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Will it be Sweden or Switzerland who progress to the last eight of the World Cup

The first meeting between the nations at a major tournament simmered for 65 minutes in St Petersburg until Forsberg's fortunate strike handed Sweden a crucial lead.

Forsberg didn't get much power behind his shot and it was likely heading straight for Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Then, in a moment of despair, Michael Lang shoved Martin Olsson as he raced towards the goal, calling for a Sweden Penalty in the 92 minute.

Referee Damir Skomina had initially pointed to the spot, but after reviewing the incident with VAR decided that the contact was outside of the area and overturned his decision to instead award a free-kick.

If Vladimir Petkovic's side beat Sweden in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, they will become the first Swiss team in 64 years to qualify for the quarter-finals of football's biggest tournament. Switzerland will be without right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and central defender Fabian Schar while Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson is also out after picking up two yellow cards in the competition's first phase.

Forsberg has been Sweden's most promising player at this World Cup, but up to now has only shown glimpses of his true quality.

The best opportunities of the first half fell to Sweden but they were let down by poor finishing.

The oracle cat confidently approached a bowl with food with Switzerland's flag at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, and ate the food.

Sweden - Olsen 6, Lustig 6, Lindelof 7, Granqvist 8, Augustinsson 7, Ekdal 6, Forsberg 8, Svensson 6, Claesson 5, Berg 7, Toivonen 6.

The Swiss shook off the cagey start to drastically improve their team play and positioning, but they had only themselves to blame for wayward crosses and shots as displayed by Xhaka and Shaqiri.

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"If we've played 120 minutes we have a clear plan in place of what we're going to do, but I'm not going to enter into any more details". Marcus Berg found himself in a great position after being played in by an Ola Toivonen flick but he sliced wide.

Sweden is doing better at this World Cup than it ever did with Ibra.

Blerim Dzemaili took a shot well over the Sweden crossbar, but he got the ball on top of the box from a good build-up with scores remaining 0-0 after 38th minutes of action.

Xherdan Shaqiri looked to pull the strings for Switzerland and he imposed himself on the game early by delivering risky balls for Blerim Dzemaili and Josip Drmic, but neither could make the a lot of them.

Haris Seferovic came extremely close as the game went into injury time.

But anyone who has followed Switzerland closely over the past two years will not be surprised by the team's progress to the pre-quarterfinals, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We've worked this way throughout, we're continuing the same way, and what other teams and countries think about that is not terribly interesting".

"We're not satisfied with this: we want to win the next match as well".

All in all, the match was very far from being a classic, but the Swedes won't care about that.

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