Sweden World Cup

Sweden News: Granqvist hoping to avoid penalty shootout

1 year ago

In the latest Sweden news, captain Andreas Granqvist has proved his effectiveness from the spot at the World Cup already but he does not want their last-16 clash with Switzerland to go the distance.

Sweden have arguably been one of the surprise packages in Russia, as they finished top of their group that also contained defending champions Germany and a highly-rated Mexico side.

Janne Andersson’s team are no strangers to causing upsets, as they helped knock 2010 finalist Holland out during qualifying, while they also disposed of four-time champions Italy during the play-offs.

Next up for the Scandinavians is a clash with Switzerland in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday and Granqvist admits his side will be the underdogs for that contest, although he hopes they can secure a win without the need for penalties.

“Switzerland are the favorites to win tomorrow. I hope that it won’t come to the penalty shootout, I hope that we’ll beat Switzerland before that,” the Helsingborgs defender told reporters.

“We know that there are great players in the Swiss team. They have proved that they hardly ever lose, so we’ll continue working, and we’ll show our fighting spirit.”

Granqvist is likely to be high on the list of penalty takers if the match does go the distance, as he has already scored twice from the spot in the tournament against South Korea and Mexico and he is confident he will be able to deliver if required on Tuesday.

“I’m confident [that I’ll cope well] if I have to take a penalty,” he added.

Sweden are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Switzerland and they are priced at 10/11 with Jetbull to advance through to the quarter-finals.