Three Lions show maturity to sail through to the semi-finals of the World Cup

Three Lions show maturity to sail through to the semi-finals of the World Cup
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Pickford also had a fantastic game as he pulled off three fantastic saves to keep his clean sheet and help his team to victory. That though is all we have time for this evening. I have been Brandon Sayer taking your through the game today, it was Harry Robinson taking your through the pre-match stuff, but until next time, have a good evening.
Well the feeling that football is coming home will only get stronger now that England are through to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Goals from Maguire and Alli sealed easy progress for England in the end.
England are through to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup!
90+5' - The referee blows his whistle to end the game. Sweden 0-2 England.
90+4' - Larsson receives a yellow card for kicking out at Harry Kane.
90+1' - The referee has decided to add on five minutes at the end of the second half.
90+1' - England substitution: Sterling is replaced by Marcus Rashford.
87' - Maguire receives the first yellow card of the game for kicking the ball away when Sweden wanted to take a quick free kick. Guidetti receives a yellow card also for showing dissent towards the referee.
85' - Sweden substitution: Krafth is replaced by Jansson.
85' - England substitution: Henderson is replaced by Eric Dier.
77' - England substitution: Alli is replaced by Fabian Delph.
71' - Pickford is having the game of his life. He once again produces a great save to deny Berg from getting a goal back for the Swedes after another good passing move. 
65' - Double Sweden substituion: Forsberg and Toivonen are replaced by Olssen and Guidetti.
62' - What a save from Pickford again! Sweden show their class with a great passing move which ended with Claesson seeing his goalbound shot well-saved by Pickford and then from the rebound the England defence just about got the ball to safety. The game has now opened up.
59' - Goal for England! Dele Alli makes it 2-0 to England. The goal came from a sustained period of possession from England which ended with a great cross from Lingard which Ali headed home. The three Lions are now in dreamland.
47' - What a save from Pickford! Sweden have started this second half very well and they almost got an equaliser after a great header from Marcus Berg from a Augustinsson cross was heading into the bottom corner of the net but for a outstretched hand from Pickford. Much better already from Sweden.
46' - The referee has blown his whistle to begin the second half. Game on again in Samara!
Well so far so good for England as Maguire headed home the opening goal of this quarter-final in the 30th minute. They should have scored more than one but Sterling missed a couple of big opportunites. Will that come back to bite them in the second half? We will soon find out as we bring you the second half live in a few minutes time!
45+1' - The referee has blown his whistle for half-time. Sweden 0-1 England.
45' - The referee has decided to add on one minute at the end of the first half.
45' - Sterling must make it 2-0 for England after a great ball forward from Henderson found the winger through on goal but his first attempt was saved by Olsen before his second shot was well blocked by Granqvist. Massive let off for Sweden.
43' - Sweden have really struggled to get going and the England players have now started to play some nice football as the first half comes to an end as Sterling almost got in on goal.
30' - Goal for England! Maguire gives England the lead on the half hour mark with a towering header from a Ashley Young corner. That is exactly what this game needed and now we will see how Sweden will react.
19' - Finally we have some atcion in the game as a good run from Raheem Sterling ended with Kane having an effort from the edge of the box which just went wide of the goal. Much better from the Three Lions.
9' - Both teams have made a cautious start to the game as they both look to settle into their rythms and try to see how each other are going to play the game. The nerves from both sets of players is plain to see.
1' - Referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle to begin the first half. Game on!
England starting XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Young, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Sterling, Kane.
Sweden starting XI: Olsen, Lindelof, Granqvist (c), Augustinsson, Krafth, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Claesson, Berg, Toivonen.
The all important team news is in from the Samara Stadium for this intriguing quarter-final match. Stay tuned as bring it you next!
England vs Sweden Live Score
Stay with VAVEL UK until kick-off for more build-up to the biggest game for England for decades. Team news will be out around an hour before kick-off.​
Kick-off time schedule
Kick-off is set for 3PM on Saturday, July 7th. England are aiming for their first World Cup quarter-final victory since beating Cameroon 3-2 in 1990 in Italy. Sweden are in their fifth World Cup quarter-final, and are looking for their first win since 1994 at this stage.​
Last Game
England and Sweden have faced twice already in World Cup finals. Both ended in draws, and both were in the group stages (1-1 in 2002 and 2-2 in 2006). The last time they met in a major tournament, though, was in the 2012 European Championships where they finished 3-2 winners. Mellberg scored twice for Sweden after Andy Carroll had put England in front and goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck ensured England came from behind to win in front of 70,000 fans in Kiev. In total, this is the 25th meeting between the sides.​
Last England game
England faced Colombia in Moscow in their last match, and will hope to return there for the final. This time, they play in Samara. The Samara Arena, as it’s been dubbed for the tournament, a change from the Cosmos Arena, was only opened in April and its metal dome design is inspired by space exploration. It’s one of the most striking stadiums of the tournament and can seat 41,970 supporters. A newly promoted side, FC Kyrlia Sovetov Samara, are set to play in it from next season in the Russian Premier League.​
Jesse Lingard crisis
But that has papered over England’s inability to score from open play. Jesse Lingard scored a screamer against Panama, but that was Panama. Southgate’s men must break down Sweden to beat them. That may be their biggest challenge.
Stats of England vs Sweden
One of England’s great strengths so far has been their success from set pieces. Sweden are a taller team, and have been disciplined in the penalty area so far in the tournament of VAR where penalties are dished out regularly. Harry Kane’s goal tally, and therefore England’s progress, has been massively aided by penalties after players have been brought down ahead of set piece deliveries. England have rarely capitalised on set pieces before this World Cup, but it’s an easy way to separate yourself from other sides, particularly on the international stage because opposition defences are less well organised in comparison to club defences. At the 2014 World Cup, 11% of goals came from corners compared to an average 2-3% in the Champions League. Now, England have benefitted from set pieces hugely. Kieran Trippier’s deliveries have been superb, set piece routines have been well thought through and produced goals, goals, goals, including two for centre-back John Stones against Panama.​
Sweden front against big teams
So, after some impressive performances, Sweden do pose a threat. Yes, they should theoretically be easier to beat than Brazil or France or Uruguay. But simultaneously, they could knock England out easily. They’re a very different opposition to Tunisia, who were strong in midfield but not elsewhere, and Panama, who were abysmal on all fronts, and Belgium, whose B team was an unknown quantity but one of quality, and Colombia, whose tactics of hard bullying and aerial set-piece threat could only be overcome by penalties. Sweden are different to all of them. This is where tournament sides are separated from your generally good sides, and it’s where England have often faltered, at the hands of sides who have surprised them.
Sweden performance
For Sweden, it’s been a fantastic tournament, too. They have no stand-out star in their side, no obvious strength and most expected them to be knocked out at the group stages. The same was true when they faced Switzerland. They were not expected to be here. But spirited and solid performances have ensured they are here, and with some impressive young talent. The issue for Southgate and England is that how to beat Sweden is so hard to decide because quite why they finished winners against South Korea, Mexico and Switzerland is not an easy question to answer. They weren’t undeserving winners, but rather “everything about them is difficult,” as Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka concluded.​
England line-up
Therefore, England’s line-up will likely be: Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young; Henderson, Alli, Lingard; Sterling, Kane. Some have questioned whether Raheem Sterling’s performances have been good enough. He’s lacked end product, but so too have Lingard and others at times. Sterling’s importance is that he lends balance to the side. His presence helps drag defenders away from Kane and gives the England captain space in which to excel in. ​
Starting Line-ups of England vs Sweden
England’s starting XI has thus far been a consistent one. Manager Gareth Southgate only made significant changes for the Three Lions’ final group game, a 1-0 defeat to Belgium, when they had already qualified. Only one doubt exists for the quarter-final, and it’s Ashley Young, the veteran Manchester United winger-cum-fullback who is playing at his first World Cup at the age of 32. Young picked up a knock in the Round of 16 victory against Colombia and was subbed off for Danny Rose. He may not be fit for Saturday’s game. Rose would come in to replace him but no other changes are expected.​
Last games between England and Sweden
Looking back at England’s defeat to Belgium, there was great debate at the time about whether England actually wanted to win the game. With their route to the final including Sweden and then one of Croatia and Russia, many back England to reach the final. Had they beaten Belgium and finished top of their group instead, they would now be facing Brazil and then one of France and Uruguay. It is one of the greatest imbalances to a draw in World Cup history. One could argue that the best remaining teams in the tournament are all on the opposite side of the draw to England.​
Southgate performance as manager
One of Southgate’s great achievements so far as England boss has been the downplaying of expectations without reducing ambition. The aim has always been to become World champions for him and his squad. But in the media, Southgate has been reserved with his words, and it’s worked. Ambitions high, expectations mild - the perfect combination. The mission to continue that has been made more difficult with England’s round of 16 win against Colombia and a 6-1 thumping of Panama.
Minute by minute updates of England vs Sweden Live
VAVEL UK will bring you live minute-by-minute updates and a huge amount of build-up before England face Sweden in this World Cup quarter-final in Samara. This is the first time the country has reached a quarter-final since 2006. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal beat England then, with Ronaldo’s infamous wink, but they’re out. So too are Spain, Argentina, Germany while Italy nor the Netherlands qualified. England are now one of the big boys of the Russian World Cup.​
Calmness in England team
Calmness, entertaining football and penalty shootout victories are three things that have very rarely encapsulated English football. They have done so during the 2018 World Cup. Not consistently, but all have been witnessed at various points. Calmness is no longer exuded, because “football’s coming home” for the English fans at home, in Russia and abroad elsewhere singing the chant across the continent and the world.
Extraordinary achievement for England
But Gareth Southgate’s England have overcome the nation’s cursed past in World Cup penalty shootouts, they have avoided controversy and entertained. So far, they have succeeded. Something seems different about them. Now they must face Sweden to reach a World Cup a semi-final, which would be an extraordinary achievement.