This deflection knocked Switzerland out of the World Cup

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates scoring a goal

Sweden's Mikael Lustig mocked Granit Xhaka's Albanian eagle celebration in training Credit MB Media

The Swiss team dominated possession, had more shots (18 to 12), but just couldn't break through a stingy Swedish defense, as the yellow and blue move on to face either England or Colombia on Saturday. Limited but with a highly effective game plan, the Swedes should not be underestimated.

Josip Drmic, the latest front man to be given the nod after scoring in a somewhat trivial match against Costa Rica on the final game of group proceedings, remains the only striker in their ranks to net during their time in Russian Federation.

They finished the game with 10 men after right back Michael Lang was sent off in stoppage time for a professional foul on Sweden substitute Martin Olsson.

The referee first awarded a penalty but then changed his mind after consulting the video assistant referee to award a free kick, but Sommer saved Ola Toivonen's effort.

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.

Albin Ekdal also drilled a shot over for Sweden as they began to get themselves on top but the game quickly developed into a contest of few clear-cut opportunities. Their long balls forward caused panic and they were more bullish in their tackling in midfield.

Switzerland pushed for an equaliser in the latter stages but neither Breel Embolo nor Haris Seferovic could find the net with late headers.

"We know we are a good team, that we've earned our successes - we know how we got this far".

"When they score a goal, it is always extremely hard to crack that tough nut".

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.

The teams went into the interval goalless and the second half started in a similarly stultifying manner, with the game looking like it was inching inevitably towards extra time and potentially a penalty shootout.

In team news, Sebastian Larsson will be unavailable through suspension.

In the first half, Lustig dragged a long-range attempt sideways and it went out for a throw-in.

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist chose to play even though his wife, Sofie, was due to give birth to the couple's second child on Tuesday.

The Europeans have in fact fired first-half blanks on three occasions now, against Brazil, Serbia and Sweden respectively; their only strike within the first 45 minutes came against minnows Costa Rica after the nation had already guaranteed their qualification to the knock-out rounds.

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