FIFA WC QF : England beat Sweden comprehensively, book a semifinal berth

  • England beat Sweden in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018, 2-0. The headers of Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were instrumental in the English victory. England will now face the winner of Croatia versus Russia in the semifinals. England have booked a semifinal berth for the first time since 1990.
  • England went with an unchanged side. Initially both the teams started slowly and later began to open up. Harry Kane who has scored the most -6 goals in the tournament didn’t manage to score a goal in the quarterfinals.
  • It was another Harry, Harry Maguire who scored a header in the 30th minute from a towering header off Ashley Young’s corner kick. Harry Maguire became the first English player after Michael Oven to score in a World Cup Quarterfinal in 2002.
  • First 30 minutes saw only one shot on target from England. England went 1-0 into halftime. Dele Alli scored another header in the 59th minute to propel England’s lead to 2-0. This was Alli’s first World Cup finals goal.
  • Sweden wasn’t able to breach the English defence. English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford blocked two shots from Marcus Berg to keep England in the winning position.
  • England had a ball possession of 58% with a pass accuracy of 79% while their counterparts Sweden had a ball possession of 42% with a pass accuracy of 72%.
  • //”>#ENG WIN! @England book their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990!#SWEENG // #WorldCup

    — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018

  • Key stats
  • ? //”>#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

    — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018


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