#Worldcup2018: England beat Sweden 2-0 to seal semifinal spot

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 had their chances to level scores 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.

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.

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