Forsberg delivers lone goal against Swiss as Sweden advances at World Cup


However, it was Lustig who picked up the first booking of the match, and it was to prove a costly one as it rules him out of Sweden's quarter-final clash.

Forsberg then struck 16 minutes into the second half.

So with all that considered, what did we learn? You can watch a Live Stream of the match via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

Instead Sweden are showing here in Russian Federation that there is life after the superstar striker.

Against Brazil and Serbia, Haris Seferovic started up top, but to no avail as he fired back-to-back blanks, with the latter match resulting in the Benfica forward being hauled off at half-time after failing to register a single shot. Now the duo will be expected to step up again, especially when they are up against a stern Swedish backline that has only conceded two goals in the competition so far.

Despite deploying two strikers in Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg, the system works by sitting off and stifling the opposition with a hardwired midfield and defensive line that looks to hit the two front men whenever possible.

Manager Janne Andersson has few star names in his squad but has built a well-organised team who defend well, are hard-working and have a strong team ethic.

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Forsberg and Sweden celebrate.

Switzerland had the lion's share of possession but were toothless in attack, and bowed out in dispiriting fashion after registering four shots on target over 90 minutes, none of which unduly tested Robin Olsen in the Swedish goal.

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.

Ranked sixth in the world and beaten only once since Euro 2016, Switzerland appeared to have enough talent to end Sweden's surprise run in the tournament but instead gave a meek display as they lost 1-0. Prior to the goal the RB Leipzig winger had attempted the most shots of any player in the competition without scoring a goal in Russian Federation.

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.

Emil Forsberg delivered the victor in the 66th minute when the RB Leipzig winger's shot from the edge of the penalty area was deflected past Yann Sommer.