grand slam, and he will look to build upon that at next month's US Open. 6:34PM Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Ace! He saves another and we're back at deuce. Advantage Vesely now. Wasted with an unforced error. Now another Match point Nadal. Rollercoaster. But that's match as Vesely goes wide with another unforced error on the forehand. Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 6:31PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal staring down the barrel of a first Wimbledon quarter-finals in seven years. Fans one step closer to a Fed Nadal final. 0-15 and Nadal brings it even closer. 0-30 with a stunning passing shot. Vesely has just struggled whenever Nadal brings him to the net. Nadal wide for 15-30. Not dead yet. Nadal misfires again with a wayward forehand that lets Vesely back into the game. 30-30. 40-30 and the Czech is still alive. A ti-break would favour him you feel. He smashes the net though for deuce. The grunting decibel levels have doubled in this game. The groaniest of grunts as Vesely sends a forehand wide. Match point Nadal! Saved with yet another huge serve. Match point again ... 6:24PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal hits a few sweet serves that Vesely barely touches and it's 40-0. A short rally and Nadal holds to love. Can he win it now. 6:22PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 4-4 Vesely (*next server) Nadal takes the first point as Vesely launches long. The next is not so easy and Nadal is pommeled into submission. 15-15. Chalk from Vesely! Nadal cutting a frustrated figure. He wants this to end. 30-15. Back level at 30-30 after Nadal manufactures a smash. All that work though, and Vesely just lands a huge serve that sets up a smash of his own. Nadal long and it's a Vesely hold. 6:16PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 4-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal tries to go through the legs but it doesn't make it over the net. 15-15. Oh super rally. Vesely just stands there by the net punching Nadal all over the court but the world No 1 somehow finds a way past him. Vesely then fluffs an easy drop and Nadal takes the game with a loud 'Come on!'...what happened to 'Vamos'? 6:12PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 3-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely now swaggering about the place and he lands an ace to back it up. Then he gets to confident and tries a drop shot that doesn't reach the net. Stick to your aces man. Nadal passes him, 15-30, he remembers what Vesely did to his water bottle. Now two break points Nadal. He's absolutely bottled it here. Show Ian Poulter again! Controversial ... a ball comes out of Vesely's pocket, during a rally and the point is called off. Never seen that before. Nadal takes it. Vesely's short time on top comes to an end. Nadal breaks 6:07PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-3 Vesely* (*next server) The crowd murmur in quiet disapproval as a Nadal forehand goes long for 30-15. He repays them with an ace. Ian Poulter is in the crowd, can Vesely channel his 2012 Ryder Cup heroics and launch a comeback? Wait, can he?! Vesely fights back to deuce and the crowd get behind him. Now it's break point Vesely, huge point. Nadal nets! Vesely breaks 6:02PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 2-2 Vesely (*next server) Steve Redgrave in the crowd. Never made it to the first round of Wimbledon but has five Olympics gold medals anyway. Nadal forces his way into 15-15 after sending Vesely the wrong way on a forehand. Vesely makes no mistake with a rocket serve for 30-15. Now 40-15 after Nadal's wrists almost crumble behind the force of more ridiculous serves. Game Vesely 5:58PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely interferes with Nadal's water bottle. Perhaps the biggest sin in tennis. He just knocks it down. Outrageous. Nadal is angry. He punishes Vesely by racing into a 40-0 lead. Vesely gets to 40-15 as briefly loses his water-bottle-inspired rage. Oh, it's back. Game Nadal. You have to make narratives where you can in a game like this. 5:55PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 1-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand so wide it looks like it was meant for someone else. Someone in the crowd shouts 'Go on Tim', which is surely now the oldest joke in sport. Vesely, in the meantime, holds to love. 5:52PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Is there anything left of Vesely? Nadal starts this one as he finished the last, racing into a 30-0 lead. Vesely with some minimal resistant and it's 40-15. Nadal looks almost offended that this match is still going. 40-30! Furious. Ace. Happy Nadal is back and he returns to his chair. 5:46PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal has lost six points on serve today, and three of them came during on game. Vesely goes 0-15 down. Is he struggling to believe? Oh boy, a double fault and it's 0-30. Is this the end of the big man? 0-40 with a tragically long forehand. Three set-points. The first is saved. Nadal looks to the skies. Second and he takes it. A comfortable set that, and Nadal looks on course for the quarters. Nadal takes the second set 6-3 5:43PM Nadal 6-3, 5-3 Vesely* (*next server) The umpire calls time and Nadal reluctantly accepts. Tennis just an afterthought to the fun he has playing with his water bottles. He's pretty good at the tennis stuff though, and shows it after smashing a cross-court forehand on a ludicrous angle. Just in. 40-0 before I even have a chance to look back at the screen. That's game. 5:40PM Nadal* 6-3, 4-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely wins the first point after the greatest rally Centre Court has ever seen. Just kidding, it's an ace. Nadal stops him in his tracks for 30-15. Another ace, 40-15. Another ace, game. 5:37PM Nadal 6-3, 4-2 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal takes what feels like years to serve, but finally he does, and it's an ace that has the Centre Court chalk bouncing all over the place. Vesely interrupts the next rally for a challenge, it's in! It's in, and Vesely apolgises, what a gent! Nadal ace for 40-15. An awful double fault gives Vesely hope, and he takes that hope and turns it into deuce. Opportunity knocks! Nadal looks off his rhythm in this one. His precious rhythm. Oh wait, his rhythm is back. A big smash gives him advantage, and then an outrageous cross-court backhand seals the game. 5:30PM Nadal* 6-3, 3-2 Vesely (*next server) These ball boys and girls are the bravest souls on earth. Luckily Nadal saves them with some nifty returns in this one and takes us to 0-20. Vesely in a bit of trouble. Now it's break point and all the early promise is slowly fading away. And a supreme Nadal return gives him a break to love. Wonderful. Nadal breaks 5:28PM Nadal 6-3, 2-2 Vesely* (*next server) A wonderful Nadal ace takes us to 40-15 as Vesely struggles to get involved in another of the Spaniard's service games. He takes the game. Easy. Smells like a tie-break already. 5:23PM Nadal* 6-3, 1-2 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand from the gods as Vesely belts a wide serve only to see it fly back past him. 30-30, can Nadal sneak a break point? No, nets, and Nadal is not happy with himself. Game Vesely who's starting to look a little brighter. 5:18PM Nadal 6-3, 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) A great rally ends in an unfortuante unforced error from Vesely. That's the best rally of the game though, as Nadal looks to make Vesely's enormous frame struggle. Game Nadal as he works his wet up to the net and Vesely doesn't bother running for a drop shot. 5:15PM Nadal* 6-3, 0-1 Vesely (*next server) Does Vesely have a plan B? He starts off with a serve, but Nadal takes us to 15-15 after forcing Vesely into another one of those troublesome rallies. Some big shouts from Vesely as we go 30-15 and Nadal misses a passing shot ... should've done better. 40-15 with a big serve. 40-30 and does Nadal have a look in here? No, game Vesely. 5:10PM Nadal 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal winning all the baseline rallies, and has capitalised when it matters on a odd poor Vesely service game. Another great rally and this time it's Vesely, who finds a way past Nadal from the baseline. Much better from Vesely as he takes Nadal into another bsaeline rally, but when it comes to the net Nadal seals it with a drop. And it's game as Vesely nets. Nadal takes first set 6-3 5:06PM Nadal* 5-3 Vesely (*next server) Nadal fights to make it 30-15, but Vesely sveres and volley his way to game point. The big man gets a lot of let service chords as the tennis ball just forces it's way over the net most of the time. He takes the game with an easy hold. 5:02PM Nadal 5-2 Vesely* (*next server) A rally! An actual rally! Nadal wins it though, and then seals with an ace. Another Nadal service game to love. 5:00PM Nadal* 4-2 Vesely (*next server) Vesely a bit of a one-trick pony at the moment, but his serve is causing Nadal a few problems, especially when the return comes short. A monster serve almost breaks Nadal's racket for 40-15. Repeat, and it's game. 4:56PM Nadal 4-1 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal races to 40-0 and that hardly constitutes a game. Vesely not doing enough on the Nadal serve at all. There are very few rallies in this one. 4:54PM Nadal* 3-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal is back on court two seconds before the umpire calls time. Scenes. Nadal gets his first point off the Vesely serve after the Czech faults, but Vesely follows up with a ridiculous ace. A massive second serve and it's 30-15. 113mph. Wow. Nadal basically in the crowd to receive this serve, but it works for 30-30. The pair exchange unforced errors for deuce, and Nadal somehow gets back a monster Vesely serve, which takes him by such surprise he whacks it ride. Break point. Double fault! Oh Dear. Nadal breaks 4:47PM Nadal 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely gets a point on the Nadal serve, and almost has two but Nadal sends a forehands past him at the net. Vesely then looks to pass Nadal but the two-time champion reaches it and takes us to 40-15. A cross-court forehand and it's game Nadal. 4:43PM Nadal 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) It's big. Nadal barely gets a racket on this game. Another hold to love. 4:42PM Nadal 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal kicks us off with a wonderful drop shot. Very nice indeed. Vesely finds the net. Then an ace. Vesely long. That was quick. Now let's see that Vesely serve. 4:39PM Nadal* 0-0 Vesely (*next server) Rafa to serve 4:35PM Nadal must behave Rafael Nadal warned twice for delays in the last round, as his pre-game, mid-game, post-game routines took a little too long for the umpire's liking. I remember having to take my watch off during Physical Education at school. Perhaps it's not Rafa's fault? 4:31PM Players emerge Here we go. Rafael Nadal an icon of concentration. Vesely waiting for him at the net ... surprise! 4:25PM Rafael Nadal takes to Centre Court 10 years ago, Wimbledon saw one of the greatest finals ever, as Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's remarkable run to claim his first title in five breathtaking sets. This year, there's talk of a rematch ... Both men raced into the last 16 without dropping a set, with Roger Federer now into the quarter-finals having faced his first break-point earlier today in a straight sets victory over Adrian Mannarino. The Swiss has been imperious even by his standards, but Nadal is keeping pace, and might be the only player equipped to stop Federer in his tracks. Although Nadal's spent a little longer on court, he is on the verge of his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, having managed to work up some early tournament momentum that has deserted him in the past, and the Spaniard will be a big favourite today. Rafael Nadal is battling to reach his first quarter-finals in seven years Credit: Action Plus The man standing in his way is Czech Jiri Vesely, world No 102, who's equaled his best ever showing at a Grand Slam by reaching the 4th round. He stands tall at 6 ft 6 inches and will look to exploit Nadal's relative 'weakness' on grass with some big serves that'll zoom off the Centre Court turf. But as we know, Nadal can hit a pretty sweet forehand himself, and will fancy himself as the rallies get longer. The two have played just once before, in 2015 in Hamburg, which Nadal took in straight sets. The world wants a Federer vs Nadal final, but don't start dreaming just yet. This won't be easy.
Rafael Nadal reaches first Wimbledon quarter-final in seven years after straight sets win
Rafael Nadal is into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon after a comfortable victory over world No 102 Jiri Vesely, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It is unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal, who has been through more injuries than he can count since the last time he got this far at Wimbledon in 2011. He goes on to face either Juan Martin Del Potro or Gilles Simon. Man-mountain Vesely struggled whenever Nadal fought his way past the Czech's massive serve, and the Spaniard always looked more comfortable in the rallies. The result keeps alive dreams of a Roger Federer vs Nadal final, 10 years after what many consider to be the greatest Wimbledon final of all time. Both players are yet to drop a set yet in this year's tournament, but something will have to give eventually. As for Vesely, the fourth round at Wimbledon equalled his best performance at a grand slam, and he will look to build upon that at next month's US Open. 6:34PM Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Ace! He saves another and we're back at deuce. Advantage Vesely now. Wasted with an unforced error. Now another Match point Nadal. Rollercoaster. But that's match as Vesely goes wide with another unforced error on the forehand. Nadal wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 6:31PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal staring down the barrel of a first Wimbledon quarter-finals in seven years. Fans one step closer to a Fed Nadal final. 0-15 and Nadal brings it even closer. 0-30 with a stunning passing shot. Vesely has just struggled whenever Nadal brings him to the net. Nadal wide for 15-30. Not dead yet. Nadal misfires again with a wayward forehand that lets Vesely back into the game. 30-30. 40-30 and the Czech is still alive. A ti-break would favour him you feel. He smashes the net though for deuce. The grunting decibel levels have doubled in this game. The groaniest of grunts as Vesely sends a forehand wide. Match point Nadal! Saved with yet another huge serve. Match point again ... 6:24PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 5-4 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal hits a few sweet serves that Vesely barely touches and it's 40-0. A short rally and Nadal holds to love. Can he win it now. 6:22PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 4-4 Vesely (*next server) Nadal takes the first point as Vesely launches long. The next is not so easy and Nadal is pommeled into submission. 15-15. Chalk from Vesely! Nadal cutting a frustrated figure. He wants this to end. 30-15. Back level at 30-30 after Nadal manufactures a smash. All that work though, and Vesely just lands a huge serve that sets up a smash of his own. Nadal long and it's a Vesely hold. 6:16PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 4-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal tries to go through the legs but it doesn't make it over the net. 15-15. Oh super rally. Vesely just stands there by the net punching Nadal all over the court but the world No 1 somehow finds a way past him. Vesely then fluffs an easy drop and Nadal takes the game with a loud 'Come on!'...what happened to 'Vamos'? 6:12PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 3-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely now swaggering about the place and he lands an ace to back it up. Then he gets to confident and tries a drop shot that doesn't reach the net. Stick to your aces man. Nadal passes him, 15-30, he remembers what Vesely did to his water bottle. Now two break points Nadal. He's absolutely bottled it here. Show Ian Poulter again! Controversial ... a ball comes out of Vesely's pocket, during a rally and the point is called off. Never seen that before. Nadal takes it. Vesely's short time on top comes to an end. Nadal breaks 6:07PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-3 Vesely* (*next server) The crowd murmur in quiet disapproval as a Nadal forehand goes long for 30-15. He repays them with an ace. Ian Poulter is in the crowd, can Vesely channel his 2012 Ryder Cup heroics and launch a comeback? Wait, can he?! Vesely fights back to deuce and the crowd get behind him. Now it's break point Vesely, huge point. Nadal nets! Vesely breaks 6:02PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 2-2 Vesely (*next server) Steve Redgrave in the crowd. Never made it to the first round of Wimbledon but has five Olympics gold medals anyway. Nadal forces his way into 15-15 after sending Vesely the wrong way on a forehand. Vesely makes no mistake with a rocket serve for 30-15. Now 40-15 after Nadal's wrists almost crumble behind the force of more ridiculous serves. Game Vesely 5:58PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely interferes with Nadal's water bottle. Perhaps the biggest sin in tennis. He just knocks it down. Outrageous. Nadal is angry. He punishes Vesely by racing into a 40-0 lead. Vesely gets to 40-15 as briefly loses his water-bottle-inspired rage. Oh, it's back. Game Nadal. You have to make narratives where you can in a game like this. 5:55PM Nadal* 6-3, 6-3, 1-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand so wide it looks like it was meant for someone else. Someone in the crowd shouts 'Go on Tim', which is surely now the oldest joke in sport. Vesely, in the meantime, holds to love. 5:52PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Is there anything left of Vesely? Nadal starts this one as he finished the last, racing into a 30-0 lead. Vesely with some minimal resistant and it's 40-15. Nadal looks almost offended that this match is still going. 40-30! Furious. Ace. Happy Nadal is back and he returns to his chair. 5:46PM Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal has lost six points on serve today, and three of them came during on game. Vesely goes 0-15 down. Is he struggling to believe? Oh boy, a double fault and it's 0-30. Is this the end of the big man? 0-40 with a tragically long forehand. Three set-points. The first is saved. Nadal looks to the skies. Second and he takes it. A comfortable set that, and Nadal looks on course for the quarters. Nadal takes the second set 6-3 5:43PM Nadal 6-3, 5-3 Vesely* (*next server) The umpire calls time and Nadal reluctantly accepts. Tennis just an afterthought to the fun he has playing with his water bottles. He's pretty good at the tennis stuff though, and shows it after smashing a cross-court forehand on a ludicrous angle. Just in. 40-0 before I even have a chance to look back at the screen. That's game. 5:40PM Nadal* 6-3, 4-3 Vesely (*next server) Vesely wins the first point after the greatest rally Centre Court has ever seen. Just kidding, it's an ace. Nadal stops him in his tracks for 30-15. Another ace, 40-15. Another ace, game. 5:37PM Nadal 6-3, 4-2 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal takes what feels like years to serve, but finally he does, and it's an ace that has the Centre Court chalk bouncing all over the place. Vesely interrupts the next rally for a challenge, it's in! It's in, and Vesely apolgises, what a gent! Nadal ace for 40-15. An awful double fault gives Vesely hope, and he takes that hope and turns it into deuce. Opportunity knocks! Nadal looks off his rhythm in this one. His precious rhythm. Oh wait, his rhythm is back. A big smash gives him advantage, and then an outrageous cross-court backhand seals the game. 5:30PM Nadal* 6-3, 3-2 Vesely (*next server) These ball boys and girls are the bravest souls on earth. Luckily Nadal saves them with some nifty returns in this one and takes us to 0-20. Vesely in a bit of trouble. Now it's break point and all the early promise is slowly fading away. And a supreme Nadal return gives him a break to love. Wonderful. Nadal breaks 5:28PM Nadal 6-3, 2-2 Vesely* (*next server) A wonderful Nadal ace takes us to 40-15 as Vesely struggles to get involved in another of the Spaniard's service games. He takes the game. Easy. Smells like a tie-break already. 5:23PM Nadal* 6-3, 1-2 Vesely (*next server) Nadal with a forehand from the gods as Vesely belts a wide serve only to see it fly back past him. 30-30, can Nadal sneak a break point? No, nets, and Nadal is not happy with himself. Game Vesely who's starting to look a little brighter. 5:18PM Nadal 6-3, 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) A great rally ends in an unfortuante unforced error from Vesely. That's the best rally of the game though, as Nadal looks to make Vesely's enormous frame struggle. Game Nadal as he works his wet up to the net and Vesely doesn't bother running for a drop shot. 5:15PM Nadal* 6-3, 0-1 Vesely (*next server) Does Vesely have a plan B? He starts off with a serve, but Nadal takes us to 15-15 after forcing Vesely into another one of those troublesome rallies. Some big shouts from Vesely as we go 30-15 and Nadal misses a passing shot ... should've done better. 40-15 with a big serve. 40-30 and does Nadal have a look in here? No, game Vesely. 5:10PM Nadal 6-3 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal winning all the baseline rallies, and has capitalised when it matters on a odd poor Vesely service game. Another great rally and this time it's Vesely, who finds a way past Nadal from the baseline. Much better from Vesely as he takes Nadal into another bsaeline rally, but when it comes to the net Nadal seals it with a drop. And it's game as Vesely nets. Nadal takes first set 6-3 5:06PM Nadal* 5-3 Vesely (*next server) Nadal fights to make it 30-15, but Vesely sveres and volley his way to game point. The big man gets a lot of let service chords as the tennis ball just forces it's way over the net most of the time. He takes the game with an easy hold. 5:02PM Nadal 5-2 Vesely* (*next server) A rally! An actual rally! Nadal wins it though, and then seals with an ace. Another Nadal service game to love. 5:00PM Nadal* 4-2 Vesely (*next server) Vesely a bit of a one-trick pony at the moment, but his serve is causing Nadal a few problems, especially when the return comes short. A monster serve almost breaks Nadal's racket for 40-15. Repeat, and it's game. 4:56PM Nadal 4-1 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal races to 40-0 and that hardly constitutes a game. Vesely not doing enough on the Nadal serve at all. There are very few rallies in this one. 4:54PM Nadal* 3-1 Vesely (*next server) Nadal is back on court two seconds before the umpire calls time. Scenes. Nadal gets his first point off the Vesely serve after the Czech faults, but Vesely follows up with a ridiculous ace. A massive second serve and it's 30-15. 113mph. Wow. Nadal basically in the crowd to receive this serve, but it works for 30-30. The pair exchange unforced errors for deuce, and Nadal somehow gets back a monster Vesely serve, which takes him by such surprise he whacks it ride. Break point. Double fault! Oh Dear. Nadal breaks 4:47PM Nadal 2-1 Vesely* (*next server) Vesely gets a point on the Nadal serve, and almost has two but Nadal sends a forehands past him at the net. Vesely then looks to pass Nadal but the two-time champion reaches it and takes us to 40-15. A cross-court forehand and it's game Nadal. 4:43PM Nadal 1-1 Vesely* (*next server) It's big. Nadal barely gets a racket on this game. Another hold to love. 4:42PM Nadal 1-0 Vesely* (*next server) Nadal kicks us off with a wonderful drop shot. Very nice indeed. Vesely finds the net. Then an ace. Vesely long. That was quick. Now let's see that Vesely serve. 4:39PM Nadal* 0-0 Vesely (*next server) Rafa to serve 4:35PM Nadal must behave Rafael Nadal warned twice for delays in the last round, as his pre-game, mid-game, post-game routines took a little too long for the umpire's liking. I remember having to take my watch off during Physical Education at school. Perhaps it's not Rafa's fault? 4:31PM Players emerge Here we go. Rafael Nadal an icon of concentration. Vesely waiting for him at the net ... surprise! 4:25PM Rafael Nadal takes to Centre Court 10 years ago, Wimbledon saw one of the greatest finals ever, as Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's remarkable run to claim his first title in five breathtaking sets. This year, there's talk of a rematch ... Both men raced into the last 16 without dropping a set, with Roger Federer now into the quarter-finals having faced his first break-point earlier today in a straight sets victory over Adrian Mannarino. The Swiss has been imperious even by his standards, but Nadal is keeping pace, and might be the only player equipped to stop Federer in his tracks. Although Nadal's spent a little longer on court, he is on the verge of his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011, having managed to work up some early tournament momentum that has deserted him in the past, and the Spaniard will be a big favourite today. Rafael Nadal is battling to reach his first quarter-finals in seven years Credit: Action Plus The man standing in his way is Czech Jiri Vesely, world No 102, who's equaled his best ever showing at a Grand Slam by reaching the 4th round. He stands tall at 6 ft 6 inches and will look to exploit Nadal's relative 'weakness' on grass with some big serves that'll zoom off the Centre Court turf. But as we know, Nadal can hit a pretty sweet forehand himself, and will fancy himself as the rallies get longer. The two have played just once before, in 2015 in Hamburg, which Nadal took in straight sets. The world wants a Federer vs Nadal final, but don't start dreaming just yet. This won't be easy.
The 25-year-old joins the Bundesliga side after a difficult season with Hamburg in which he scored just three goals in total
U.S. striker Wood joins Hannover on season-long loan
The 25-year-old joins the Bundesliga side after a difficult season with Hamburg in which he scored just three goals in total
FILE - In this Saturday, April 28, 2018 file photo, Hamburg's Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring during their German Bundesliga soccer match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany. United States striker Bobby Wood has moved to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV. Hannover says on Monday, July 9 the 25-year-old Wood is joining on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
US striker Wood joins Hannover on loan from Hamburger SV
FILE - In this Saturday, April 28, 2018 file photo, Hamburg's Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring during their German Bundesliga soccer match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany. United States striker Bobby Wood has moved to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV. Hannover says on Monday, July 9 the 25-year-old Wood is joining on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
FILE - In this Saturday, April 28, 2018 file photo, Hamburg's Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring during their German Bundesliga soccer match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany. United States striker Bobby Wood has moved to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV. Hannover says on Monday, July 9 the 25-year-old Wood is joining on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
FILE - In this Saturday, April 28, 2018 file photo, Hamburg's Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring during their German Bundesliga soccer match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany. United States striker Bobby Wood has moved to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV. Hannover says on Monday, July 9 the 25-year-old Wood is joining on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
FILE - In this Saturday, April 28, 2018 file photo, Hamburg's Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring during their German Bundesliga soccer match against VfL Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany. United States striker Bobby Wood has moved to Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated Hamburger SV. Hannover says on Monday, July 9 the 25-year-old Wood is joining on loan for one year, with the option to then make the switch permanent. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
The defender sheds light on his resolve to help The Red Shorts through their Bundesliga 2 campaign
Ghana target Jung explains decision to stay with relegated Hamburg
The defender sheds light on his resolve to help The Red Shorts through their Bundesliga 2 campaign
<p>The UFC on Saturday unveiled its schedule for the remainder of 2018.</p> <p>Notable in the remaining schedule is a confirmation that the promotion's September pay-per-view event will take place at America Airlines Arena in Dallas. There had been conflicting reports that the Sept. 8 event might take place in Las Vegas, but the issue is now settled.</p> <p>Another standout for remaining schedule is UFC Fight Night 139, which will take place on Nov. 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, and serves as the UFC's 25th Anniversary Event in the city where it all started. </p> <p>UFC 1 took place at the now demolished McNichols Arena on Nov. 12, 1993. At UFC 1, the event was all about style vs. style in a tournament format where Royce Gracie defeated three men – Art Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock, and Gerard Gordeau – in one night.</p> <p><strong>TRENDING > <a href="https://www.mmaweekly.com/robert-whittaker-to-coach-tuf-28-opposite-kelvin-gastelum-then-fight-him" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Robert Whittaker to Coach TUF 28 Opposite Kelvin Gastelum Then Fight Him" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Robert Whittaker to Coach TUF 28 Opposite Kelvin Gastelum Then Fight Him</a></strong></p> <h2><span>UFC 2018 Event Schedule</span></h2> <ul> <li><span>Saturday, July 14 – UFC Fight Night 133 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho</span></li> <li><span>Sunday, July 22 – UFC Fight Night 134 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, July 28 – UFC on FOX 30 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Aug. 4 – UFC 227 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Aug. 25 – UFC Fight Night 135 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Sept. 8 – UFC 228 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Sept. 15 – UFC Fight Night 136 at Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Sept. 22 – UFC Fight Night 137 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Oct. 6 – UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Oct. 27 – UFC Fight Night 138 at Moncton Events Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Nov. 3 – UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden in New York</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Nov. 10 – UFC Fight Night 139 at Pepsi Center in Denver (25th Anniversary Event)</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Nov. 17 – UFC Fight Night 140 at a location to be determined in South America</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Nov. 24 – UFC Fight Night 141 at a location to be determined in China</span></li> <li><span>Friday, Nov. 30 – The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale at Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Dec. 1 – UFC Fight Night 142 at Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Dec. 8 – UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto</span></li> <li><span>Saturday Dec. 15 – UFC Fight Night 143 at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee</span></li> <li><span>Saturday, Dec. 29 – UFC 232 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas</span></li> </ul>
UFC Unveils Remainder of 2018 Event Schedule, Including 25th Anniversary in Denver

The UFC on Saturday unveiled its schedule for the remainder of 2018.

Notable in the remaining schedule is a confirmation that the promotion's September pay-per-view event will take place at America Airlines Arena in Dallas. There had been conflicting reports that the Sept. 8 event might take place in Las Vegas, but the issue is now settled.

Another standout for remaining schedule is UFC Fight Night 139, which will take place on Nov. 10 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, and serves as the UFC's 25th Anniversary Event in the city where it all started.

UFC 1 took place at the now demolished McNichols Arena on Nov. 12, 1993. At UFC 1, the event was all about style vs. style in a tournament format where Royce Gracie defeated three men – Art Jimmerson, Ken Shamrock, and Gerard Gordeau – in one night.

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UFC 2018 Event Schedule

  • Saturday, July 14 – UFC Fight Night 133 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho
  • Sunday, July 22 – UFC Fight Night 134 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany
  • Saturday, July 28 – UFC on FOX 30 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 – UFC 227 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
  • Saturday, Aug. 25 – UFC Fight Night 135 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 – UFC 228 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 – UFC Fight Night 136 at Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow
  • Saturday, Sept. 22 – UFC Fight Night 137 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo
  • Saturday, Oct. 6 – UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
  • Saturday, Oct. 27 – UFC Fight Night 138 at Moncton Events Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 – UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden in New York
  • Saturday, Nov. 10 – UFC Fight Night 139 at Pepsi Center in Denver (25th Anniversary Event)
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 – UFC Fight Night 140 at a location to be determined in South America
  • Saturday, Nov. 24 – UFC Fight Night 141 at a location to be determined in China
  • Friday, Nov. 30 – The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale at Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas
  • Saturday, Dec. 1 – UFC Fight Night 142 at Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia
  • Saturday, Dec. 8 – UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto
  • Saturday Dec. 15 – UFC Fight Night 143 at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee
  • Saturday, Dec. 29 – UFC 232 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Alexander Zverev had said that as far as he was concerned the World Cup was over until 2022 due to Germany’s group-stage exit. Now his Wimbledon is over until 2019 after his shock third-round defeat against the Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis – another seed collapsing out of the Championships on Court No 1 after Simona Halep’s demise in the previous match. The 21-year-old Zverev, who was born in Hamburg to Russian parents, has been slated as the young pretender of the men’s game and as well as his father, also Alexander, acting as coach, he has recruited Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green to help develop his stamina – which he had proved, having won five consecutive five-setters en route to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month, his best result at a major tournament. However, this stamina was lacking and he seemed to tire and lose focus from the midpoint of the fourth set while he was up two sets to one. The explanation came as being a stomach bug he had picked up but had played through to beat Taylor Fritz in the second round. Ernests Gulbis is through to the fourth round Credit: Reuters “I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, that probably had something to do with it,” said Zverev who looked pale and wane, speaking after the match. “It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set and there was no going back there for me.” Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback. Yet the player is taking it in his stride. “This is sports, you can’t really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I’m going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly. “I actually started off well. I had break points in the beginning of the fourth. Unfortunately that’s it for me for this year. But I’ll be back.” Describing Gulbis as a 29-year-old ranked 138 in the world, could conjure the image of a journeyman scraping by. However, as the son of a Latvian oligarch, money has never been a motivating factor for one of the tour’s more eccentric characters, and he has the big-match experience having made the French Open semi-finals in 2014. He hit the headlines on Tuesday when he was fined £1,500 for “snapping” at a ball boy and for shouting at fans to “shut up” when he beat 19-year-old Briton Jay Clarke. In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known. It was in fact the young German who received an “obscenity warning” in the third set followed by an exchange with umpire that followed him smacking his racket against the net in frustration. Zverev started brightly, playing to his big serve, but Gulbis began to expose how the German is still not the complete player, particularly on his backhand slice. The went to a tie-break with Zverev losing his nerve and Gulbis won it convincingly 7-2. Gulbis embraces Zverev at the net Credit: Reuters Over the years Gulbis has repeatedly reinvented his forehand and Zverev took advantage of this in the second set, which was punctuated early on by a cry of “It’s coming home” upon news filtering through of England’s footballing win. Despite Gulbis continuing to mix his variety of shots in an attempt to confuse Zverev, the German took the second set 6-4. Gulbis had a chance to serve for the third set but Zverev ground him down in a powerful rally. The Latvian looked shaken and Zverev snatched back the initiative to go 2-1 up. Gulbis continued to play his tactical game in the fourth set, aiming delicate drop shots at Zverev which he could not cope with due to fatigue, and took it 6-3 to level the match. Gulbis continued his drop-shot tactics in the deciding set, causing Zverev to capitulate completely as he sealed a 6-0 whitewash.
Alexander Zverev says stomach bug didn't help his cause as he crashes out of Wimbledon
Alexander Zverev had said that as far as he was concerned the World Cup was over until 2022 due to Germany’s group-stage exit. Now his Wimbledon is over until 2019 after his shock third-round defeat against the Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis – another seed collapsing out of the Championships on Court No 1 after Simona Halep’s demise in the previous match. The 21-year-old Zverev, who was born in Hamburg to Russian parents, has been slated as the young pretender of the men’s game and as well as his father, also Alexander, acting as coach, he has recruited Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green to help develop his stamina – which he had proved, having won five consecutive five-setters en route to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month, his best result at a major tournament. However, this stamina was lacking and he seemed to tire and lose focus from the midpoint of the fourth set while he was up two sets to one. The explanation came as being a stomach bug he had picked up but had played through to beat Taylor Fritz in the second round. Ernests Gulbis is through to the fourth round Credit: Reuters “I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, that probably had something to do with it,” said Zverev who looked pale and wane, speaking after the match. “It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set and there was no going back there for me.” Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback. Yet the player is taking it in his stride. “This is sports, you can’t really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I’m going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly. “I actually started off well. I had break points in the beginning of the fourth. Unfortunately that’s it for me for this year. But I’ll be back.” Describing Gulbis as a 29-year-old ranked 138 in the world, could conjure the image of a journeyman scraping by. However, as the son of a Latvian oligarch, money has never been a motivating factor for one of the tour’s more eccentric characters, and he has the big-match experience having made the French Open semi-finals in 2014. He hit the headlines on Tuesday when he was fined £1,500 for “snapping” at a ball boy and for shouting at fans to “shut up” when he beat 19-year-old Briton Jay Clarke. In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known. It was in fact the young German who received an “obscenity warning” in the third set followed by an exchange with umpire that followed him smacking his racket against the net in frustration. Zverev started brightly, playing to his big serve, but Gulbis began to expose how the German is still not the complete player, particularly on his backhand slice. The went to a tie-break with Zverev losing his nerve and Gulbis won it convincingly 7-2. Gulbis embraces Zverev at the net Credit: Reuters Over the years Gulbis has repeatedly reinvented his forehand and Zverev took advantage of this in the second set, which was punctuated early on by a cry of “It’s coming home” upon news filtering through of England’s footballing win. Despite Gulbis continuing to mix his variety of shots in an attempt to confuse Zverev, the German took the second set 6-4. Gulbis had a chance to serve for the third set but Zverev ground him down in a powerful rally. The Latvian looked shaken and Zverev snatched back the initiative to go 2-1 up. Gulbis continued to play his tactical game in the fourth set, aiming delicate drop shots at Zverev which he could not cope with due to fatigue, and took it 6-3 to level the match. Gulbis continued his drop-shot tactics in the deciding set, causing Zverev to capitulate completely as he sealed a 6-0 whitewash.
Alexander Zverev had said that as far as he was concerned the World Cup was over until 2022 due to Germany’s group-stage exit. Now his Wimbledon is over until 2019 after his shock third-round defeat against the Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis – another seed collapsing out of the Championships on Court No 1 after Simona Halep’s demise in the previous match. The 21-year-old Zverev, who was born in Hamburg to Russian parents, has been slated as the young pretender of the men’s game and as well as his father, also Alexander, acting as coach, he has recruited Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green to help develop his stamina – which he had proved, having won five consecutive five-setters en route to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month, his best result at a major tournament. However, this stamina was lacking and he seemed to tire and lose focus from the midpoint of the fourth set while he was up two sets to one. The explanation came as being a stomach bug he had picked up but had played through to beat Taylor Fritz in the second round. Ernests Gulbis is through to the fourth round Credit: Reuters “I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, that probably had something to do with it,” said Zverev who looked pale and wane, speaking after the match. “It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set and there was no going back there for me.” Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback. Yet the player is taking it in his stride. “This is sports, you can’t really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I’m going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly. “I actually started off well. I had break points in the beginning of the fourth. Unfortunately that’s it for me for this year. But I’ll be back.” Describing Gulbis as a 29-year-old ranked 138 in the world, could conjure the image of a journeyman scraping by. However, as the son of a Latvian oligarch, money has never been a motivating factor for one of the tour’s more eccentric characters, and he has the big-match experience having made the French Open semi-finals in 2014. He hit the headlines on Tuesday when he was fined £1,500 for “snapping” at a ball boy and for shouting at fans to “shut up” when he beat 19-year-old Briton Jay Clarke. In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known. It was in fact the young German who received an “obscenity warning” in the third set followed by an exchange with umpire that followed him smacking his racket against the net in frustration. Zverev started brightly, playing to his big serve, but Gulbis began to expose how the German is still not the complete player, particularly on his backhand slice. The went to a tie-break with Zverev losing his nerve and Gulbis won it convincingly 7-2. Gulbis embraces Zverev at the net Credit: Reuters Over the years Gulbis has repeatedly reinvented his forehand and Zverev took advantage of this in the second set, which was punctuated early on by a cry of “It’s coming home” upon news filtering through of England’s footballing win. Despite Gulbis continuing to mix his variety of shots in an attempt to confuse Zverev, the German took the second set 6-4. Gulbis had a chance to serve for the third set but Zverev ground him down in a powerful rally. The Latvian looked shaken and Zverev snatched back the initiative to go 2-1 up. Gulbis continued to play his tactical game in the fourth set, aiming delicate drop shots at Zverev which he could not cope with due to fatigue, and took it 6-3 to level the match. Gulbis continued his drop-shot tactics in the deciding set, causing Zverev to capitulate completely as he sealed a 6-0 whitewash.
Alexander Zverev says stomach bug didn't help his cause as he crashes out of Wimbledon
Alexander Zverev had said that as far as he was concerned the World Cup was over until 2022 due to Germany’s group-stage exit. Now his Wimbledon is over until 2019 after his shock third-round defeat against the Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis – another seed collapsing out of the Championships on Court No 1 after Simona Halep’s demise in the previous match. The 21-year-old Zverev, who was born in Hamburg to Russian parents, has been slated as the young pretender of the men’s game and as well as his father, also Alexander, acting as coach, he has recruited Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green to help develop his stamina – which he had proved, having won five consecutive five-setters en route to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month, his best result at a major tournament. However, this stamina was lacking and he seemed to tire and lose focus from the midpoint of the fourth set while he was up two sets to one. The explanation came as being a stomach bug he had picked up but had played through to beat Taylor Fritz in the second round. Ernests Gulbis is through to the fourth round Credit: Reuters “I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, that probably had something to do with it,” said Zverev who looked pale and wane, speaking after the match. “It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set and there was no going back there for me.” Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback. Yet the player is taking it in his stride. “This is sports, you can’t really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I’m going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly. “I actually started off well. I had break points in the beginning of the fourth. Unfortunately that’s it for me for this year. But I’ll be back.” Describing Gulbis as a 29-year-old ranked 138 in the world, could conjure the image of a journeyman scraping by. However, as the son of a Latvian oligarch, money has never been a motivating factor for one of the tour’s more eccentric characters, and he has the big-match experience having made the French Open semi-finals in 2014. He hit the headlines on Tuesday when he was fined £1,500 for “snapping” at a ball boy and for shouting at fans to “shut up” when he beat 19-year-old Briton Jay Clarke. In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known. It was in fact the young German who received an “obscenity warning” in the third set followed by an exchange with umpire that followed him smacking his racket against the net in frustration. Zverev started brightly, playing to his big serve, but Gulbis began to expose how the German is still not the complete player, particularly on his backhand slice. The went to a tie-break with Zverev losing his nerve and Gulbis won it convincingly 7-2. Gulbis embraces Zverev at the net Credit: Reuters Over the years Gulbis has repeatedly reinvented his forehand and Zverev took advantage of this in the second set, which was punctuated early on by a cry of “It’s coming home” upon news filtering through of England’s footballing win. Despite Gulbis continuing to mix his variety of shots in an attempt to confuse Zverev, the German took the second set 6-4. Gulbis had a chance to serve for the third set but Zverev ground him down in a powerful rally. The Latvian looked shaken and Zverev snatched back the initiative to go 2-1 up. Gulbis continued to play his tactical game in the fourth set, aiming delicate drop shots at Zverev which he could not cope with due to fatigue, and took it 6-3 to level the match. Gulbis continued his drop-shot tactics in the deciding set, causing Zverev to capitulate completely as he sealed a 6-0 whitewash.
Alexander Zverev had said that as far as he was concerned the World Cup was over until 2022 due to Germany’s group-stage exit. Now his Wimbledon is over until 2019 after his shock third-round defeat against the Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis – another seed collapsing out of the Championships on Court No 1 after Simona Halep’s demise in the previous match. The 21-year-old Zverev, who was born in Hamburg to Russian parents, has been slated as the young pretender of the men’s game and as well as his father, also Alexander, acting as coach, he has recruited Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green to help develop his stamina – which he had proved, having won five consecutive five-setters en route to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month, his best result at a major tournament. However, this stamina was lacking and he seemed to tire and lose focus from the midpoint of the fourth set while he was up two sets to one. The explanation came as being a stomach bug he had picked up but had played through to beat Taylor Fritz in the second round. Ernests Gulbis is through to the fourth round Credit: Reuters “I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, that probably had something to do with it,” said Zverev who looked pale and wane, speaking after the match. “It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set and there was no going back there for me.” Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback. Yet the player is taking it in his stride. “This is sports, you can’t really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I’m going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly. “I actually started off well. I had break points in the beginning of the fourth. Unfortunately that’s it for me for this year. But I’ll be back.” Describing Gulbis as a 29-year-old ranked 138 in the world, could conjure the image of a journeyman scraping by. However, as the son of a Latvian oligarch, money has never been a motivating factor for one of the tour’s more eccentric characters, and he has the big-match experience having made the French Open semi-finals in 2014. He hit the headlines on Tuesday when he was fined £1,500 for “snapping” at a ball boy and for shouting at fans to “shut up” when he beat 19-year-old Briton Jay Clarke. In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known. It was in fact the young German who received an “obscenity warning” in the third set followed by an exchange with umpire that followed him smacking his racket against the net in frustration. Zverev started brightly, playing to his big serve, but Gulbis began to expose how the German is still not the complete player, particularly on his backhand slice. The went to a tie-break with Zverev losing his nerve and Gulbis won it convincingly 7-2. Gulbis embraces Zverev at the net Credit: Reuters Over the years Gulbis has repeatedly reinvented his forehand and Zverev took advantage of this in the second set, which was punctuated early on by a cry of “It’s coming home” upon news filtering through of England’s footballing win. Despite Gulbis continuing to mix his variety of shots in an attempt to confuse Zverev, the German took the second set 6-4. Gulbis had a chance to serve for the third set but Zverev ground him down in a powerful rally. The Latvian looked shaken and Zverev snatched back the initiative to go 2-1 up. Gulbis continued to play his tactical game in the fourth set, aiming delicate drop shots at Zverev which he could not cope with due to fatigue, and took it 6-3 to level the match. Gulbis continued his drop-shot tactics in the deciding set, causing Zverev to capitulate completely as he sealed a 6-0 whitewash.
Alexander Zverev says stomach bug didn't help his cause as he crashes out of Wimbledon
Alexander Zverev had said that as far as he was concerned the World Cup was over until 2022 due to Germany’s group-stage exit. Now his Wimbledon is over until 2019 after his shock third-round defeat against the Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis – another seed collapsing out of the Championships on Court No 1 after Simona Halep’s demise in the previous match. The 21-year-old Zverev, who was born in Hamburg to Russian parents, has been slated as the young pretender of the men’s game and as well as his father, also Alexander, acting as coach, he has recruited Andy Murray’s former fitness trainer Jez Green to help develop his stamina – which he had proved, having won five consecutive five-setters en route to the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month, his best result at a major tournament. However, this stamina was lacking and he seemed to tire and lose focus from the midpoint of the fourth set while he was up two sets to one. The explanation came as being a stomach bug he had picked up but had played through to beat Taylor Fritz in the second round. Ernests Gulbis is through to the fourth round Credit: Reuters “I was tired from probably having a stomach bug, not eating for over 24 hours, that probably had something to do with it,” said Zverev who looked pale and wane, speaking after the match. “It felt like somebody just unplugged me in the middle of the fourth set and there was no going back there for me.” Despite a string of wins on the ATP tour, including in Madrid and Munich this year, his form at the French Open and having reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, this latest defeat would seem to be a major setback. Yet the player is taking it in his stride. “This is sports, you can’t really plan things. Things happen. I thought after I won the third set, I’m going to get out with a win, I thought that honestly. “I actually started off well. I had break points in the beginning of the fourth. Unfortunately that’s it for me for this year. But I’ll be back.” Describing Gulbis as a 29-year-old ranked 138 in the world, could conjure the image of a journeyman scraping by. However, as the son of a Latvian oligarch, money has never been a motivating factor for one of the tour’s more eccentric characters, and he has the big-match experience having made the French Open semi-finals in 2014. He hit the headlines on Tuesday when he was fined £1,500 for “snapping” at a ball boy and for shouting at fans to “shut up” when he beat 19-year-old Briton Jay Clarke. In bombarding Zverev with drop shots, an aspect of the game the German struggles with, particularly as his backhand slice would be a weakness, Gulbis demonstrated a calm and steely determination in stark contrast to his unpredictable demeanour for which he is perhaps best known. It was in fact the young German who received an “obscenity warning” in the third set followed by an exchange with umpire that followed him smacking his racket against the net in frustration. Zverev started brightly, playing to his big serve, but Gulbis began to expose how the German is still not the complete player, particularly on his backhand slice. The went to a tie-break with Zverev losing his nerve and Gulbis won it convincingly 7-2. Gulbis embraces Zverev at the net Credit: Reuters Over the years Gulbis has repeatedly reinvented his forehand and Zverev took advantage of this in the second set, which was punctuated early on by a cry of “It’s coming home” upon news filtering through of England’s footballing win. Despite Gulbis continuing to mix his variety of shots in an attempt to confuse Zverev, the German took the second set 6-4. Gulbis had a chance to serve for the third set but Zverev ground him down in a powerful rally. The Latvian looked shaken and Zverev snatched back the initiative to go 2-1 up. Gulbis continued to play his tactical game in the fourth set, aiming delicate drop shots at Zverev which he could not cope with due to fatigue, and took it 6-3 to level the match. Gulbis continued his drop-shot tactics in the deciding set, causing Zverev to capitulate completely as he sealed a 6-0 whitewash.
AC Milan have signed former Dinamo Zagreb, Barcelona and Hamburg midfielder Alen Halilovic on a three-year deal.
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Sweden will go into Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against England with a clear instruction from their captain ringing in their ears: stop Harry Kane. Ahead of the sides’ showdown in Samara, Andreas Granqvist declared he and his team-mates would do “everything” possible to avoid becoming Kane’s latest victims at this summer’s tournament. The England captain has scored six goals from just nine shots to knock both Panama and Colombia out of Russia 2018, as well as setting Tunisia on the path to elimination. So it was no surprise to see Granqvist single out the Tottenham Hotspur star on Friday, with the defender admitting Sweden could not afford to give him a single chance. “We know, of course, that they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box,” the 33-year-old said. “So we need to be very strong in the box and try to make sure that they don’t get the service that they need.” He added of Kane: “He’s incredibly skilled, not just at penalties, but as a striker. He’s good at everything and it’s going to be a very tough match against him. But we’re going to do everything to stop him.” Stopping Kane could mean winning the set-piece battle between two of the tournament’s best exponents of dead-ball situations, with four of his goals - including two penalties - coming from corners. Sweden’s manager, Janne Andersson, said: “Set-piece situations will be one key factor. For the first time, I feel, we meet a country who is more or less on a par with us in that respect. So that’ll be a fight to get to the first ball.” Kane leads the World Cup with six goals Credit: AFP England supporters will expect nothing less than victory against a side ranked the second-worst of those teams left in the World Cup. But Gareth Southgate and his players know they face arguably their toughest test to date from a country who stunned Holland and Italy in qualifying, topped a finals group featuring Germany and Mexico, and beat sixth-ranked Switzerland in the last 16. All this despite boasting no star names since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired two years ago. Granqvist said: “We mightn’t have, on paper, the best team, or individuals. But, as a team, we’re very high achievers.” They have also proved something of an enigma for their opponents, who have not managed to crack what appears to be a straightforward 4-4-2 system. Andersson said: “I think there was a coach who said about their team once that they’re quite easy to analyse but quite difficult to beat. And I think that’s a right description for us.” World Cup whatsapp promo England’s recent record against Sweden is also poor to say the least but Andersson dismissed its significance out of hand given both squads had changed radically since they last met in 2012. He said: “We’re a completely different squad. So are they. So, anything that went before is not relevant.” Andersson was nevertheless thrilled to take on a country whose football he was raised on during the 1970s. “There was only one televised match a week back in those days,” he said, declaring himself “a huge fan” of the English game and specifically recalling Kenny Hibbitt’s exploits for Wolverhampton Wanderers. “I grew up with this. England was really my second nation, as it were. So that in itself is a wonderful feeling, to be faced with England now as the head coach of the Swedish team.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article One of Sweden’s English-based players, Sebastian Larsson, was expected to be recalled by Anderson for Saturday’s game after missing their win over Switzerland through suspension. Another ban, for right-back Mikael Lustig, should mean a first start of the tournament for Emil Krafth. Albin Ekdal has been passed fit following an X-ray on a foot problem, with Anderson declaring everybody else available. That included his captain, whose wife gave birth to a second daughter back in Sweden on Friday. Granqvist said: “I didn’t sleep very much last night, so I’m glad that it’s happened now. “My wife did a wonderful job back home. Everything went well. Both baby, my daughter, and wife are doing really well.” The centre-back, who decided to remain in Russia, added: “It’s a dream for every football player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup.” Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen (Copenhagen); Krafth (Bologna), Lindelöf (Man Utd), Granqvist (Krasnodar), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Claesson (Krasnodar), Larsson (Hull), Ekdal (Hamburg), Forsberg (Leipzig); Berg (Al Ain), Toivonen (Toulouse).
Sweden vow to do 'everything' to stop Harry Kane from scoring in Samara
Sweden will go into Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against England with a clear instruction from their captain ringing in their ears: stop Harry Kane. Ahead of the sides’ showdown in Samara, Andreas Granqvist declared he and his team-mates would do “everything” possible to avoid becoming Kane’s latest victims at this summer’s tournament. The England captain has scored six goals from just nine shots to knock both Panama and Colombia out of Russia 2018, as well as setting Tunisia on the path to elimination. So it was no surprise to see Granqvist single out the Tottenham Hotspur star on Friday, with the defender admitting Sweden could not afford to give him a single chance. “We know, of course, that they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box,” the 33-year-old said. “So we need to be very strong in the box and try to make sure that they don’t get the service that they need.” He added of Kane: “He’s incredibly skilled, not just at penalties, but as a striker. He’s good at everything and it’s going to be a very tough match against him. But we’re going to do everything to stop him.” Stopping Kane could mean winning the set-piece battle between two of the tournament’s best exponents of dead-ball situations, with four of his goals - including two penalties - coming from corners. Sweden’s manager, Janne Andersson, said: “Set-piece situations will be one key factor. For the first time, I feel, we meet a country who is more or less on a par with us in that respect. So that’ll be a fight to get to the first ball.” Kane leads the World Cup with six goals Credit: AFP England supporters will expect nothing less than victory against a side ranked the second-worst of those teams left in the World Cup. But Gareth Southgate and his players know they face arguably their toughest test to date from a country who stunned Holland and Italy in qualifying, topped a finals group featuring Germany and Mexico, and beat sixth-ranked Switzerland in the last 16. All this despite boasting no star names since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired two years ago. Granqvist said: “We mightn’t have, on paper, the best team, or individuals. But, as a team, we’re very high achievers.” They have also proved something of an enigma for their opponents, who have not managed to crack what appears to be a straightforward 4-4-2 system. Andersson said: “I think there was a coach who said about their team once that they’re quite easy to analyse but quite difficult to beat. And I think that’s a right description for us.” World Cup whatsapp promo England’s recent record against Sweden is also poor to say the least but Andersson dismissed its significance out of hand given both squads had changed radically since they last met in 2012. He said: “We’re a completely different squad. So are they. So, anything that went before is not relevant.” Andersson was nevertheless thrilled to take on a country whose football he was raised on during the 1970s. “There was only one televised match a week back in those days,” he said, declaring himself “a huge fan” of the English game and specifically recalling Kenny Hibbitt’s exploits for Wolverhampton Wanderers. “I grew up with this. England was really my second nation, as it were. So that in itself is a wonderful feeling, to be faced with England now as the head coach of the Swedish team.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article One of Sweden’s English-based players, Sebastian Larsson, was expected to be recalled by Anderson for Saturday’s game after missing their win over Switzerland through suspension. Another ban, for right-back Mikael Lustig, should mean a first start of the tournament for Emil Krafth. Albin Ekdal has been passed fit following an X-ray on a foot problem, with Anderson declaring everybody else available. That included his captain, whose wife gave birth to a second daughter back in Sweden on Friday. Granqvist said: “I didn’t sleep very much last night, so I’m glad that it’s happened now. “My wife did a wonderful job back home. Everything went well. Both baby, my daughter, and wife are doing really well.” The centre-back, who decided to remain in Russia, added: “It’s a dream for every football player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup.” Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen (Copenhagen); Krafth (Bologna), Lindelöf (Man Utd), Granqvist (Krasnodar), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Claesson (Krasnodar), Larsson (Hull), Ekdal (Hamburg), Forsberg (Leipzig); Berg (Al Ain), Toivonen (Toulouse).
Sweden will go into Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against England with a clear instruction from their captain ringing in their ears: stop Harry Kane. Ahead of the sides’ showdown in Samara, Andreas Granqvist declared he and his team-mates would do “everything” possible to avoid becoming Kane’s latest victims at this summer’s tournament. The England captain has scored six goals from just nine shots to knock both Panama and Colombia out of Russia 2018, as well as setting Tunisia on the path to elimination. So it was no surprise to see Granqvist single out the Tottenham Hotspur star on Friday, with the defender admitting Sweden could not afford to give him a single chance. “We know, of course, that they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box,” the 33-year-old said. “So we need to be very strong in the box and try to make sure that they don’t get the service that they need.” He added of Kane: “He’s incredibly skilled, not just at penalties, but as a striker. He’s good at everything and it’s going to be a very tough match against him. But we’re going to do everything to stop him.” Stopping Kane could mean winning the set-piece battle between two of the tournament’s best exponents of dead-ball situations, with four of his goals - including two penalties - coming from corners. Sweden’s manager, Janne Andersson, said: “Set-piece situations will be one key factor. For the first time, I feel, we meet a country who is more or less on a par with us in that respect. So that’ll be a fight to get to the first ball.” Kane leads the World Cup with six goals Credit: AFP England supporters will expect nothing less than victory against a side ranked the second-worst of those teams left in the World Cup. But Gareth Southgate and his players know they face arguably their toughest test to date from a country who stunned Holland and Italy in qualifying, topped a finals group featuring Germany and Mexico, and beat sixth-ranked Switzerland in the last 16. All this despite boasting no star names since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired two years ago. Granqvist said: “We mightn’t have, on paper, the best team, or individuals. But, as a team, we’re very high achievers.” They have also proved something of an enigma for their opponents, who have not managed to crack what appears to be a straightforward 4-4-2 system. Andersson said: “I think there was a coach who said about their team once that they’re quite easy to analyse but quite difficult to beat. And I think that’s a right description for us.” World Cup whatsapp promo England’s recent record against Sweden is also poor to say the least but Andersson dismissed its significance out of hand given both squads had changed radically since they last met in 2012. He said: “We’re a completely different squad. So are they. So, anything that went before is not relevant.” Andersson was nevertheless thrilled to take on a country whose football he was raised on during the 1970s. “There was only one televised match a week back in those days,” he said, declaring himself “a huge fan” of the English game and specifically recalling Kenny Hibbitt’s exploits for Wolverhampton Wanderers. “I grew up with this. England was really my second nation, as it were. So that in itself is a wonderful feeling, to be faced with England now as the head coach of the Swedish team.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article One of Sweden’s English-based players, Sebastian Larsson, was expected to be recalled by Anderson for Saturday’s game after missing their win over Switzerland through suspension. Another ban, for right-back Mikael Lustig, should mean a first start of the tournament for Emil Krafth. Albin Ekdal has been passed fit following an X-ray on a foot problem, with Anderson declaring everybody else available. That included his captain, whose wife gave birth to a second daughter back in Sweden on Friday. Granqvist said: “I didn’t sleep very much last night, so I’m glad that it’s happened now. “My wife did a wonderful job back home. Everything went well. Both baby, my daughter, and wife are doing really well.” The centre-back, who decided to remain in Russia, added: “It’s a dream for every football player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup.” Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen (Copenhagen); Krafth (Bologna), Lindelöf (Man Utd), Granqvist (Krasnodar), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Claesson (Krasnodar), Larsson (Hull), Ekdal (Hamburg), Forsberg (Leipzig); Berg (Al Ain), Toivonen (Toulouse).
Sweden vow to do 'everything' to stop Harry Kane from scoring in Samara
Sweden will go into Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against England with a clear instruction from their captain ringing in their ears: stop Harry Kane. Ahead of the sides’ showdown in Samara, Andreas Granqvist declared he and his team-mates would do “everything” possible to avoid becoming Kane’s latest victims at this summer’s tournament. The England captain has scored six goals from just nine shots to knock both Panama and Colombia out of Russia 2018, as well as setting Tunisia on the path to elimination. So it was no surprise to see Granqvist single out the Tottenham Hotspur star on Friday, with the defender admitting Sweden could not afford to give him a single chance. “We know, of course, that they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box,” the 33-year-old said. “So we need to be very strong in the box and try to make sure that they don’t get the service that they need.” He added of Kane: “He’s incredibly skilled, not just at penalties, but as a striker. He’s good at everything and it’s going to be a very tough match against him. But we’re going to do everything to stop him.” Stopping Kane could mean winning the set-piece battle between two of the tournament’s best exponents of dead-ball situations, with four of his goals - including two penalties - coming from corners. Sweden’s manager, Janne Andersson, said: “Set-piece situations will be one key factor. For the first time, I feel, we meet a country who is more or less on a par with us in that respect. So that’ll be a fight to get to the first ball.” Kane leads the World Cup with six goals Credit: AFP England supporters will expect nothing less than victory against a side ranked the second-worst of those teams left in the World Cup. But Gareth Southgate and his players know they face arguably their toughest test to date from a country who stunned Holland and Italy in qualifying, topped a finals group featuring Germany and Mexico, and beat sixth-ranked Switzerland in the last 16. All this despite boasting no star names since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired two years ago. Granqvist said: “We mightn’t have, on paper, the best team, or individuals. But, as a team, we’re very high achievers.” They have also proved something of an enigma for their opponents, who have not managed to crack what appears to be a straightforward 4-4-2 system. Andersson said: “I think there was a coach who said about their team once that they’re quite easy to analyse but quite difficult to beat. And I think that’s a right description for us.” World Cup whatsapp promo England’s recent record against Sweden is also poor to say the least but Andersson dismissed its significance out of hand given both squads had changed radically since they last met in 2012. He said: “We’re a completely different squad. So are they. So, anything that went before is not relevant.” Andersson was nevertheless thrilled to take on a country whose football he was raised on during the 1970s. “There was only one televised match a week back in those days,” he said, declaring himself “a huge fan” of the English game and specifically recalling Kenny Hibbitt’s exploits for Wolverhampton Wanderers. “I grew up with this. England was really my second nation, as it were. So that in itself is a wonderful feeling, to be faced with England now as the head coach of the Swedish team.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article One of Sweden’s English-based players, Sebastian Larsson, was expected to be recalled by Anderson for Saturday’s game after missing their win over Switzerland through suspension. Another ban, for right-back Mikael Lustig, should mean a first start of the tournament for Emil Krafth. Albin Ekdal has been passed fit following an X-ray on a foot problem, with Anderson declaring everybody else available. That included his captain, whose wife gave birth to a second daughter back in Sweden on Friday. Granqvist said: “I didn’t sleep very much last night, so I’m glad that it’s happened now. “My wife did a wonderful job back home. Everything went well. Both baby, my daughter, and wife are doing really well.” The centre-back, who decided to remain in Russia, added: “It’s a dream for every football player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup.” Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen (Copenhagen); Krafth (Bologna), Lindelöf (Man Utd), Granqvist (Krasnodar), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Claesson (Krasnodar), Larsson (Hull), Ekdal (Hamburg), Forsberg (Leipzig); Berg (Al Ain), Toivonen (Toulouse).
Sweden will go into Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against England with a clear instruction from their captain ringing in their ears: stop Harry Kane. Ahead of the sides’ showdown in Samara, Andreas Granqvist declared he and his team-mates would do “everything” possible to avoid becoming Kane’s latest victims at this summer’s tournament. The England captain has scored six goals from just nine shots to knock both Panama and Colombia out of Russia 2018, as well as setting Tunisia on the path to elimination. So it was no surprise to see Granqvist single out the Tottenham Hotspur star on Friday, with the defender admitting Sweden could not afford to give him a single chance. “We know, of course, that they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box,” the 33-year-old said. “So we need to be very strong in the box and try to make sure that they don’t get the service that they need.” He added of Kane: “He’s incredibly skilled, not just at penalties, but as a striker. He’s good at everything and it’s going to be a very tough match against him. But we’re going to do everything to stop him.” Stopping Kane could mean winning the set-piece battle between two of the tournament’s best exponents of dead-ball situations, with four of his goals - including two penalties - coming from corners. Sweden’s manager, Janne Andersson, said: “Set-piece situations will be one key factor. For the first time, I feel, we meet a country who is more or less on a par with us in that respect. So that’ll be a fight to get to the first ball.” England supporters will expect nothing less than victory against a side ranked the second-worst of those teams left in the World Cup. But Gareth Southgate and his players know they face arguably their toughest test to date from a country who stunned Holland and Italy in qualifying, topped a finals group featuring Germany and Mexico, and beat sixth-ranked Switzerland in the last 16. All this despite boasting no star names since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired two years ago. Granqvist said: “We mightn’t have, on paper, the best team, or individuals. But, as a team, we’re very high achievers.” They have also proved something of an enigma for their opponents, who have not managed to crack what appears to be a straightforward 4-4-2 system. Andersson said: “I think there was a coach who said about their team once that they’re quite easy to analyse but quite difficult to beat. And I think that’s a right description for us.” World Cup whatsapp promo England’s recent record against Sweden is also poor to say the least but Andersson dismissed its significance out of hand given both squads had changed radically since they last met in 2012. He said: “We’re a completely different squad. So are they. So, anything that went before is not relevant.” Andersson was nevertheless thrilled to take on a country whose football he was raised on during the 1970s. “There was only one televised match a week back in those days,” he said, declaring himself “a huge fan” of the English game and specifically recalling Kenny Hibbitt’s exploits for Wolverhampton Wanderers. “I grew up with this. England was really my second nation, as it were. So that in itself is a wonderful feeling, to be faced with England now as the head coach of the Swedish team.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article One of Sweden’s English-based players, Sebastian Larsson, was expected to be recalled by Anderson for Saturday’s game after missing their win over Switzerland through suspension. Another ban, for right-back Mikael Lustig, should mean a first start of the tournament for Emil Krafth. Albin Ekdal has been passed fit following an X-ray on a foot problem, with Anderson declaring everybody else available. That included his captain, whose wife gave birth to a second daughter back in Sweden on Friday. Granqvist said: “I didn’t sleep very much last night, so I’m glad that it’s happened now. “My wife did a wonderful job back home. Everything went well. Both baby, my daughter, and wife are doing really well.” The centre-back, who decided to remain in Russia, added: “It’s a dream for every football player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup.” Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen (Copenhagen); Krafth (Bologna), Lindelöf (Man Utd), Granqvist (Krasnodar), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Claesson (Krasnodar), Larsson (Hull), Ekdal (Hamburg), Forsberg (Leipzig); Berg (Al Ain), Toivonen (Toulouse).
Sweden vow to do 'everything' to stop Harry Kane from scoring in Samara
Sweden will go into Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against England with a clear instruction from their captain ringing in their ears: stop Harry Kane. Ahead of the sides’ showdown in Samara, Andreas Granqvist declared he and his team-mates would do “everything” possible to avoid becoming Kane’s latest victims at this summer’s tournament. The England captain has scored six goals from just nine shots to knock both Panama and Colombia out of Russia 2018, as well as setting Tunisia on the path to elimination. So it was no surprise to see Granqvist single out the Tottenham Hotspur star on Friday, with the defender admitting Sweden could not afford to give him a single chance. “We know, of course, that they have Harry Kane, who is really dangerous in the penalty box,” the 33-year-old said. “So we need to be very strong in the box and try to make sure that they don’t get the service that they need.” He added of Kane: “He’s incredibly skilled, not just at penalties, but as a striker. He’s good at everything and it’s going to be a very tough match against him. But we’re going to do everything to stop him.” Stopping Kane could mean winning the set-piece battle between two of the tournament’s best exponents of dead-ball situations, with four of his goals - including two penalties - coming from corners. Sweden’s manager, Janne Andersson, said: “Set-piece situations will be one key factor. For the first time, I feel, we meet a country who is more or less on a par with us in that respect. So that’ll be a fight to get to the first ball.” England supporters will expect nothing less than victory against a side ranked the second-worst of those teams left in the World Cup. But Gareth Southgate and his players know they face arguably their toughest test to date from a country who stunned Holland and Italy in qualifying, topped a finals group featuring Germany and Mexico, and beat sixth-ranked Switzerland in the last 16. All this despite boasting no star names since Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired two years ago. Granqvist said: “We mightn’t have, on paper, the best team, or individuals. But, as a team, we’re very high achievers.” They have also proved something of an enigma for their opponents, who have not managed to crack what appears to be a straightforward 4-4-2 system. Andersson said: “I think there was a coach who said about their team once that they’re quite easy to analyse but quite difficult to beat. And I think that’s a right description for us.” World Cup whatsapp promo England’s recent record against Sweden is also poor to say the least but Andersson dismissed its significance out of hand given both squads had changed radically since they last met in 2012. He said: “We’re a completely different squad. So are they. So, anything that went before is not relevant.” Andersson was nevertheless thrilled to take on a country whose football he was raised on during the 1970s. “There was only one televised match a week back in those days,” he said, declaring himself “a huge fan” of the English game and specifically recalling Kenny Hibbitt’s exploits for Wolverhampton Wanderers. “I grew up with this. England was really my second nation, as it were. So that in itself is a wonderful feeling, to be faced with England now as the head coach of the Swedish team.” WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article One of Sweden’s English-based players, Sebastian Larsson, was expected to be recalled by Anderson for Saturday’s game after missing their win over Switzerland through suspension. Another ban, for right-back Mikael Lustig, should mean a first start of the tournament for Emil Krafth. Albin Ekdal has been passed fit following an X-ray on a foot problem, with Anderson declaring everybody else available. That included his captain, whose wife gave birth to a second daughter back in Sweden on Friday. Granqvist said: “I didn’t sleep very much last night, so I’m glad that it’s happened now. “My wife did a wonderful job back home. Everything went well. Both baby, my daughter, and wife are doing really well.” The centre-back, who decided to remain in Russia, added: “It’s a dream for every football player to play a quarter-final in the World Cup.” Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen (Copenhagen); Krafth (Bologna), Lindelöf (Man Utd), Granqvist (Krasnodar), Augustinsson (Werder Bremen); Claesson (Krasnodar), Larsson (Hull), Ekdal (Hamburg), Forsberg (Leipzig); Berg (Al Ain), Toivonen (Toulouse).
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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Sweden will face England in World Cup quarter-finals as Emil Forsberg's deflected strike sends home Switzerland
World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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World Cup 2018 fixtures: schedule for the knockout round and full results so far Get Telegraph Football WhatsApp for in-match analysis and talking points throughout the World Cup Move over Zlatan. Swedish football has a new hero and, while it would be hard to imagine a greater ­contrast between the brash ­egocentric Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Janne Andersson, their understated national coach, there was only one name being loudly chanted in St Petersburg ahead of playing England for a place in the World Cup semi-final. “Oh, Janne, Janne! Janne, Janne Andersson!” Over and over it was sung, most vociferously by the ­several thousand Sweden fans who could not bring themselves to leave the Saint Petersburg Arena after a historic 1-0 win that also secured their first quarter-final since 1994. Andersson eventually re-emerged to take the ecstatic plaudits for a ­final time, before delivering a reminder to anyone in England who might still doubt their qualities. “Whatever other teams and countries think is not terribly interesting,” said Andersson. “We know we are a good team; we have earned our successes. It is full steam ahead and we are going to put in a bloody good match on Saturday.” A deflected second-half goal by Emil Forsberg had, ultimately, ­settled a match lacking in attacking quality but which, just for their sheer collective effort and organisation, Sweden deserved to win. It was also a stark reminder of one great truism in football about the importance of a team over even the most gifted of individuals. England vs Colombia, player ratings Rarely has that been more ­evident than in Russia these past three weeks. Ibrahimovic, after all, might have scored 62 goals in 116 international games, but he was still never part of a Sweden team that went beyond the last 16 of a World Cup. Andersson was, naturally, reluctant to mention Ibrahimovic by name, but his repeated emphasis on the ­collective felt telling. “It is the team for the team,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling to be in St Petersburg and have people calling out my name. If I am a symbol, I can live with that, but it is not one individual. It is a team sport and this team personifies that. Never forget that.” There was certainly plenty in Sweden’s approach from which Switzerland could learn. Ranked sixth in the world after a sequence of nine wins in qualifying, they still rarely looked like turning a predictable dominance of possession around Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri into goals or even clear chances. Phil Neville, summarising on the match for BBC, was ­especially critical in his assessment of Xhaka, who missed a chance to tackle Forsberg shortly before his shot deflected off Manuel Akanji for what was still a fortuitous winner. “Disgraceful,” said Neville. “He’s probably sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘I’ve had a good game ­today, I’ve passed it to my own players a couple of times sideways’. Sweden's players embrace at the final whistle Credit: afp “He cost his team the goal. He just lets him waltz across him. He’s a holding midfield player; he’s fake.” That was certainly not an accusation you could level at Sweden who, once ahead, simply reinforced what was already been a formidable defensive wall. It all left ­Switzerland invited to launch a flurry of late attacks but, even allowing for threatening headers from Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, they rarely looked likely to equalise. Indeed, Sweden very nearly doubled their lead in the final seconds when Martin Olsson broke clear and was pushed over by Michael Lang. The Switzerland defender was sent off and, only after a Video Assistant Referees review, was the incident deemed to have taken place outside the penalty area. Sweden, though, were through and, having already helped eliminate Holland, Italy and Germany respectively, don’t be fooled by their individual limitations. Whether the catalyst was the departure of Ibrahimovic or simply the arrival of Andersson, they are a team galvanised over these past two years. They are also far more than the sum of their parts. Forsberg said the result “brings tears to my eyes” and, from the Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic there was a further warning for England. “Of course Sweden have never been called favourites,” he said. “Everyone has been doubtful saying, they are mediocre. They are not. They are very powerful, united and have a good physical condition. When they score, they are an extremely tough nut to crack.” 5:06PM Jeremy Wilson's player ratings Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer 7 (B Monchengladbach); Lang 6 (B Monchengladbach), Djourou 6 (Antalyaspor), Akanji 5 (B Dortmund), Rodriguez 7 (AC Milan); Behrami 6 (Udinese), Xhaka 5 (Arsenal); Shaqiri 6 (Stoke), Dzemaili 5 (Bologna), Zuber 5 (Hoffenheim); Drmic 5 (B Monchengladbach) Sweden (4-4-2) Olsen 7 (Copenhagen); Lustig 6 (Celtic), Lindelof 8 (Man Utd), Granqvist 7 (Krasnodar), Augustinsson 6 (Werder Bremen); Claesson 6 (Krasnodar), Ekdal 6 (Hamburg), Svensson 6 (Seattle Sounders), Forsberg 7 (RBL); Berg 5 (Al-Ain), Toivonen 5 (Toulouse) 5:01PM And next up is... What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit 5:01PM Some lovely statistics for you Sweden have qualified for their first World Cup quarter-final since 1994. Switzerland have never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018). Sweden have won back to back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. This defeat was Switzerland’s first since October 2017 when they lost 2-0 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, ending a run of nine unbeaten matches. Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals. Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament. Eight of Sweden’s last nine World Cup goals have been scored in the second half of matches. Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellström in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. 4:59PM Phil Neville says Granit Xhaka is "a disgrace" He's probably sat in the dressing room thinking 'I've had a good game, I've passed sideways'. I think we see this week in week out, lack of discipline, he's just not my type of player. 4:57PM Plenty of shots Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal But none of them were any good. A serious lack of quality in front of goal and Sweden absolutely controlled that game despite not having the ball. That deep 4-4-2 works so well against teams who lack imagination and that sums up Switzerland. Average touch positions (0 min) Switzerland's only plan of attack today seems to have been 'cross it in and then... you know... just score?' Switzerland crosses 4:53PM FULL TIME Sweden have done it! They are through to the quarter final! 4:52PM NO PENALTY! The red card stands but the referee has ruled it's a free-kick. It's the correct decision. 4:51PM RED CARD FOR LANG And there's controversy too. It looks like the foul took place outside the box and Olsson fell down inside. VAR has made a decision... what will it be? 4:49PM 90 mins+3 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 There's no time left, Switzerland keep chipping hopeful balls into the area but none of them are any good. It's so tepid! They need to be faster, more decisive.. but Sweden are defending superbly. And now they're on the counter! Olsson is in! HE'S THROUGH! LAST MAN... AND HE'S GONE DOWN! PENALTY TO SWEDEN! 4:48PM 90 mins +2 - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez crosses in and SEFEROVIC WINS THE HEADER! Oooooh that's a great save by the goalkeeper! Seferovic did so well to get ahead of the goalkeeper and head that. 4:46PM 90 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden win a corner, take forever to decide who'll take it, then go short and an attempt to kick the ball off a defender and win another corner doesn't work. Switzerland can get up the pitch and do. Djourou chips over the defence and gives away a goal kick. Really poor. Well, it should have been but the referee thinks it's a throw. Berg comes off for Thelin. 4:44PM 88 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts too much on ANOTHER chipped ball into the box from wide right and ends a good spell of pressure. Sweden will take their time with this goal kick... and launch it far up the pitch. Switzerland come right back at them until they give possession away and Sweden work a brilliant one touch pass move to get out of their own defensive third and win a throw-in near Switzerland's. 4:42PM 86 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal This is Switzerland's shot map. They're still absolutely no closer to scoring. Olsson goes down easily as Behrami chases him and gives away a goal kick. Behrami is furious with him for falling down under no pressure. To be fair, it is cheating. Rodriguez twists and turns inside the penalty area and forces a corner. All of Switzerland's best attacks coming down the left but the best delivery is from Shaqiri on the right. Sweden have everyone behind the ball. 4:40PM 84 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo is really making things happen down that left wing. He's really quick and has caused problems and a bit of unease at the back down that side. 4:38PM 82 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right but again nobody can get a touch to it and Sweden survive. Switzerland have really turned up the effort and are moving the ball much quicker, putting far more behind their attacking moves. Sweden take Forsberg off and send on Olsson. Lustig off, Krafth on. 4:36PM 80 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Embolo, on as a substitute for Zuber, comes to life on the left wing and sprints past the defender. Switzerland have changed to a 4-4-2 or something similar and have Sweden pinned back. It's going to be a long 10 minutes. The corner comes in, headed at goal AND CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Switzerland getting closer. 4:33PM 77 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's Sommer's view of Forsberg's shot taking a massive deflection off Akanji. Claesson has just put in a dive worse than anything Neymar has done this World Cup, rolling to the floor as he tries to get a shot away from inside the box. 4:31PM 76 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is the only Swiss player who looks capable of creating chances to score. He chips a fantastic wee ball over the defence in the path of Akanji but it goes out for a goal kick. 4:30PM 74 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's movement off the ball is still really poor. They're static, just standing around the box waiting for a cross and against this Swedish defence that just isn't a reliable source of goals. It's naive, boring, unimaginative and they need to change something. Sweden look more in control of the game without the ball than Switzerland do with it. Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland 4:28PM 72 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Akanji comes forward into midfield and has to make sure he doesn't lose the ball to Berg or Sweden can counter... and wins a free-kick. Rodriguez crosses... it's headed away and Shaqiri bends a shot towards the top corner, hits a defender and wins a corner. 4:25PM 69 mins - Sweden 1 Switzerland 0 Xhaka is booked for fouling Claesson. How will Switzerland react to that goal? They've been so poor in the final third and Sweden have reacted by pushing higher up the pitch. Ekdal turns his man and shoots from 25 yards but blasts it over the bar. Miss: Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Albin Ekdal, 69 min) Rodriguez shoots from a similar distance but hits it straight at Olsen. 4:22PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! FORSBERG HAS SCORED! Sweden 1 - 0 Switzerland (Emil Forsberg, 66 min) Brilliant from Forsberg! Sweden attack down the left, Forsberg runs across the box, fakes to shoot and wins the space he needs... then shoots. The shot is going straight at the goalkeeper but Akanji steps in and deflects it into the back of the net! 4:22PM 65 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Oh my god the final pass, final shot - everything that really matters - has been woeful from both teams. It's so poor it's making me genuinely angry. Switzerland are far too slow with their passing in the final third, Sweden can't cross or shoot, nobody seems to be able to keep the ball down if they do have a shot... Players have started to work out that they can go down under pressure and receive a free-kick now. So at the moment players twist and turn their marker, then drop to the floor once they're touched. 4:20PM 64 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are on the counter again! Forsberg skips up the left wing, Behrami fouls him again and honestly is lucky that's not a yellow. It's like the referee's just gone 'ahhh that's how Behrami plays, he likes to stop others playing' and that's just it. This free-kick is in a promising position on the corner of the penalty area. He can shoot or cross here and it might be a combination of both. He shoots and hits the wall. 4:18PM 62 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Three shots on target. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Xhaka has just missed the ball while trying to shoot on the edge of the area. Behrami has been booked for a clear foul during another Sweden counter-attack. Lawro is moaning about Behrami being shown a yellow. "If that's a booking the game's done," he says, missing the referee clearly explaining that the yellow is for a conglomeration of fouls. GIVE ME STRENGTH LORD 4:16PM 60 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson hasn't said anything for what feels like 15 minutes (probably 30 seconds). All you can hear is him coughing off-mic. AND HE'S BACK! To slag off the quality of shooting. Again, he's correct. 4:14PM 58 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka has some space, looks up and hits a long pass to the Sweden defence. Both teams are soooooo cautious. Come on lads. Do something! 4:11PM 56 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri is caught by Forsberg ahead of the Sweden box! The counter could be on here... but Shaqiri pulls him back and the referee doesn't see a foul. It definitely is. Credit: AFP 4:09PM 54 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Rodriguez has a bit of space on the left here. It's a great opportunity, he crosses in and Lindelof blocks. The Swedish wall is preventing everything getting into the area. Switzerland win four corners in a row but Sweden are organised and coping for now. 4:07PM 51 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden attack, Forsberg has to dribble around the referee and then Augustinsson crosses to the box. It's taken down, teed up for Toivonen to hit... and he smacks it over the bar. What is wrong with footballers shooting using this ball? Is it particularly light? Switzerland attack, the ball is whipped in and somehow nobody clears it! Shaqiri can't get there, it's hooked away and Sweden survive a mild panic. 4:04PM 48 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka goes into win the ball, does, and the referee thinks it's a free-kick. It's incredibly harsh and they'll be annoyed if Sweden can do something with this. The kick is sent into the area, it's headed away and Sweden keep up the pressure. 4:01PM KICK OFF 2 We're back. Goals please. 3:55PM A preview of tonight's game You may be aware that England are playing later. What England must be wary of in tricky Colombia clash - and what they can exploit Here's a tactical preview of it. 3:50PM Poor finishing making the difference here Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:49PM Team shape Average touch positions (half time) 3:48PM Not an enthralling half Alex Scott: "Sweden will be disappointed with themselves because they've created enough chances to be ahead" 3:46PM HALF TIME Shaqiri's free-kick is caught and nothing else really happens until the referee blows his whistle, except for Olsen punching clear a cross from wide left. 3:44PM 45 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Shaqiri puts another quality cross into the area but nobody in a red shirt reads it again. Switzerland win a free-kick wide of centre about 35 yards out. This might be the last chance before half time. 3:42PM 42 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Forsberg takes a free-kick from 25 yards in a knuckleball style, it comes off a head in the Swiss wall and the goalkeeper is goosed. The ball seems to move in slow motion as it bounces just wide of the post! Sweden keep up the pressure from the corner, Lustig finds space out wide and Ekdal turns up at the back post! He's free! This must be a goal... but he's slammed it over the bar from six yards! Dreadful effort. Lawrenson says he should have diving headed it. [M. Night Shyamalan twist] I agree with Mark Lawrenson. 3:39PM 40 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 I've found the perfect graphic to summarise this game so far. Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland are stepping it up a little as half time gets closer and this is a great move. The ball is wide left, cut back to the edge of the box and the shot comes in! It's struck with power but is launched over the bar. If that was on target it was going in! 3:37PM 38 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Possession: Sweden vs Switzerland Switzerland dominating possession, which is just how Sweden like it. Sweden vs Switzerland shots on goal 3:35PM 36 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka sends a long range effort over the bar. Credit: FIFA Sweden have a free-kick inside the centre-circle and send all the big guns up for it. It's headed away and then Switzerland are fouled at halfway. 3:33PM 34 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Mark Lawrenson seemed to be enjoying himself in the opening 25 minutes but has remembered he's supposed to be 'Eeyore 2: Denier Of Fun' and is now slagging the game off. "There's no chance it'll still be on when England's playing is there?" he says. 3:31PM 32 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Lustig misses an interception and is booked for bringing down Drmic immediately after. He'll miss the quarter final now and has a go at the referee for showing him yellow for that. Seems slightly harsh but it is probably a booking. Swiss players have gotten away with a few of those already and the Sweden manager is annoyed about it. They've not had a lot of referee luck so far. Rodriguez tries to catch out Olsen with a quick shot but the effort is poor. 3:29PM 30 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 The ball clearly comes off Forsberg's arm, play continues, Switzerland stop playing and Sweden keep going. The cross comes into the area, it's hooked back at goal by Berg... and Sommer makes a great save! He's at full stretch to turn that one away but then there's an offside and Switzerland survive. Attempt Saved: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 28 min) 3:26PM 27 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Xhaka slows to walking pace as Sweden drop back into their defensive shape. Switzerland aren't moving well off the ball. The strikers are dropping to link passes but that means others have to do the same or there just aren't any passing options. There is space between the lines of defence but Switzerland are playing wide to stretch the pitch and long balls to either flank give Sweden a chance to intercept. 3:24PM 24 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Behrami brings down Forsberg to stop the counter-attack and the referee's let him away with only a free-kick. He needs to stop that or the game's a guaranteed 0-0. The free-kick is sent into the box and Sommer does really well to claim it. Switzerland break, Shaqiri whips a fast cross into Zuber who meets the ball at the corner of the six yard box and heads over. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 24 min) 3:22PM 22 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland's passing is a little slow in Sweden's half and they have to keep going backwards due to the wall of players in their way. 3:19PM 20 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: FIFA Cool defending by Claesson. He heads back to Lustig to help clear the ball from danger as Shaqiri puts in another dangerous cross from the right wing. Shaqiri is definitely the threat. 3:18PM 18 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are blocking Switzerland at the halfway line, losing the ball near the box and then doing the same thing again. 3:16PM 16 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are pushing high up the pitch as Switzerland try to build from the back and it's causing all sorts of problems. Djourou doesn't look comfortable on the ball and it ends up going back to Sommer, who just boots down the field. 3:13PM 14 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Sweden are playing really well here. They're passing around the Switzerland final third like they're wearing the yellow of Brazil... and then Lustig tries a volley which he punts across the pitch to absolutely nobody. It's not a pass, a shot, a cross. 3:11PM 12 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili makes a run off the shoulder of the last man, Shaqiri spots it and chips a pass in his direction. Olsen comes off his line to claim it before that becomes a problem. 3:09PM 10 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 You can see Sweden's defensive shape clearly here. It's a 4-2-2-2 at times in attack, similar at halfway and then a deep 4-4-2 when in the defensive third. But now they're in attack mode! There's a great chance for Berg to shoot but he smashes it and ends up booting the ball miles over and wide. Out: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Marcus Berg, 8 min) Sommer takes the goal kick quickly and Sweden win it back! This is a massive a chance! A shot from 20 yards is blocked and then a volley from distance is struck with real power but flies over the bar. Switzerland nervous! 3:06PM 7 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have the ball in the final third, Sweden drop deep and win possession back. They try to break, Switzerland defend well and it's a goal kick. Both teams want to counter each other. 3:04PM 4 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 This is a surprisingly open start. Both teams have been in the opposition's final third already and Switzerland are passing their way around the right wing as I type. It's been given away though and Sweden want to break... Dzemaili immediately fouls Forsberg to stop that happening. We'll see a lot of that today. 3:01PM 2 mins - Sweden 0 Switzerland 0 An early slip gives Switzerland the chance to attack early on but Shaqiri's shot is not good. It's wide, in fact. Miss: Sweden 0 - 0 Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri, 1 min) 3:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Sweden get the game started. 2:56PM It's national anthem time Sing along! Sweden Sweden, Sweden Sweden OHHHH I LIKE SWEDEN. It's a great tune. And Switzerland's is good too. Swiiiiiiiitzerland, land of Swiss, let's all do the football oh it's SWITZ...ERRRR....Land. 2:52PM Alex Scott reckons this is going to be fairly dull "It's going to be like a chess match," she says. Gary Lineker asks if that means "drab". "Yes". 2:49PM Sweden's sports psychology advisor's take “It’s mostly the same routines and preparations but Janne Andersson needs to think of several outcomes. He and [the assistant coach] need to prepare a bit more for a match like this. And some of those things they will share with the players, while some they will keep for themselves.” 2:46PM Sweden targeting Granit Xhaka? He certainly seems to think so. Sweden appear to think there might be a way to push Switzerland's buttons and the big red one appears to be Xhaka... 2:37PM That's dedication Andreas Granqvist's wife is about to give birth but he's decided to stay in Russia in order to play today. He probably didn't expect to still be in the tournament... but it sounds like bad planning to me. That goes for you too Fabian Delph. To be clear, Granqvist's wife isn't Fabian Delph. I mean that Delph's wife is also expecting to give birth at any minute. 2:34PM FIFA World Rankings Switzerland are ranked sixth in the world (seriously), Sweden are ranked 24th. Both want to counter-attack each other and it could mean we're left watching two teams trying to get rid of the ball. 2:24PM This gallery is great All top-down aerial photos, in one place. The best aerial photography from the World Cup 2:16PM What stadium are we in today? World Cup 2018 stadium: Saint Petersburg Stadium It's a lovely place which, in real life, looks like this: Credit: GETTY IMAGES It's looking a tad sunnier since this was taken to be fair. 2:09PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 2:04PM Finally, some photos! Credit: GETTY IMAGES Been waiting forever for some actual photographs of fans and players and the stadium to come in and waddya know, now there are heaps. Looks like a good bit of fun too. Credit: TASS 1:56PM Starting lineups The teams are in for #SWESUI! #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/jx0DR3xlZy— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018 1:39PM Hello! Today's the big one. That's right - all the excitement, the hope, the buzz... in just a short while a game of huge importance kicks off. It's Sweden vs Switzerland! Later Colombia play against the South of Scotland but first we have a really difficult to predict game between perhaps the most underrated team in entire World Cup and the most over performing one. Switzerland are legitimately a very good team and could very easily find themselves in the final of the World Cup if nothing goes horribly wrong from now on. They can beat any of the teams in their side of the knock-out draw but that's where Sweden come in. They thrashed Mexico 3-0 in as comprehensive a display of solid, no-nonsense football as you'll see all tournament and had enough about them to beat South Korea too. Germany managed the exact opposite of that. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Are Sweden good? They have a few talented individuals - Emil Forsberg, Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist have all been excellent - but play as a real unit. An organised, deep 4-4-2, capable of springing quick counter-attacks and well prepared to take advantage of set pieces. In Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland have a player capable of opening up the game from nowhere. Sweden's low block will frustrate but all it will take is a moment of inspiration and the shape of the tie will change completely. I'm expecting a fairly tense, low-scoring game here with Sweden coming close but maybe lacking that little extra something to get over the edge. Switzerland won't destroy them but should have enough to get the job done as long as they stay focused and don't allow anything stupid to happen. This World Cup has thrown up some real surprises though and honestly, if Sweden win 4-0, it'll make sense. 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