The Europeans have in fact fired first-half blanks on three occasions now, against Brazil, Serbia and Sweden respectively; their only strike within the first 45 minutes came against minnows Costa Rica after the nation had already guaranteed their qualification to the knock-out rounds.
The RB Leipzig playmaker's tame effort was heading straight at Yann Sommer until Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot, sending the ball looping beyond his wrong-footed goalkeeper. The Swiss team dominated possession, had more shots (18 to 12), but just couldn't break through a stingy Swedish defense, as the yellow and blue move on to face either England or Colombia on Saturday.
Sweden's goal came via a deflection and Switzerland rarely looked like scoring after going behind.
It took four matches and 14 attempts on goal but Emil Forsberg has finally netted his first World Cup goal, albeit in slightly fortunate circumstances after his deflected effort found the back of the net.
Switzerland has not scored a goal in the knockout stage of a World Cup since their 7-5 loss to Austria in the quarter-finals of the 1954 World Cup which they hosted with their last ever knockout goal at a major tournament since 1954 being scored by Xherdan Shaqiri against Poland in Euro 2016.
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They broke through the Swiss cordon in extra time when the substitute Martin Olsson was released into space and brought down just outside the box.
Unfortunately for Switzerland fans, Petkovic's team talk inspiration failed to materialise as his side entered the second half without the same venom or verve they had demonstrated in their previous second-half appearances.
Michael Lang is expected to replace captain Stephan Lichtsteiner while Johan Djourou or Nico Elvedi is expected to replace Fabian Schar as both the players are suspended.
For Sweden, Gustav Svensson replaced Sebastian Larsson in midfield. Then, in the second half, Xhaka lined up a shot from outside the area and very almost whiffed.
Referee Damir Skomina initially gave a penalty deep into stoppage time before VAR intervened, though the change of decision made no difference to the final outcome of the contest.
And from the corner Sweden missed the game's best chance so far, Lustig crossing to the far post where the unmarked Albin Ekdal sent a first-time volley horribly high from only six yards out.