Emotional Emil Forsberg proud of Sweden’s achievement at World Cup 2018

first_imgSweden star Emil Forsberg was elated after Sweden’s 1-0 win over Switzerland at St. Petersburg on Tuesday.With the 1-0 win, Sweden moved into the quarters of the World Cup after a gap of 24 years and the RB Leipzig midfielder was an emotional man after helping his team win the match.”It just means so much to me that we managed to win again in such an extraordinary way. We didn’t give Switzerland many chances at all. To see what we’re achieving together, it just brings tears to my eyes and makes me so proud,” said Forsberg.He went onto add that he believes the team are on the right track and can get even better.Sweden reach World Cup quarter-finals after 24 years”If we get everything right, we know we can be really good both in defence and attack. We’re in the quarter-finals now and that’s proof that we’re doing something very well.” Janne Andersson said that Sweden need to get better in their upcoming matches (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCoach Janne Andersson however, is not getting overboard with the celebrations. He says that the victory was great but there is room for improvement.”We know that we are a good team and that we have earned our successes. We’re all very happy about the successes we have seen so far. But we need to digest this quickly as we have another game coming up soon, on Saturday.”It’s all about the process right now and it’s full steam ahead for us. We’re not satisfied with what we’ve done – we want to win the next match too,” said the Sweden coach.advertisementAnd, with either of England or Colombia awaiting in the next round for the Swedes, their level of football definitely needs to go up if they wish to progress to the semis.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESweden scraped their way into the next round after Emil Forsberg’s heavily deflected shot gave them a 1-0 lead in the scrappy last-16 contest.Forsberg was allowed time to tee up his shot on the edge of the penalty area and, although goalkeeper Yann Sommer appeared to have it covered, Swiss defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot and deflected it into the corner of the net.Sweden created more chances than their more refined but disappointing opponents and could have won more easily but for some wayward finishing.Albin Ekdal should have put the Swedes ahead before halftime when Mikael Lustig’s cross found him unmarked at the far post, but he contrived to fire high and wide for a glaring miss.Switzerland had the lion’s share of possession but were toothless in attack, and bowed out in dispiriting fashion after registering four shots on target over 90 minutes, none of which unduly tested Robin Olsen in the Swedish goal.Boos and whistles rang around the St Petersburg stadium as early as the 25th minute, with both Swedish and Swiss fans alike left irate by the lack of quality and attacking verve on display.The teams went into the interval locked in a goalless stalemate, with Sweden just about shading their opponents in terms of the quality of the few clear chances created.The second half started in a similarly stultifying manner, with play bogged down in midfield and both sides looking to be inching inevitably towards extra time and a penalty shootout until Forsberg struck in the 66th minute to inject a flicker of life into the contest.Switzerland came to life after the goal but Sweden defended stoutly and looked threatening on the counter-attack.They broke through the Swiss cordon in extra time when the substitute Martin Olsson was released into space and brought down just outside the box.The referee first awarded a penalty but then changed his mind after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) to award a free kick, but Sommer saved Ola Toivonen’s effort.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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