By Izuchukwu Okosi
Sweden will meet the winner of England versus Colombia round of 16 fixture Tuesday night after they defeated Switzerland 1-0.
Man of the Match, Emil Forsberg, was the scorer of the decisive goal that came in the second half after a cagey first stanza.
The round of 16 clash was the first ever meeting between Sweden and Switzerland at a major tournament, despite having played each other 28 times previously, the last coming in a 1-1 draw in 2002 in a friendly match in Malmo.
Marcos Berg blasted his 8th minute shot at the edge of the Swiss box.
Switzerland launched a counter in the 23rd minute but Steven Zuber’s final ball after a promising Xherdan Shaqiri cross was disappointing.
Berg was also denied twenty minutes later as his half volley was palmed to the corner by Swiss keeper Yann Sommer.
Blerim Dzemaili blasted a 38th minute shot wide while Sweden’s Albin Egdal missed a similar chance at the other end, his second clear cut scoring opportunity in the match at that point.
Forsberg got Sweden’s goal in the 66th minute via a low shit at the edge of the Swiss’ box with the ball hitting Nigerian born Manuel Akanji on its way to the net albeit the midfielder was credited with the goal as it was on target.
Substitute Breel Embolo’s header from who a corner kick was cleared off the line by Forsberg who was subbed off ten minutes to full time.
Switzerland’s Michael Lang was red carded in the 90th minute as he fouled Martin Olsson who was bearing down at goal. Initially the verdict was penalty but after a review by the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) it was considered not to be a penalty but the red card still stood.
And Switzerland could not force the game to go into extra time as goalkeeper Robin Olson got down to save a tricky ball.