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Sport England shuts out Sweden to reach World Cup semifinals

19:58  07 july  2018
19:58  07 july  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

Forsberg delivers, Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals

  Forsberg delivers, Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals Emil Forsberg scored a deflected goal in the 66th minute to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over Switzerland and a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 24 years. Shy and understated, the 26-year-old Forsberg couldn't be more different than the larger-than-life Ibrahimovic, who ruled the Sweden team for more than a decade and was the greatest player the country ever produced.

SAMARA, Russia — England achieved something David Beckham’s generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup . Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday

England reached the World Cup semi - final for the first time since Italia 90 as Harry Maguire and Dele Alli struck either side of the interval to beat Sweden in Pickford denied Viktor Claesson and then Berg one more time to secure his first World Cup clean sheet as England closed out this landmark win

Harry Maguire (front) gave England a 1-0 lead in the first half.© Francisco Seco/AP Harry Maguire (front) gave England a 1-0 lead in the first half. England achieved something David Beckham’s generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final.

England has advanced further than was widely expected. Not even the England team from the early 21st century, containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and a young Wayne Rooney, ever got this far at a major tournament.

England, the 1966 World Cup champion, last reached the semifinals in 1990. In 2014, the team didn’t even make it out of the group stage.

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The surprising run in Russia is being fueled by goals from set pieces, and there was another against Sweden when Maguire headed in a corner from Ashley Young in the 30th minute. Alli added the second goal by meeting a far-post cross from Jesse Lingard with a powerful header in the 59th.

The Swedes were playing in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1994, when they reached the semifinals.

Sweden got its best chance two minutes into the second half on Marcus Berg’s header, but England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pushed it out of harm’s way.

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