7/4/2018 9:27:42 PM (GMT+3)

Sweden lack flair, but can be dangerous for England

Sweden lack flair, but can be dangerous for England

MOSCOW: Sweden reached the last eight for the first time since 1994, but they weren’t flashy and brilliant against Switzerland on Monday evening.

A deflected Emil Forsberg effort sealed victory for the Swedes in the 66th minute. But the Swedes fell back on their tried and tested formula -- sit deep, defend solidly and strike on the counter-attack against the Swiss.

However, Sweden coach Janne Andersson believed that his team had a great game.

“We’ve worked hard on and off the pitch. We know that we are a good team and that have earned our successes. We're happy,” said Andersson.

Sweden have reached the last eight after 1994 and they will face a determined England side in the quarterfinal at Samara on Saturday. 

While England toiled hard to get past Colombia in the penalty-shootouts, how far they’re going to be successful against the Swedes only time will tell.

“We need to digest this quickly as we have another game coming up soon. It's all about the process right now and full steam ahead for us. We're not satisfied with what we've done. We want to win against England,” added the 55-year-old.

Gustav Svensson did an impressive job replacing one of the team’s key players in the suspended Sebastian Larsson, but there was a bad news for them after defender Mikael Lustig left the pitch injured.

“To see what we’re achieving together. It brings tears to my eyes and makes me proud. If we get everything right, we know we can be really good both in defence and attack. We’re in quarterfinals and that’s a proof that we’re doing well,” said Forsberg.