Sweden overcame a dominant attacking performance by opponents Switzerland to advance into the Quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years.
Despite being out-possessed and out-shot, the Swedes held a solid defense coupled with good use of opportunity to beat Switzerland 1-0. The Blue and Yellow deflected and blocked 13 of Switzerland's 18 shots.
The Swiss spent much of the game attacking, but failed to capitalize on their abundance of shots. After spending most of the first half sitting dormant, Sweden organized an attacking run ending with strike by Emil Forsberg from outside of the box in the 66th minute. The RB Leipzig winger's shot ricocheted off of Swiss defender Manuel Akanji and into the net to give Sweden a 1-0 lead.
Switzerland's loss wasn't for the want of trying, but the team looked discomposed and lost for much of the game. Huge misses by Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo and Steven Zuber in the second half could have put the Swiss into the Quarterfinals for the fourth time in the team's history. Switzerland's frustration culminated in stoppage time when defender Michael Lang was given a red for fouling Sweden left-back Martin Olsson just outside of the box.
Sweden will face off against England, who advanced today against Columbia on penalty kicks, on Saturday at 7:00am PST.