Albin Ekdal knows that an open network failed. (Giuseppe Cacade / AFP / Getty Images)
Sweden 0, Switzerland 0
St. Petersburg Arena, St. Petersburg
Switzerland is pushing in the 52nd minute, but, like the flood of Sweden before him, nothing comes of that.
With the possibility after the failure of chance, tensions are beginning to increase. The Swedes beg for a visit to Xherdan Shakiri for his game against Emil Forsberg, to no avail.
Sweden and Switzerland have a goalless draw in the locker room at halftime. Each side has had its opportunities in what has been a tight first half. As expected, the defense was the story of the first half.
In the 38th minute, the Swiss Blerim Dzemaili fires a high shot over the crossbar in what appeared to be a great scoring opportunity for the whole world. Moments later, the Swedish Albin Ekdal has an opportunity in an open net, but throws a shocking pbad, receiving a pbad from Mikael Lustig and not converting. That stings, as shown by Ekdal's reaction.
Sweden has a barrage of activity against the Swiss goal in the 28th minute in a wild scene in which Yann Sommer achieves a save in a shot near Marcus Berg that went to the corner. Sweden is pushing well and Sommer is up to the challenge.
For Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri gets points for his creativity, running aside a couple of times, but his pbades have been inopportune.
After Switzerland controlled the From the beginning, Sweden is attacking Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer with shots, but can not find the net so far. The pitch is a bit slippery after the rain fell in St. Petersburg and the players are losing ground a bit at the beginning.
Nobody expects anything other than a pretty boring defensive battle in this round of 16 match. Which, given the way this World Cup has gone, probably means that the first World Cup meeting between these two teams will be a tremendously entertaining and high-scoring affair. Since both teams are at the open end of the group, everyone is aware that a place in the final is not possible.
Breel Embolo of Switzerland explained the learning curve of his team in this way: "Two years ago, we lost against Poland in the last 16 at Euro 2016. We learned that, the fact that we were able to lag twice. here in Russia it shows that we are ready for more. "
Switzerland dodged a bullet when Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka were fined instead of suspended for celebrating their goals against Serbia with a tribute to the Albanian flag. Even so, Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal), was also fined after the game of Serbia, and Fabian Schar will miss the game due to the previous yellow cards. The Swede Sebastian Larsson is suspended, which means that Gustav Svensson of the Seattle Sounders can start in midfield.
[Later: Colombia and England vie for the last quarterfinal spot]
Swedish coach Janne Andersson told reporters that "all players on the pitch are defenders" and that "they relate to each other and not where the opponents are. We do not run to chase our opponents."
Do not say that they did not warn you about the stylistic challenges that lie ahead. "We know what we have done before and that in football nothing is impossible if you work very hard," Ludwig Augustinsson told reporters.
Like Switzerland, Sweden has been working at this time. "This is something that we have built over the last two years and we fully believe in what we are doing," Larsson said. "We show again and again that we can make it difficult for any opponent we meet, we work hard and we feel very comfortable doing it."
Sweden has not advanced to the last eight places since 1994. Switzerland has not been a finalist since 1954. One of those droughts will end on Tuesday.
The alignments  Baby watch
The Swedish Andreas Granqvist may be a little worried because his wife, Sophie, must give birth to their second child in Sweden on the day of the game. You will cross your fingers so that maybe the doctors' calculations are over or so the baby has other ideas about the birth on this day.
"It's hard to go home when you have one last game to play," Granqvist told reporters. "Until now, nothing has happened at home, we know what the situation is like: my wife is very strong and she has many of her closest and dearest loved ones around her."
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Embolo from Switzerland traveled home for the birth of his son, but now he is back with the team, although it is not starting.
When: Tuesday, 10 am Eastern Time.
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The winner plays in England-Colombia winner in a match of quarterfinals at 10 am Saturday in Samara (Fox).
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- Previous results: defeated South Korea, 1-0. Lost in Germany, 2-1. He defeated Mexico, 3-0.
- Best final of the World Cup: Second place, 1958.
- Remarkable: This is the 50th game of the Swedish World Cup, making it the 11th team with so many. Only Mexico played in more matches of the World Cup without winning the tournament.
- FIFA World Ranking: 24. ELO World Ranking: 17.
- Previous results: Drew with Brazil, 1-1. Defeated Serbia, 2-1. Drew with Costa Rica, 2-2.
- Best final of the World Cup: Quarterfinals, 1934, 1938 and 1954.
- Remarkable: Eleven of the last 14 Swiss World Cup goals have been scored in the second half. Four of his five goals this year have come in the second half.
- FIFA World Ranking: 6. ELO World Ranking: 11.
Players to Follow
Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka attracted attention when they were fined instead of suspended for their tribute to the Albanian flag after scoring against Serbia. Shaqiri, who has a goal and an badist and leads Switzerland in shots, has been linked to Liverpool this summer. Andreas Granqvist leads Sweden in the post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic era; He has two goals in this tournament.
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