FIFA World Cup 2018: England beat Sweden to reach the semi-final round. Though the Sweden tried to buck up in the second half began, they failed to take control from England.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal match between England and Sweden left fans of latter disappointed after England took the lead in the first half and finally entered the semi-finals with this victory. The first goal was scored by Harry Maguire, who hit a bullet header from a corner. There were some misses in the match too like that of Raheem Sterling who missed a chance to double the lead for England in the first half.
Though the Sweden players were seen panicking at the end of the first half, they tried to buck up with a more attack-minded attitude as the second half began. However, England stayed in control all throughout and took a double lead with Dele Alli scoring. The team managed to maintain their lead and ultimately won the match. England fans did not take long to take to social media and express their happiness posting ‘It’s Coming Home’ as England will be playing the semi-finals almost after three decades. Many also appreciated goalkeeper Jordan Pickford performance as well. Check out some of the hilarious reactions to the match her
FT – England beat Sweden 2-0 to enter semi-finals
An impressive England advanced to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years on Saturday after headers by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli gave them a deserved 2-0 last-eight victory over a disappointing Sweden. England will face either hosts Russia or Croatia in the last-four.
90+4′ – Yellow Card! Sebastian Larsson is booked for a foul on Harry Kane
90+3′ – Time is running out for Sweden
90+1′ – Substitution! Third change for England: Raheem Stirling is replaced by Marcus Rashford
90′ – Five minutes added as stoppage time
90′ – Free-kick for Sweden from a dangerous position. Augustinsson shot it well over the crossbar from the set piece
87′ – Yellow Card! First booking of the match to Harry Maguire of England for a foul on John Guidetti
87′ – Free-kick for England from the right flank. Trippier’s delivery was cleared out by Sweden
85′ – Substitution! Third change for Sweden: Emil Krafth is replaced by Pontus Jansson
84′ – Substitution! Jordan Henderson is replaced by Eric Dier for England
83′ – Free-kick for England from the right top of the Sweden box. Trippier shot it wide of the goal from the set piece
81′ – Jordan Pickford charged out to catch the ball and had a verbal volley with Sweden striker Marcus Berg, Ref had to intervene in the end
78′ – Timely interception by Emil Krafth stopped the England attack inside the Sweden penalty box. Trippier with the cross in into the area from the right, after getting the ball from Harry Kane in the middle of the Sweden box
76′ – Substitution! First change for England: Dele Alli is replaced by Fabian Delph
72′ – SAVE! Jordan Pickford with another excellent save. He guided the ball over the crossbar with his fingertips to deny John Guidetti. Corner for Sweden, but it ended with a foul by Sweden inside the England area
69′ – Another corner for England. Kieran Trippier’s delivery was cleared out by Sweden
66′ – Raheem Stirling won a corner for England. Kieran Trippier with delivery, ensued a mini chaos in the Sweden penalty area before Harry Maguire skied it with the left foot from close range
65′ – Substitutions! Double change for Sweden:
IN – Martin Olsson and John Guidetti |
OUT – Emil Forsberg and Ola Toivonen
62′ – SAVE! Jordan Pickford produced another stunning diving save to deny Sweden again. This time England keeper dived to his right to block low strike from Viktor Claesson
59′ – GOAL! Dele Alli doubled the lead for England
Jesse Lingard with the assist as he curled it perfectly for Alli in the far post. Alli without much fuss headed it in into the net.
57′ – Jesse Lingard’s effort from the edge of Sweden box was deflected out for another England corner.
53′ – Ashley Young’s delivery from a set piece found Harry Maguire at the far post, who kept the ball in play. Maguire then got the ball again and he headed it in front of the Sweden goal, but somehow after chaos they cleared it out.
52′ – Emil Forsberg’s attempt from distance was well over the England crossbar. Sweden asking few questions early in the second half as they searched for their equalising goal
47′ – SAVE! Jordan Pickford made a brilliant diving save to deny Sweden an equaliser. Marcus Berg’s header found Pickford’s left palm. Good effort
Second half begins…
HT – England lead Sweden 1-0 at the halftime break
A thumping 30th-minute Harry Maguire header from a corner gave England a 1-0 lead over Sweden at the halftime break. Centre-back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal.
45+1′ – Two corners in final minutes of first half for England.
45′ – One minute added as stoppage time
45′ – MISSED! Raheem Stirling failed to score from one-on-one situation with Robin Olsen. Stirling, who was caught offside a minute ago, beat the trap this time but Olsen made a crucial tough to sway the ball away to the right.
41′ – Raheem Stirling’s cross in from the left of the Sweden goal found Jesse Lingard in awkward position. The Manchester United player tried a back heel attempt, which was cleared out easily
38′ – Not much happening in the match. Sweden attacks are ending with mistake in the final touch, while England look content with the possession game
33′ – Eight of England’s ten goals in the tournament so far came through set piece.
30′ – GOAL! Harry Maguire put England in the lead
Ashley Young’s delivery from the set piece found the jumping Maguire near the penalty spot, who headed it past Robin Olsen into the net. It was Maguire’s first goal in national colour.
30′ – Corner for England. First of the match
23′ – Kieran Trippier low cross from the right of the Sweden box was too close to Sweden keeper Robin Olsen, who collected it calmly
19′ – Harry Kane’s attempt from the edge of the Sweden box went just wide of the goal
14′ – Kieran Trippier’s cross in into the Sweden box was cleared out easily
12′ – Viktor Claesson long ranger went well over the English crossbar
11′ – Dele Alli’s weak attempt from the right top of Sweden box was comfortably collected by Robin Olsen
Long throw in from the left flank for Sweden. It ended with a handball for Swedish player inside England box
6′ – Dele Alli won the ball outside the Sweden box, but his cross in was heavy and went straight to keeper Robin Olsen
5′ – Slow start from both the sides. No incursions into opponents’ area yet
3′ – Viktor Claesson’s pass into the England area was a bit heavy. It’s goal kick for England
Here we go….
Players are coming out into the field. And it’s time for National Anthems.
Sweden (4-4-2): Robin Olsen; Emil Krafth, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist (capt), Ludwig Augustinsson; Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg; Marcus Berg, Ola Toivonen.
Coach: Janne Andersson (SWE)
England (3-5-2): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane (capt).
Coach: Gareth Southgate (ENG)
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)
England’s Ashley Young and Kyle Walker have both recovered from minor injury concerns to be included in the side to face Sweden in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, as has Jamie Vardy who starts on the bench. Back-up striker Vardy was a major doubt after suffering a groin strain when England played Colombia in the last 16, but was again fit to be named among the substitutes for the encounter in Samara.
Sweden right back Mikael Lustig is banned after picking up a second yellow card and has been replaced by Emil Krafth, while midfielder Sebastian Larsson returns from suspension and comes into the side for Gustav Svensson.
Walker are all one booking away from missing a potential semi-final, while Albin Ekdal and Viktor Claesson are in the same boat for Sweden.