England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semi-finals

Kristopher Nichols
July 11, 2018

England cruised by Sweden to book their place in the last four of the World Cup, reaching their first semi-final since Italia 90.

The former Manchester United star wrote on social media: "If England win I buy you dinner wherever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me whatever I want from Ikea, okay?" They beat Mexico, which was strong, and then they defeated Switzerland as well.

Both sides endured a frustrating start to proceedings, with England's first decent chance coming through Harry Kane with almost 20 minutes played, but his low shot from outside the penalty area flashed wide. "We have had good results against them - so to me it doesn't really matter".

Ibrahimovic, who played at two World Cups, offered to buy Beckham dinner anywhere in the world if Gareth Southgate's men stopped Sweden on their way to the semi-final.

England battles Russian Federation or Croatia in the World Cup semifinals at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Once again Lindelof was a major part of that: Disrupting England and making it hard for them to play through the lines and utilise their movement and pace.

But although the Three Lions progressed and Alli scored for the first time in Russian Federation, he felt he could have done more to impact the match.

England used this as an opportunity to punish their opponents for not heading home by doing so themselves.

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"We had to withstand a lot of physical pressure but the resilience of the team was crucial".

"We knew set plays would be key", Maguire said.

The 1966 World Cup champions last reached the semifinals in 1990, losing the first of a series of haunting penalty shootouts.

The opening stages of the game passed by without incident as both teams appeared slightly overawed by the possibility of progressing further in the competition and it took a 30-yard strike from Sweden's Viktor Claesson to break the tension.

"However, there is no such thing as a weak team in a World Cup".

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was notably called into action early in the second half when he saved Marcus Berg's header.

"He's the prototype of what a modern goalkeeper should be", Southgate said of Pickford, who only made his worldwide debut last November.

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