03 Jul 2018 - 19:30 IST - Saint Petersburg Stadium
Round of 16 -
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Embolo since coming on has been running at the defenders which have meant the Swedish defense have had to make a few last ditch tackles to stop the Swiss from coming up with an equaliser. Sweden have been dogged in defense and have worked hard as a team but will want to look at the issues of being lose with possession in attack.
After the Swedes exchange a set of passes and look to build a good attacking move, Ekdal is closed down first at a place where he could have had a good shot on goal. Then the ball in to the box from the right was rather aimless. Pretty much sums up the game with both sides being wasteful in attack and have squandered more than a few good positions.
Brief panic in the Sweden penalty area as Shaqiri picks up a weighted pass from Josip Drmic. Sweden clear their lines. Some pressure from the Swiss on the Swedish defense as they have proceeded to take their fourth consecutive corner. Rodriguez and Shaqiri have been pinging in the crosses and Sweden can't get out from the back.
Forsberg picks up the ball in midfield and after dribbling past the ref and a couple of defenders, the ball is played out to the left. The cross swung in is dangerous but Ola Toivonen hacks a bouncing ball high over the Swiss bar after getting on the end of a knockdown to the cross into the penalty area.
Preview: Sweden are the underdogs going into their World Cup last 16 match with Switzerland but are counting on strategy and trust in the collective to help them reach the quarter-finals, their captain Andreas Granqvist said on Monday. Sweden face Switzerland in St Petersburg on Tuesday in what promises to be a game of fine margins. The Swiss came through Group E unbeaten, winning once and drawing twice to finish second behind Brazil, while Sweden, whose defensive style of play has been criticised in some quarters, topped Group F despite being beaten by Germany. "We know what got us this far," Granqvist told a news conference. "We know Switzerland have been playing really well over a long period of time. "They are the favourites for the match tomorrow and that we would in any way underestimate them is not even in the cards. We know what brought us here -- very strong collective defence and the courage to attack as well." With the teams evenly matched and neither boasting a wealth of attacking options, the tie could well be decided by a penalty shootout, and Sweden coach Janne Andersson said he had a plan for that eventuality. "It's my job to decide on the players who need to perform, in this case for the penalty shootout situation," the 55-year-old said. "We've talked about it in the squad... and I'm going to rank the players, the entire squad in terms of penalties. "We have a clear plan in place for what we're going to do, but I'm not going to enter into any more details." Granqvist, who has scored two penalties in Russia already, said he was confident of adding to that tally if it came down to it, but was hoping Sweden could prevail in normal time. "If we do get to penalties, Janne will decide the order and call the shots. I have absolutely no clue at this stage," he added. Beaten 2-1 by a last-gasp goal by 2014 champions Germany in the group stages, the Swedes were aggrieved over what they perceived to be excessive celebrations by the German coaching staff in front of their bench. Andersson criticised the Germans in the wake of that defeat, but both his captain and him denied they gloated over Germany's shocking failure to get out of their group. "I think it's unfortunate for Germany that they were eliminated," Andersson said. "As far as we're concerned we don't really worry about how other teams are doing. "There was absolutely no gloating whatsoever in terms of Germany or any other team for that matter."
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