No Zlatan? No problem for Sweden with Forsberg

Sweden reached the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994 when it beat Switzerland, 1-0,  in their round-of-16 match in St. Petersburg.

Emil Forsberg was the hero, breaking a scoreless deadlock when he took a pass from Ola Toivonen and broke free of his marker, Granit Xhaka, in the middle, firing a shot that deflected off Swiss defender Manuel Akanji's foot and into the goal in the 66th minute.

Later in the game, Forsberg saved Switzerland's best attempt when he cleared substitute Breel Embolo's header off the line.

Since Euro 2016 when Sweden went out with only one point -- and one goal scored -- in three games, Forsberg has taken over Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Swedish star though he lacks Ibra's size -- he's only 5-foot-9 -- and flash.

Forsberg's career took off when he moved to RB Leipzig, then in Germany's second division, in 2015. He helped RB Leipzig win promotion in 2016 and led the Bundesliga with 19 assists in its debut season in 2016-17.

Trivia. Every other quarterfinalist except host Russia has been to the final eight since the Swedes finished third in the USA-hosted World Cup. Russia never advanced out of the group stage until 2018. The former Soviet Union reached the quarterfinals in four straight World Cups (1958-70).
4 comments about "No Zlatan? No problem for Sweden with Forsberg".
  1. uffe gustafsson, July 3, 2018 at 9:58 p.m.

    No offence to slatan and he is in a place that will shine his personality as in galaxy.
    but Swedish team in Russia is comprised of a team that have no super star but a team of hard working players that give everything for each other’s and that Is how real fotball is played, not the super stars and most of em have gone home.
    dont be surprised if they go to the final!
    i know everyone want the super stars but it takes 11 plus players to win.

  2. R2 Dad replied, July 7, 2018 at 1 p.m.

    Well, end of the road for Sweden. You didn't need Zlatan until you needed him. At this level, hard-working team players are not enough. England v Sweden was a dire affair from both sides.

  3. Ginger Peeler, July 4, 2018 at 1 p.m.

    Good game! Fun to watch! I was wondering if you were smiling and enjoying one of your cigars afterward?

  4. uffe gustafsson, July 4, 2018 at 10:58 p.m.

    Ginger yes the cigar tasted extra well in the afternoon.
    especilly when England moved on.
    the English pundits already talking smack, as in 99-100 England will win. Think 23 Swedes have something to say about that.
    so wore yellow and blue on Saturday.

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