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World Cup diaries: Faberge Eggs, Kazan Cathedral and noisy Swedes

I'm a late entrant to St Petersburg and, with less than two full days here, a fairly brief guest. They say a year isn't enough to see the Hermitage museum, let alone the rest of this grand city, but what little I have seen on a day of tramping around, prompted this question: How on earth did St Petersburg survive 67 years as Leningrad?

This is no disrespect to Lenin, whose entry into the Finland Station here in April 1917 was the start of the October Revolution that would end 300 years of Tsarist...

Sweden win the Janne Andersson way as unlikely World Cup run continues

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- At one point, you wondered if they were going to leave. For most of the 90 minutes and stoppage time, the main block of canary-yellow-clad Sweden fans had called out the same name, through Emil Forsberg's goal and goalkeeper Robin Olsen's decisive last-ditch save.

And they continued after the final whistle, through the handshakes and the postgame flash interviews and the waves to friends and family. The name continued to ring out even after the players -- perhaps still...

Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka absent in Switzerland's time of need vs. Sweden

Switzerland showed a lot of spirit and quality when coming from behind to draw against Brazil and beat Serbia in the group stage, but none of those qualities were evident as they succumbed 1-0 to an average Sweden side almost without a fight in St. Petersburg.

Positives

Hardly any. None of the Swiss stars, apart from the goalkeeper Yann Sommer, put in a decent performance on the night, and fans will be extremely disappointed as the team missed a golden opportunity to reach the quarterfinals.

Negatives

The...

Sweden show their quiet force with 1-0 win over Switzerland

ST PETERSBURG, Russia -- Three points from Sweden's 1-0 win over Switzerland to reach their first World Cup quarterfinal since 1994:

1. Forsberg fires Sweden into the final eight

You had the sense from the early stages that this game was going to be decided by an incident, whether it be an error, a moment of magic, a refereeing decision or, as it happened, a wildly deflected shot. Switzerland started with a bit more initiative, but Janne Andersson's double yellow wall held.

Ultimately, it...

Switzerland's final chance to deliver on so much promise

MOSCOW -- At this stage of the World Cup, most teams don't simply have to overcome the next opponents to progress to the next round. They are also faced with far less tangible obstacles, made up of fears, past failures and inhibitions.

Vladimir Petkovic's Switzerland are a good case in point. As much as Granit Xhaka & Co. have taken heart from landing in the easier side of the draw and the unpredictable nature of this World Cup, the overall sensation is one of immense pressure to push through...

 By Sam Borden

Switzerland showing they have what it takes to be this World Cup's Cinderella

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- As a group stage full of disbelief approaches its dramatic conclusion and the knockout rounds loom, longtime World Cup devotees know that there is one reality about which we can be all but certain: There will be an interloper.

There always is. As the World Cup has expanded in size (and the accessibility to top leagues has expanded), the result is a showpiece tournament that nearly always sees one or more teams from outside the established football powers stay longer...