This deflection knocked Switzerland out of the World Cup

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The Swedes will next play either England or Colombia on Saturday (Sunday NZT) in Samara.

In a tightly contested matchup between two European sides, Sweden rode a second-half goal from Emil Forsberg to defeat Switzerland 1-0 in Saint Petersburg and clinch their first quarterfinal berth at a FIFA World Cup since 1994.

Eventually Sweden capitalized when their brightest spark, Forsberg, struck thanks to the deflection off the unfortunate Akanji.

Both teams were wasteful in possession and guilty of the sort of poor finishing and unimaginative midfield play that had boos and whistles ringing around the St Petersburg stadium from as early as the 25th minute.

But after 66 minutes the breakthrough came when Forsberg found space on the edge of the area, received a square pass and saw his scuffed strike clip off Akanji and sail high beyond Sommer.

In time added on, the Swiss were reduced to 10 men after Michael Lang denied Martin Olsson a clear sight on goal, as the Swedes progressed to their first quarterfinal spot since 1958.

England will take on Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals if they beat Colombia in Moscow tonight.

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Switzerland has not scored a goal in the knockout stage of a World Cup since their 7-5 loss to Austria in the quarter-finals of the 1954 World Cup which they hosted with their last ever knockout goal at a major tournament since 1954 being scored by Xherdan Shaqiri against Poland in Euro 2016.

The referee initially gave a penalty but changed his decision to a free-kick after a review.

Unfortunately for Switzerland fans, Petkovic's team talk inspiration failed to materialise as his side entered the second half without the same venom or verve they had demonstrated in their previous second-half appearances.

Switzerland twice went close to grabbing an equaliser, as Djourou's header dribbled agonisingly across the goal-line and substitute Haris Seferovic drew a late save from close range.

The afternoon's proceedings also witnessed the first competitive meeting between the two nations despite both sides previously locking horns on 29 occasions, with their last exchange coming in 2002. Svensson may return to the bench for the quarterfinal as Sebastian Larsson will be returning from suspension.

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In the first half, Lustig dragged a long-range attempt sideways and it went out for a throw-in. Then, in the second half, Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.

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