Sweden 0-2 England:Sat July 7: Sweden v England – Samara, Full Time (Match 60)
Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli gave England a 2-0 win over Sweden as they reached their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.
Sweden: Olsen (6), Krafth (5), Lindelof (5), Granqvist (6), Augustinsson (6), Larsson (5), Ekdal (5), Forsberg (5), Claesson (6), Berg (6), Toivonen (5)
Subs: Guidetti (5), Martin Olsson (5), Jansson (NA)
England: Pickford (9), Walker (7), Stones (7), Maguire (9), Trippier (7), Lingard (7), Henderson (7), Alli (7), Young (7), Sterling (7), Kane (7)
Subs: Delph (NA), Dier (NA), Rashford (NA)
Man of the match: Jordan Pickford
Fresh from his heroics on Tuesday night in Moscow, the Everton stopper was at his best again on Saturday to extinguish any potential second-half anxiety.
His three saves – from Berg, Claesson and Berg again late on – were brilliant reaction stops, and though his distribution was scratchy at times, he finally got the clean sheet he had been craving at this tournament.
England were unchanged following the victory over Colombia in the last 16, while Sweden made two changes. Emil Krafth replaced the suspended Mikael Lustig in defence, while Sebastian Larsson returned from suspension in place of Gustav Svensson.
England will now play either Russia or Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening in Moscow
Sweden v England will go head-to-head in the Quarter-final 2018 World Cup in Russia on Saturday, July 7. Sweden v England match will be held at in Samara, Russia.
England have made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup – but just how tough will Sweden be in the next round? Sweden defeated Switzerland 1-0 on Tuesday, ahead of England’s dramatic penalty shootout win over Colombia, and the teams will now face off in Samara on Saturday afternoon for a place in the semi-finals.
Danger man: Emil Forsberg. Sweden’s match-winner against Switzerland was the best player on the pitch in Saint Petersburg – and the number 10, his country’s top creator, will be one England must keep a close eye on in Samara.
His goal against Switzerland – his first at Russia 2018 – came courtesy of a big deflection but his ability to make a yard of space for himself on the edge of the box created the opportunity.
Coming in from the left flank, the RB Leipzig midfielder has excellent close control, and is renowned for dribbling away from his markers. He can pick a pass too, and made more assists than any other player in the Bundesliga in 2016/17.
Forsberg is also Sweden’s set-piece specialist and will relish the chance to go for goal should his team be awarded a free-kick around the England penalty area.
Strength: Unity. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from international football there were questions – not least those posed by the striker himself – about how Sweden would cope without their talisman. But without their star man, Sweden have become closer as a unit and it is now their team ethic at the heart of their success.
The players are committed to the structure put in place by manager Janne Andersson and the boss himself summed up the environment in the camp when he praised everyone from players to technical staff after their 3-0 group stage win over Mexico. Three clean sheets in four matches underlines their organisation and discipline – although they will be without suspended defender Mikael Lustig against England.
Weakness: Goal scoring. Sweden’s winner against Switzerland came with the help of a huge deflection and they rarely looked like finding the net any other way. At times the finishing was awful, with Marcus Berg and Albin Ekdal, twice, wasting great chances to break the deadlock in the first half.
They did put three past an already qualified Mexico in their final group game – albeit with one penalty and one own goal – but also required a spot-kick to see off South Korea in their World Cup opener.
It’s a contrast to Sweden’s qualifying campaign, when they significantly outscored group rivals France, but, although Sebastian Larsson will return for their quarter-final after being banned against Switzerland and will add some creativity, set-pieces are likely to be their best chance of hurting England.
Team and Squad News
Sweden’s 23-man squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin
Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (FC Copenhagen), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea City).
Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Victor Nilsson-Lindelof (Manchester United), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Martin Olsson (Swansea City), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Filip Helander (Bologna), Pontus Jansson (Leeds United), Emil Krafth (Bologna).
Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders), Sebastian Larsson (Hull City), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa), Marcus Rohden (Crotone).
Forwards: Marcus Berg (Al Ain), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Isaac Kiese-Thelin (Waasland-Beveren).
England’s 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)