Tuesday @ 3pm: Sweden vs Switzerland
Story of the Tie
How good are these 2 teams? It’s very hard to know. Sweden beat South Korea before their last-minute defeat to Germany and then walloping a highly fancied Mexico. Perhaps they are quite good.
Switzerland drew with Brazil before beating Serbia in a glorious game and wrapping up qualification with a draw to Costa Rica. This is a tight one. Neither side is fancied to go much farther and yet both sides deserve to be here.
What’s been said
“The round of 16 was the minimum objective that we set ourselves that we had to achieve.” – Switzerland Manager Vladimir Petkovic
“It was perfect timing. I went straight to the hospital from the airport and arrived just in time. I’m delighted. Naliya’s birth is by far the best present I’ve ever had in my life. Now, I hope I won’t be flying back to Switzerland any time soon. We still want to achieve something here in Russia.” – Swiss Forward Breel Embolo whose daughter was born on Thursday
A bore draw seems the obvious conclusion with the game decided on penalties. Let’s hope there’s more to it than that. If I was pushed, I’d back Switzerland.