The round up until now has provided us with pulsating matches full of high drama, first-class goals and one monumental comeback. By comparison, this contest at the St Petersburg Arena is the runt of the litter.

It wasn't pretty. It was, at least, well-matched.

Suspensions forced a selection reshuffle on both sides - for Sweden, Seattle Sounders midfielder Gustav Svensson came in for Sebastian Larsson.

There were two changes in the Swiss back-four, with Michael Lang and Johan Djourou filling in for Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar. Striker Josip Drmic, a scorer in their previous match against Costa Rica, was handed his first start of the tournament.

Neither side nor any individual player greatly impressed, but Sweden's defensive resolve yet again bore fruit, in the form of progression to the quarter-finals - a stage well beyond their expectations at the start of the tournament.

For Switzerland, it was a fourth consecutive knockout-stage match in a major competition in which they failed to score. With Drmic up front, and Scandinavia's very own Yellow Wall blocking their path, breaking that duck was never really on the cards.


Robert Olsen (GK) - 7

There's a reason Sweden had four clean sheets in their previous five games leading into this one. With his outfield teammates forming two rigid rows of four in front of him, Olsen enjoyed, largely, a fuss-free afternoon. 

Mikael Lustig (RB) - 6

Had an up-and-down first half. The up part was executing a fine defensive header under pressure to prevent a goal. The down part was picking up a cheap booking for a shirt-pull that rules him out of the quarter-final - although he may have missed it either way, as he hobbled off late in the second half. He also completed fewer than half his passes.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - 7

Repeatedly in the correct position to block Swiss crosses.

Andreas Granqvist (CB) - 8

Switzerland won only 46% of their aerial battles in the group stages while Sweden won 61%. - there was no danger of the captain being beaten today.

Ludwig Augustinsson (LB) - 6

A full-back he may be, but there was little attacking intent from the Werder Bremen full-back. This Swedish side are a conservative, but effective, unit.

Viktor Claessen (RW) - 7

Played an important role in the closing stages, digging in with the defensive job to help his teammates.

Gustav Svensson (CM) - 7

A physical presence, Svensson threw his weight around in the heart of the midfield battle and generally came away the winner. He was also well-composed when collecting the ball under pressure around his own box.

Albin Ekdal (RW) - 8

Guilty of wasting the clearest chance of the opening half, blazing over the bar from an excellent Lustig cross, but posted a fine passing ratio, though - 85% of his passes found their man.

Emil Forsberg (LW) - 6

A number of important passes were overhit or misdirected - and when he changed tact and attempted some individual dribbles, he was dispossessed with ease. So, he was having a frustrating afternoon until his slice of luck, in the 66th minute, when his low drive deflected into the roof of the Swiss net.

Marcus Berg (CF) - 5

His game got off to a worrying start as, from a great position, he spooned a shot almost impossibly high and wide. His passing wasn't any more effective. Subbed in the second half.

Ola Toivonen (CF) - 6

Aside from claiming the assist for Forsberg's winner, Toivonen had little impact in attack on his 32nd birthday. His powerful free-kick at the end of the match which was beaten away comfortably enough by Sommer.


Martin Olsson - 7

His pace on the counter-attack caused concern for Michael Lang - and eventually led to the Swiss defender's late dismissal.

Emil Krafth - 6

Came on willing to receive the ball and carry it forward to take the burden off of Sweden's defence.

Isaac Kiese Thelin - N/A

Introduced right at the end of the game to replace the flagging Lustig.


Yann Sommer (GK) - 7

A horribly misplaced clearance from the 29-year-old almost resulted in an early goal for Sweden, but he atoned for this with a fine stop at full stretch to deny a rare shot on target from Berg.

Michael Lang (RB) - 6

Sent off in injury time for bringing down the fresh-footed Martin Olsson, who had beaten him for pace. 

Johan Djourou (CB) - 6

The former Arsenal defender was reliable enough on his first appearance of the tournament - there were no great dramas against an opposition lacking in invention.

Manuel Akanji (CB) - 7

Came to Sommer's rescue early in the match with a great block. The Dortmund defender looked comfortable with any situation thrown his way, until he flicked out an all-too-casual left toe to block Forsberg's shot, which deflected off of him and in. He'd had a fine game up until that point.

Ricardo Rodriguez (LB) - 7

Played in a very advanced position for most of the match, attempting to link up with Steven Zuber down the left. He covered so much ground over the 90 minutes, but he was unable to make decisive inroads himself sue to Sweden's tight defensive set-up.

Valon Behrami (CM) - 5

A spectacularly unspectacular performance from the 33 year-old, who spent effectively the entirety of the match moving the ball from right to left, and left to right without really helping his team to get anywhere.

Granit Xhaka (CM) - 6

Like an expensive and well-crafted Swiss watch, Xhaka kept his midfield ticking over with a wide portfolio of passing which consistently hit their mark. On the flip-side, he was beaten scandalously easily by Forsberg for the wining goal, and picked up his first booking in Russia shortly afterwards.

Xherdan Shaqiri (RW) - 7

Had a routine and stuck to it in the first half: cutting inside from his right flank and delivering sweeping left-footed crosses towards onrushing team-mates. While these deliveries were good, it would have been nice to see him charge at Augustinsson and attempt to dribble past him.

Blerim Dzemaili (AMF) - 5

Blasted a very presentable chance high over Olsen's crossbar shortly before the break, and that was his only major contribution. Hauled off for Haris Seferovic as his team chased the game.

14 Steven Zuber (LW) - 7

Looked bright on the ball, taking opponents on one-on-one and shooting on sight. An excellent bit of pass-and-move put Dzemaili in on goal but the chance was wasted. Withdrawn for Breel Embolo.

19 Josip Drmic (CF) - 6

Durge from Drmic. He mustered a solitary shot, off-target.


Breel Embolo - 6

Full of positive running after his introduction, but he found nothing but dead ends with Sweden fully committed to standing firm and protecting their lead. 

Haris Seferovic - 6

Came closest to nabbing an equaliser, but his header from Rodriguez's cross was gathered well by Olsen.