Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Euphoria unchained as England breeze into semi-finals

England vs Sweden tactics What will Gareth Southgate have to prepare for in England's quarter final against Sweden
Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 00:44

They were set on their way when Maguire rose imperiously to head home from a corner and Alli added the killer blow after the break as England showed they are not entirely dependent on the tournament's leading scorer Harry Kane for goals.

England's deep run also is a surprise.

The last time Sweden reached the semi-finals was in U.S. 1994 where they finished third while England last made it into semi-finals in Italy 1990.

A fine cross from the left found Berg at the far post, with his powerful header forcing an outstanding one-handed stop out of Pickford. They complement each other well and although Kane was not at his best against Sweden, and although attention focussed on Sterling wasting a clear first-half chance when through on goal, they are ideal playing together to cause problems for Croatia's centre-backs.

"I know loads of fans have come here and some have gone back home, but we are doing this for all of them".

There was emotional scenes in Russian Federation and at home among the England fans, who have long suffered from tournament heartbreak.

They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by a goal Sweden isn't used to conceding.

The scoreline stayed the same for the remainder, with Alli, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane continuing to menace Sweden's defence, while Jordan Pickford made a string of smart saves to preserve England's clean sheet.

So how are the team feeling as they prepare to play Croatia on Wednesday? Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over.

Virtually from the kickoff, Sweden sent a long pass forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on.

They lacked the resilience displayed in the last-16 defeat of Switzerland, but Andersson said the outcome was through England's excellence more than anything. "I wanted to say that already on the pitch, too, to our players".

England and Sweden faced off in the World Cup on Saturday morning, and a familiar dance from Fortnite just so happened to make an appearance in the game.