FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Sweden

Sweden extended their stay in Russia until at least the end of the week with a comfortable 1-0 win over Switzerland and like every game, there are loads to ponder upon before the next game. Here are the talking points from yesterday’s clash at Saint. Petersburg.

FINALLY FORSBERG

Emil Forsberg finally kicked his World Cup into life and put in his best performance of the World Cup so far and was rewarded with a goal albeit it came off a deflection. He’ll take it whichever way it comes and would not mind even if it was not credited to him. The pressure was getting to the Leipzig star and the tears at the final whistle showed what it meant to him. Before the game, Emil Forsberg had taken the second most shots at the World Cup without finding the back of the net, behind only his teammate Marcus Berg. Don’t worry about Berg, he is saving himself for the English.

CLEAN SHEETS RUN CONTINUES

Sweden have one of the best defences at the World Cup so far and have conceded only twice, both in the game against Germany. The cleansheet against the Swiss means that Sweden have three clean sheets in four games, a run that is matched only by the imperious Uruguayan defence. That speaks volumes about the performances the Swedish backline have put in over the course of the World Cup. Lead by the brilliant Granqvist and ably deputized by Lindelof and Janssen, the backline has been a metaphorical rock for even the best of attacks. They will be very sternly tested by the English but a clean sheet in that game should in all likelihood get Sweden the result they desire.

GRANQVIST’S GAME BY THE NUMBERS

Granqvist once again filled up the defensive stat line with his commanding performance against Switzerland.

Clearances: 7
Blocked Shots: 2
Interceptions: 1
Dribbled Past: 0

Granqvist also had an excellent game with the ball and had a pass completion rate of 77%. He also completed 5 out of 6 attempted long balls. His passing rate was bettered only by Victor Lindelof and Albin Ekdal.

FORSBERG’S GAME BY THE NUMBERS

Emil Forsberg had an accomplished performance in the heart of Sweden’s attack and everything created by the men in yellow had the Leipzig man pulling the strings. The numbers speak for themselves.

Goals: 1
Shots on target: 1
Duels attempted(won): 8(6)
Pass Accuracy: 81%

Forberg was also kicked throughout the game and might have picked up a couple of knocks as the game wore on. He was fouled four times, the most of any Swede on the pitch.

STAT ATTACK:

24 – It has been 24 years since Sweden’s last Quarterfinal game in the World Cup. Sweden beat Romania on penalties on 11th July 1994 in the United States.

2 – Sweden have conceded a measly two goals at the World Cup so far. Only Uruguay and Brazil have conceded fewer goals.