Sweden vs England, FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: England advanced to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 on Saturday as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Sweden 2-0 in the quarter-final in Samara. Harry Maguire and Delle Alli headers put England on their way to the semifinals where they will meet either hosts Russia or Croatia. Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to deny Marcus Berg twice and Viktor Claesson in the second half of the quarterfinal. (Russia vs Croatia Live Score Updates from World Cup 2018)
FULL TIME! Sweden 0-2 England
This is it! England book semifinal spot after Harry Maguire, Dele Alli help their side beat Sweden 2-0. England book their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990! Get ready for an overdose of 'It's coming home' for the next few days!
Free-kick for Sweden
Sweden win a free-kick outside the penalty box. Very good opportunity for Sweden to make last minute changes to the game. Ludwig Augustinsson takes the free-kick, sending it high over the bar. What a waste!
England win a free-kick but poor delivery from Trippier leads to nothing. Southgate sends Eric Dier on for Jordan Henderson. For Sweden, Pontus Jansson comes on for Emil Krafth. Five minutes away from England booking their semifinal spot
Sweden getting impatient. Trippier sends in a low cross but Sterling does not make it in time. Break in play as Krafth receives treatment for injury.
Gareth Southgate sends Fabian Delph in place of goalscorer Dele Alli, who pretends to not see, facing backwards. The referee intervenes as Alli is seen wasting time.
Sweden miss opportunity
Sweden had a great chance of openening their scoreline but Pickford blocks Claesson's shots. It comes back to Claesson on a rebound but this time it's Henderson who blocks it.
England hopes soaring
England's hopes are soaring as they are another step closer to the title, something they did not imagine before the stadium. English FA had given Gareth Southgate the target of taking the team to knockouts. His team is currently on their way to the semifinals, unless of course Sweden have a wonderfully brilliant comeback. Doesn't look like it though with England holding majority possession
GOAL! Sweden 0-2 England
GOAAAAALLLL! Dele Alli with an accurate and calm header as he doubles England's lead in the second half, converting a Jesse Lingard cross from the right. Only one sound being heard in the Samara Arena - IT'S COMING HOME!
Sweden attack mode
Sweden are playing the second half with their attack mode on, looking for an equaliser. The pace of the game has increased by the men in yellow.
England manage to save their lead as Pickford makes a brilliant save to stop a header that went downwards from Marcus Berg. The header was strong but Pickford's hands were stronger.
Second half of the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England underway. England start the second half with 1-0 advantage. Here are some stats that would draw your attention:
Key stats:— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018
👉 #ENG have scored their eighth set piece goal this #WorldCup, at least two more than any other team
👉 Harry Maguire is the first player to score in a World Cup quarter-final match for @England since @themichaelowen in 2002#SWEENG pic.twitter.com/rRsmHFARum
HALF TIME! Sweden 0-1 England
Harry Maguire's powerful header separates the two sides as they go into half-time with England having 1-0 lead. This is Maguire's first International goal. Sterling missed a big chance of making it 2-0 for England. England fans ecstatic - If one Harry does not do it, leave it on the other Harry!
England get so close to doubling their lead - not once but twice. Sterling gets the pass from the middle, he is one-one-one with the keeper but due to lack of space, his shot hits Olsen. It was later flagged offside.
GOAL! England score
England take the lead! Harry Maguire score in the 30th minute. Ashley Young sends the ball in from the corner into the penalty area, Maguire rises to send a powerful header past Robin Olsen.
Not a classic yet
Twenty minutes of the quarterfinal up as England have a nervous start. It hasn't been an exciting start to the match with England yet to have a shot at the goal.
Sweden make use of England's momentary lapse of defence as Viktor Claesson tries a shot from distance . It flies high but Jordan Pickford expresses his anger at his side's defenders for not covering properly.
English players look a little nervous. England need to find their groove, relax and just play without pressure here or else silly errors will cost them semifinal spot.
Sweden are awarded with a free-kick but it is too high for Ola Toivonenn and goes for the far post. Sweden however win a throw-in. Andreas Granqvist gets penalised for handball
England get possession
England enjoy possession at the start of the match. Pickford sends one long, but Lingard's header goes off the target for England. Later, the keeper picks the ball after Sterling does not win the duel. Players are still getting in their groove.
Here we go! The quarterfinalists Sweden and England are out on the field, singing their national anthems. Some empty seats in the stadium as Germany fans return back but England fans do not return in time for the matches.
Less than an hour to go
Fans are getting ready for the match. England fans specifically going overboard, seeing this as probably their best hope of going all the way. The England band has made it into the stadium with their instruments and have already started playing their songs.
The Starting XI for Sweden vs England, quarterfinal match is out! Gareth Southgate is featuring the same team as the winning one against Colombia. Dele Alli has cleared the fitness test. Here are the line-ups:
Sweden: Olsen, Krafth, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, Toivonen.
Subs: Johnsson, Olsson, Guidetti, Svensson, Helander, Hiljemark, Jansson, Rohden, Durmaz, Thelin, Nordfeldt.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young, Sterling, Kane.
Subs: Butland, Rose, Dier, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Pope.
Wedding ceremony of Swedish-English couple
Football-mad Swedish vicar Ingo Soederlund will be hoping no extra time is needed on Saturday as he performs the wedding ceremony of a Swedish-English couple before the World Cup quarter-final between the two nations in Russia. Soederlund is due to perform the ceremony at the Grundsunds church north of Gothenburg for a Swedish bride and her English groom just 45 minutes before kickoff in Samara.
Gareth Southgate focused on quarters
England coach Gareth Southgate is extremely focused at the moment on the quarterfinal clash. Listen to what he has to say:
#ENG #ENG #ENG #ENG— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) 7 July 2018
After their penalty shoot-out heroics against Colombia, @England’s focus is now fully on quarter-final opponents Sweden, according to manager Gareth Southgate...#SWEENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/b4HswcXppD
Questions on Dele Alli's fitness
Dele Alli suffered a knock in the training after England's first match and has not appeared to be in his best form in the tournament. England have brought Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a possible replacement and with doubts on the Spurs man's fitness, he could see a start instead.
Jamie Vardy doubtful for Sweden clash
England forward Jamie Vardy is “looking doubtful” for the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday after suffering a groin strain having come on as a late substitute in the last-16 win over Colombia, manager Gareth Southgate has said. Vardy was unlikely to be ready to face the Swedes after sitting out training on Thursday, Southgate added. “Vardy didn’t train today, so is looking doubtful for this game,” Southgate was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Thursday. “But we’ll know a bit more tomorrow (Friday), really. The others were all on the pitch. We didn’t do a lot. “I think at this stage, minimal time on the pitch, a lot of our information is going to have to be in meetings.'
Why Kenya are supporting Sweden?
Sriram Veera answers why Sweden enjoy massive support from a huge majority of Kenya population.
"Why does an incredible woman like that love Guidetti so much? It’s the story of his life. Everywhere he has gone, the man who is called Sweden’s team joker has won hearts. He is also one of the main reasons that Kenyans are rooting for Sweden against England. As a kid, when his father moved to Kibera in Kenya, to the largest urban slum in East Africa, to teach in a school, Guidetti’s life opened up. He saw poverty, crime, and how politics affects kids. It’s the reason he has already started a foundation to help impoverished children to play football in Nairobi’s vulnerable areas."
‘It’s coming home’: What is the origin of England’s World Cup?
"“It’s coming home” has emerged from the song “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)” which was the official anthem for England during the Euro Championships in 1996. The song, which was written by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and performed by The Lightning Seeds, was created to celebrate England hosting a tournament for the first time since 1966 World Cup."
Sweden look to hold united front against revitalised England
ROHIT MUNDAYUR gives a preview of the match between England and Sweden:
"Just as Sweden have shown resilience by leaving heavyweights in their wake and by the way they got behind Jimmy Durmaz, England’s win against Colombia was a fair reflection of the mental fortitude the team possesses. They kept pushing during the 30 minutes of extra time that was forced by Colombia due to a stoppage-time equaliser and kept their cool to see their opponents away in the penalty shootout. This stands in stark contrast to the way they seemed to lose any tactical sense after conceding against Iceland during Euro 2016 or the various collapses we have seen from England teams at major tournaments before that."
Sweden vs England Live
When placed in a group with Netherlands and Italy, Sweden were not expected to scape through the qualifying rounds, especially without their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But the men in yellow shocked the world when they managed to find a spot in the 32 teams entering the tournament. If that was not all, Sweden also managed to reach the quarterfinal, after coming out from a group that had Germany and Mexico, and then defeated the World Ranking 6 team Switzerland to book a date with England. How long will the fairy tale continue for Sweden?