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Written by : Info Box Team

Winger Emil Forsberg's second-half strike helped Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 after a gap of 24 years.

It was a brilliant neck-and-neck affair till the 66th minute when Forsberg scored the goal, after which Switzerland failed to display the same energy and thus lost the issue.

Forsberg broke the deadlock in the 66th minute through a low-ball shot which was deflected by Switzerland's Manuel Akanji in the goalpost.

The goal forced Switzerland to play a more attacking game as their forwards starting putting pressure on Sweden's defence. But unperturbed by the pressure, Swedish players kept their calm ending their opponent's campaign at the mega event.

In another encounter, England survived a penalty shootout for the first time in their FIFA World Cup history as they overcame a combative Colombian team with a 4-3 (1-1) victory on penalties.

Harry Kane marked his sixth goal of the tournament as he converted a penalty to give England the lead in the 57th minute but Colombia bagged their equaliser in the third minute of the injury time when Yerry Mina headed into the net from a corner, taking the game to extra time.

With no goal scored in the extra time, the match was decided via a penalty shootout, where England prevailed, with Carlos Bacca and Mateus Uribe failing to convert for Colombia. Jordan Hendersen missed out for England but Kane, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier scored one after other.

The win takes England to the last eight stage for the first time in 12 years and for a place in the semi-finals after a gap of 28 years.

England will now face Sweden in the quarterfinals on July 7.