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England Break 28-Year World Cup Semi-Final Drought

2018 World Cup 

Result: Sweden 0-2 England 

Date: 07 July 2018

Venue: Cosmos Arena

England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after they defeated Sweden 2-0 in their quarter-final tie on Saturday afternoon.

The match was a cagey affair in the opening exchanges, with the Swedes sitting deep in their own half while England were searching for a way through.

Harry Kane had the first real chance of the match for the Three Lions in the 18th minute after finding the space to strike at goal from just outside the box but he scuffed his effort wide.

Harry Maguire drew first blood for England on the half-hour mark with a powerful header inside the box following Ashley Young's corner, 0-1.

The Scandinavians were slow to react and, with a few minutes left of the first stanza, the English were in control.

Raheem Sterling should have doubled the lead for England on the stroke of half-time after beating the offside trap to go through inside the box but he fluffed his chance with his strike being blocked.

Marcus Berg came close to finding the equaliser for Sweden a minute into the second half with a well-executed header, but England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford produced a stunning save to tip the effort away.

Dele Alli then made it 2-0 for Gareth Southgate’s charges two minutes before the hour mark with a free header inside the box after getting on the end of Jesse Lingard's cross.

Berg had another chance for the Swedes 20 minutes before time with a sweeping strike inside the box that was tipped over the crossbar by Pickford.

The English were under siege with 15 minutes remaining but were threatening on counter-attacks as the Scandinavians left spaces at the back.

With time running out, the Three Lions ran down the clock with a couple substations to see out the rest of the clash, and they will now face a semi-final clash against the winner between Russia and Croatia.


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