Fifa World Cup 2018 Round of 16 team news & probable XIs

Achilles, a white-furred Hermitage male cat reputed to have psychic powers, has predicted that Switzerland's team will win a match vs Sweden in the FIFA World Cup's Round of 16 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

The first meeting between the nations at a major tournament simmered for 65 minutes in St Petersburg until Forsberg's fortunate strike handed Sweden a crucial lead.

In the 66 minute, their efforts paid off as Emil Forsberg picked up a pass on the edge of the penalty area and fired the ball, deflecting off of Swiss defender, Manuel Akanji, and into the net for an own goal.

Johan Djourou, the former Arsenal defender, replaced Schär, while Michael Lang came in for Lichtsteiner; he was then sent off for a foul on Martin Olsson in the dying minutes.

Referee Damir Skomina initially awarded a penalty but changed his decision after the intervention of the video assistant referees.

"I watched the game in Kosovo with all my relatives, it was very exciting but at the same time very stressful", Ragit told Reuters as Sweden set up a last-eight clash against England on Saturday.

That will not bother the Swedes, who have reached the last eight of this competition for the first time since 1994.

And Switzerland's lack of creativity in the middle helped them by and large.

Sweden - Olsen 6, Lustig 6, Lindelof 7, Granqvist 8, Augustinsson 7, Ekdal 6, Forsberg 8, Svensson 6, Claesson 5, Berg 7, Toivonen 6.

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Striker Marcus Berg snatched a shot off target too after Ola Toivonen's deft flick created the opening and had another effort blocked.

The Swiss team head into the final-16 after finishing second in the group stage behind Brazil, and are unbeaten so far in the tournament.

For Switzerland to be disappointed at a missed opportunity in a World Cup quarter final says a lot about the heights reached under Vladimir Petkovic over the past couple of years.

Switzerland looked to be more intent on seizing that opportunity at the outset, controlling possession in the first half and with much of the play flowing through Xherdan Shaqiri in midfield.

At the other end, Blerim Dzemaili wasted Switzerland's best chance when he fired over from 12 metres, while Xherdan Shaqiri had a awful day at the office, sending several diagonal balls from the wing sailing over the heads of his team-mates.

Haris Seferovic - Joined Drmic up front in the final 15 minutes and tested Robin Olsen with a header.

Overall, though, Switzerland are still a team very much on the up.

"We've worked this way throughout, we're continuing the same way, and what other teams and countries think about that is not terribly interesting". They were slightly less impressive in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica in their last match, their defense looking unusually vulnerable against the Central American outfit.

"There was something missing in that match from us but in all the games Sweden have been involved in, their opponents have had a hard time developing the emotions and momentum you need".

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