England sink Sweden to clinch World Cup semi-final berth

Doug Mendoza
July 8, 2018

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a match against Croatia for a place in the final on July 15.

Fortunately, the ref's first name didn't prevent Harry Maguire from heading home England's opener after half an hour.

Next, the Three Lions will play the victor of Russian Federation and Croatia, who square off later on Saturday. Sweden may be limited, effectively a team of spoilers with players from Hull City, Krasnador and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates but they beat France and finished above Holland in qualifying, they defeated Italy in the play-off and they knocked out Germany in the group stages.

ESPN brings you the best of the numbers from England's 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Maguire had his first England goal and how they needed that.

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"I was going to say if we go two penalty kicks we'll be fine, but I can't say that anymore can we", one Swedish fan said. "We are buzzing now", he said. Just before the half-time whistle blew, Raheem Sterling twice had the ball deep in Sweden's territory with little or no defence in front of him, but squandered both chances. "We looked like we controlled the game". "I can't speak highly enough of the whole squad", he said.

Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th. "We worked on that in practice".

Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped. "Since the beginning of the tournament, we've seen the big teams struggling against other teams that some considered to be weak".

Eden Hazard can be backed at 150/1 (151.0), the same odds as Luka Modric, whilst a whole host of players with just one goal are available at 250/1 (251.0).

Dele Alli is the second-youngest England player to score in a World Cup, at the age of 22 years and 87 days.

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