Switzerland are out of the World Cup after they were beaten 1-0 by Sweden in a closely-fought Round of 16 tie in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, winning out thanks to Emil Forsberg’s deflected shot.
The Leipzig winger’s second-half effort looked to be heading into Yann Sommer’s arms until it ricocheted off his defender Manuel Akanji and into the net.
A strong defensive rearguard then ensued but there was late drama as a Sweden breakaway resulted in Michael Laing scything down Martin Olsson.
A relatively dull game was livened up when Laing was sent off prior to the referee consulting VAR in order to determine whether it was a penalty or a free kick just outside the box – ultimately, it was the latter.
These were the best jokes from Sweden 1-0 Switzerland after a tight last-16 encounter at Russia 2018:
The #SWESUI match is a rare occasion where you can say “it’s one for the neutrals” and be geopolitically correct.
— Tony Walsh (@MalarkeyFC) July 3, 2018
— Todd in the Shadows (@ShadowTodd) July 3, 2018
I struggle to find ways to relate to the World Cup, but today's Ikea vs Swatch is a big game for me#SWESUI
— Holly Brockwell (@holly) July 3, 2018
Another proof the World Cup is fake. The same country is playing against each other. What's next, Uruguay vs Paraguay? #SWESUI
— Alvaro Videla (@old_sound) July 3, 2018
— Gladbach (@borussia_en) July 3, 2018
HT: Sweden 0-0 Switzerland
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 3, 2018
Great move by FIFA to make all the most exciting games the evening kick-offs. Best introduction since goal-line technology. #SWESUI
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 3, 2018
58m: Ah, socialist Europe. So egalitarian the two sides have even decided to share possession, passing the ball to each other like one big team. Is it political performance art? Maybe. A #SWE shot was so far off, it went out for a throw.#SWE 0-0 #SUI#WorldCup #Last16 #SWESUI
— Reykjavík Grapevine (@rvkgrapevine) July 3, 2018
Concept: They both get eliminated and Japan gets back in the worldcup #SWESUI
— Laura⁷☄️ (@dang_bangtan) July 3, 2018
I see #SWESUI is basically a contest over who can miss the easiest of chances.
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) July 3, 2018
This is going to go to 0-0 extra-time & after 20 penalties it'll still be 0-0. #SWESUI
— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) July 3, 2018
— Martin Oswald (@oswaldmartin) July 3, 2018
— Official Justice (@O_fficial_oj) July 3, 2018
Me: who’d be better to play in the next round?@TomWatts_ : Sweden
Me: Why? Are they easier to beat?
Tom: Nah they’re more attractive
That’s the kinda football insight I’m after tbh. #SWESUI
— Claire Chambers (@ClaireChambers) July 3, 2018
Americans on learning about Sweden versus Switzerland:
"Why are they playing themselves?"
"I think they had a civil war."#SWESUI
— Fro (@CallMeTheFro) July 3, 2018
BBC commentary: "The Swiss will be looking at their clocks now". #SWESUI
— Stewart Wood (@StewartWood) July 3, 2018
— goodwroter (@goodwroter) July 3, 2018
I'm sure Zlatan will be along shortly to tell us how he helped Sweden qualify for the quarters for the first time in 24 years….. #SWESUI
— Stevo (@Stevo_j) July 3, 2018
— Bros Talking Soccer (@BTSoccerPod) July 3, 2018
— Laura (@thatkindagirl) July 3, 2018
I enjoy the fact that Sweden is achieving all this without Zlatan #SWESUI
— AB (@AB_Spice) July 3, 2018
This means no extra time pic.twitter.com/BTIHJOHYOp
— 1007 (@monseuldesir_) July 3, 2018
How to watch the football.
▪️Scroll through twitter.
— Natalie (@hadley_x) July 3, 2018
Worst #WorldCup matches so far . . .
20 – You
19 – can't
18 – say
17 – any
16 – of
15 – the
14 – matches
13 – have
12 – been
11 – bad
10 – just
9 – be
8 – grateful
7 – for
6 – a
5 – month
4 – of
3 – non-stop
2 – football
1 – Sweden vs Switzerland#SWESUI
— 90min (@90min_Football) July 3, 2018