Sports Soccer-England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach World Cup semis

19:06  07 july  2018
19:06  07 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Sweden blanks Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round

  Sweden blanks Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round, and thanks to South Korea, Mexico will also advance. Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted on penalty kick to help Sweden take control Wednesday and win Group F. Despite the loss, because South Korea beat Germany 2-0, Mexico also advances as runner-up in the group. Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups.Mexico's Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute.

England's Harry Maguire celebrates scoring their first goal © David Gray England's Harry Maguire celebrates scoring their first goal An impressive England advanced to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years on Saturday after headers by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli gave them a deserved 2-0 last-eight victory over a disappointing Sweden.

Center back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.

Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to deny Marcus Berg, twice, and Viktor Claesson after the break but England generally looked the more dangerous side and were rewarded when Alli headed the second from a Jesse Lingard cross in the 59th minute.

England previously reached the semi-finals in 1966, when they went on to win the World Cup for the only time, and 1990 and will next face either Russia or Croatia, who meet later on Saturday. (Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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