- Dele Alli and Harry Maguire scored their first World Cup goals as England beat Sweden 2-0
- It is the first time England is reaching the semi finals of a World Cup since 1990
England’s Three Lions defeated Sweden by 2-0 margin courtesy of two headed goals from Harry Maguire’ 30th minute and Dele Alli's 59th minute during Saturday’s quarterfinal fixture to book passage into the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The encounter decided Samara Arena at which was an all-European affair was contested on a fantastic pitch that saw both sides giving their best right from the start.
In the early moments of the second half Sterling was penalised for pushing Andreas Granqvist as the English continued controlling the game after five minutes.
Sweden also have their chances in the level terms but England kept pilling the pressure with the Kieran Trippier supplying cross from the wings in the 57th minute from England corner from the right but Victor Nilsson Lindeloef relieved Sweden of another pressure.
On the 58th minute Young tried to pick out a team-mate in the area but his cross was again blocked by an opponent.
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard also tired to hit another goal but it was also stopped before he opted for a great cross on the 59'Jesse Lingard from England puts in a great cross for Dele Alli to finish with another header for England second goal on the day.
From this moment onward it was joy all the way for the Three Lions fans as Sweden failed to come to the party.
At the commencement of the game England made their intentions known quite but the Swedes were ready for the contest.
The English had the first throwing of the match in the first minute right in the opponent's half of the field but nothing came out of it.
The Three Lions were in control but Sweden had other plans of theirs after Viktor Claesson tried to play a nice 1-2 with Marcus Berg, on the 3rd minute but his team mate fails to connect.
As the match progressed the Swedish team appeared to be growing more confidence in their play.
On the 19th minute Sweden’s Ludwig Augustinsson tried to pick out a team-mate in England’s vital area but his cross was blocked by John Stones as he cleared the lines for the Three Lions’.
However, on the 30th minute Ashley Young swung in a corner from the left side which Harry Maguire nodded in for England’s first goal on the night.
After the opening goal, both sides tried to cancel out each other with the likes of Ludwig Augustinsson and Robin Olsen creating tense moments for the English side with crosses into the box, the Three Lions also had great moment to increase the tally especially in the closing moments of the first half.
Raheem Sterling on the other hand, created numerous goal opportunities in the opponents’ vital area and had a goal-bound shot defended by Olsen before the referee signaled the first half with scorers at 1-0 in England’s favour going into the break.
Sweden looked to bounce back in the second half but it was England who doubled their lead through Dele Alli.
England will await the winner of the tie between Russia and Croatia for a semi final clash.
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Source: Yen Newspaper