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Lucas Gillard

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Stats hungry sports nerd fancies any code with a ball and boots. Football being a prime example of this. I love the A-League as much as a mother could love a child who graduates to become a middle manager at a bank. Follow me on Twitter @ljgillard

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83′ – Another enterprising run from Embolo on the left is broken up inside the box by the Swedes. They are hanging on here as Switzerland throw everything at them in the last 10 minutes.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

81′ – And it looks like Forsberg is off. He walks off gingerly and might have picked up a knock.

In fact it’s a double SUBSTITUTION for Sweden. Forsberg and Lustig are off – Lustig is limping off as well – and Olsson and Krafth are on

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

81′ – SAVED by Olsen from a long range shot / cross from Shaqiri

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

80′ – CLEARED off the line from yet another CORNER. This corner is pointed into a crop of Swiss players but the header is cleared off the line by Forsberg

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

78′ – It’s the 9th CORNER for Switzerland here, but they just can’t find any love inside the box with this big Swedish defence.

But the approach play from Embolo creates that chance, running into the box from the left to force the corner.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

76′ – Good chance for Claesson and he can’t find his balance inside the box to get a shot off, and ends up just falling over!

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

Double SUBSTITUTION for the Swiss – two forwards Embolo and Seferovic are on for Zuber and Dzemili

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

71′ – SHOT WIDE from Shaqiri – and that took a big deflection that could have gone anywhere.

It’s gone out for a CORNER and a long chance for Xhaka is BLOCKED from the clearance

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

69′ – SAVED by Olsen off Rodriguez from a a quick counter, It’s from some distance but straight at Olsen.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

It’s a yellow card here for Xhaka. He cynically breaks up some Swedish momentum as they look to break

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

63′ – GOAL FOR SWEDEN! It took a deflection of Akanji but Forsberg’s shot is in!

The space opened up for him on the edge of the 18 yard box from the cut back and his shot takes a wicked curve off the defender and Sommer had no chance.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

The Swiss are finding a bit more space in their midfield so far this half – they are approaching the Swedish box with more tempo and Lang and Rodriguez are pushed forward.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

63′ – Well on cue – Forsberg breaks on Sweden’s left and Behrami is completely out of position. The Swiss are backpeddling fast and give away a free kick to Forsberg just on the edge of the box. He smacks it into the wall and it’s out for a goal kick

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

61′ – YELLOW CARD for Behrami, and he will now miss the next game if the Swiss go through.

There’s been a tactical shift here for the Swiss – it looks like Behrami has drifted into a back 3, marking Forsberg on the Swiss right, which has allowed the fullbacks to push forward

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

59′ – Some good Swedish progress there that fizzles out. The approach from Forsberg finds Ekdal on the edge of the box – he might have taken a shot there without much pressure but his first touch is too heavy.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

57′ – A long throw for Sweden, coming off a rare moment of Swedish possession from their centrebacks. The throw doesn’t have the velocity it needs and It’s cleared by the Swiss.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

55′ – Ekdal is on his haunches here, giving us all a chance for a breather. Switzerland have piled on pressure in the last 3 minutes.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

53′ – CORNERS for Switzerland being cleared and won and cleared and won here quicker than I can type! 3 in quick succession including a SAVE from a rebound shot

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

50′ – CLEARED by Sweden! Well anything could have happened there! Shaqiri gets ome space on the right and plays through Lang who’s cross floats over Drmic but bounces off the back of a Swedish defender who had gone to ground. Gronqvist boots it away to safety with Shaqiri lurking in the area ready to pounce

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

49′ – OVER THE BAR by Toivonen! It’s a half chance from a ball bobbling around the box from a cross in from the left.

That was better from Forsberg who won it in midfield and got that play going

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

There have been NO CHANGES in the break.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

47′ – An early long range FREE KICK for Sweden. Every freekick inside Switzerland’s half will be pumped into the box. This one is cleared by Djorou

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

Switzerland need to find a way to create some space for Shaqiri and Xhaka in midfield. Ekdal and company are a wall so far and it’s marginalising Switzerland’s better players.

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

It brings me no joy to say this but so far, this is the weakest of the Round of 16 games so far, in terms of quality of play

Let’s hope it picks up in the second half.

As Switzerland KICK OFF to get us going

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog

Well much like in the 20th century history of these nations you may be officially Neutral (but secretly favour one side over the other)

Sweden vs Switzerland: 2018 FIFA World Cup highlights, live scores, blog