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Forsberg struck on 66 minutes in St. Petersburg when his shot deflected off the right boot of Manuel Akanji and into the net, handing Sweden victory in a game characterized by poor finishing. Of these, only the Swiss are in the top 10 of Fifa's rankings.

Xherdan Shaqiri - Was the go-to player for his side and while a couple of his deliveries had alarm bells ringing in the Sweden box, his overall play was rather predictable.

Blerim Dzemaili should have done better when he blazed over from 16 yards out after running onto Zuber's cutback from the right on 39 minutes, and it nearly proved costly as the Blagult went close on two occasions moments later.

It's a contrast to Sweden's qualifying campaign, when they significantly outscored group rivals France, but, although Sebastian Larsson will return for their quarter-final after being banned against Switzerland and will add some creativity, set-pieces are likely to be their best chance of hurting England.

Die Nati grew in confidence as the half progressed and Ricardo Rodriguez tried to catch Olsen off his line in the 32nd minute with a free-kick on the left that lacked the power to beat the keeper, before Granit Xhaka was given time and space to line up a shot from 35 yards out that flew over the target two minutes later.

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A minute later Switzerland were up the other end of the field and nearly equalised. He was probably their best player in Russian Federation, alongside Xherdan Shaqiri, while Granit Xhaka helped them dictate the tempo of at least part of every game.

Sweden's incredible run at the World Cup has extended to a quarter-final berth as they defeated Switzerland 1-0 in the round of 16. England held a narrow win until the last minutes of the match, but missed.

Emil Forsberg's deflected effort had earlier sent Sweden through to the last eight for the first time since US 1994 as they edged Switzerland in an intriguing last 16 tie.

Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen has kept three clean sheets at the 2018 World Cup, a joint-record for a Swedish goalkeeper in World Cup finals history (also three clean sheets for Ronnie Hellstrom in 1974 and Karl Svensson in 1958). No other player had had more without scoring.

"We want to win the next match as well - if you start to lower the bar, the level of ambition, that's not going to make for satisfaction".

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There was still plenty of time for England to respond, but the players looked devoid of ideas and paralysed by fear. England had lost five successive shootouts before luck finally smiled on it at the compact Spartak Stadium.

There were few clear cut chances, mostly from the Swedish attackers.

"We have managed to bring together different cultures, different talents, different ideologies and they help us to play really good football", Petkovic told Eurosport. "But in the end it wasn't enough".

"I hope we can learn", said Shaqiri, who would still be only 31 and at his fourth World Cup in Qatar next time. We all work so hard for each other on and off the pitch. "We know we are a good team, that we've earned our successes - we know how we got this far", the 55-year-old explained. It's all about the process right now and it's full steam ahead for us.

"We've been very fortunate so far, that is true, but what we've seen throughout the tournament is that in spells we have been playing very well", Petkovic said on the eve of the match.

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However, he missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iran and failed to score in his side's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in their last-16 encounter.

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