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Sports The Latest: England leads Sweden 1-0 at halftime in quarters

19:00  07 july  2018
19:00  07 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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MOSCOW — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local):

5:47 p.m.

England leads Sweden 1-0 at halftime in the World Cup quarterfinal match against Sweden after Harry Maguire scored in the 30th minute.

Maguire's header off a corner bounced before it beat Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olson. It was Maguire's first international goal, and England's 10th of the tournament.

It's the only time other than the dying moments of its stoppage time loss to Germany in the group stage that Sweden has trailed in the tournament.

England dominated possession with 59 percent in the first half, while Sweden took a more defensive approach.

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The winner in Samara will go into a semifinal against the winner of Saturday's later match between Russia and Croatia in Sochi.

England, which won its only World Cup in 1966, hasn't reached the semifinals since 1990.

Sweden last made it to the semifinals in 1994 but fell 1-0 to Brazil in Pasadena.

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5:31 p.m.

England has gone up 1-0 in its quarterfinal match against Sweden with Harry Maguire's bouncing header off a corner kick in the 30th minute in Samara.

Maguire outmaneuvered Emil Forsberg to nod Ashley Young's kick down between goalkeeper Robin Olson and Ola Toivonen, who was guarding the post. It's Maguire's first international goal in his 10th match for England.

It's the only time Sweden has trailed in the tournament other than the dying moments of its 2-1 stoppage-time loss to Germany. The winner will face Russia or Croatia in the semifinals.

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4:25 p.m.

Alex Ovechkin has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup.

The captain of the Washington Capitals has brought the NHL trophy to a Moscow fan zone where World Cup games are screened. Ovechkin lifted the Cup above his head in front of a crowd of fans, who were allowed to take photos with the trophy.

Ovechkin said he wishes the Russian soccer team well in its quarterfinal with Croatia later Saturday in Sochi. He says "the national team did a great a job for the fans, everyone is so happy, miracles can happen, we are not far away from the final. We need to fight, and our players understand it, they will do everything that they can."

Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup championship a month ago in his 13th season in Washington.

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3:50 p.m.

England coach Gareth Southgate made no changes for Saturday's quarterfinal match with Sweden, sticking with the same starting lineup he used against Colombia to open the knockout round in Russia.

Sweden brought back Sebastian Larsson, who was suspended for yellow card accumulation for the team's match against Switzerland, while inserting Emil Krafth for Mikael Lustig, who is suspended this time out.

Here are the lineups:

England: Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young, Dele Alli.

Sweden: Robin Olsen, Emil Krafth, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Sebastian Larsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Albin Ekdal, Marcus Berg, Emil Forsberg, Viktor Claesson, Ola Toivonen.

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Soccer-France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftime .
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