7th July #WorldCup Reports! #SWEENG #England

Hello! What a day for an England fan, eh? We have reached our first semi-final for 28 years with a comfortable victory over Sweden, and boy does it feel good. Here are my match reports from yesterday’s two games, enjoy!Sweden 0-2 EnglandEngland beat Sweden easily to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for only the third time in their history. The Three Lions started brightly, and thirty minutes into the first half they took the lead when Harry Maguire headed in Ashley Young’s corner for his first ever international goal. It was a wonderful header with enough power and accuracy that meant no keeper could have saved it. Just before half time Raheem Sterling missed two easy chances, but to be fair to him even though he should have scored no other England players were making runs to get into dangerous positions. In the second half the pattern of play was similar as England dominated and created a few chances, with the lead being doubled 15 minutes into the second half to seal the game when Dele Alli, who was bad in the first half, headed home Jesse Lingard’s cross from close range. After 28 years of hurt, who would have thought reaching the World Cup semi-finals would be so comfortable for England? I know I certainly didn’t. Russia 2-2* CroatiaCroatia ended Russia’s incredible run in this World Cup by defeating the hosts on penalties and becoming only the second team to win back to back matches on penalties in World Cup history. The first fifteen minutes minutes were dominated by the Russians, but the tide swung for the next fifteen when Croatia came on top. However, during this time Denis Cheryshev put the underdogs into the lead with a Goal of the Tournament contender with his left foot from over thirty yards out. It didn’t last long though as Mario Mandzukic crossed the ball to an unmarked Andrej Kramaric to equalise for the Croats. The rest of the 90 minutes were made up of Croatia trying to break down Russia’s defence but not being able to find the final pass on any occasions. This meant it would go to extra time. In the 10th minute of it Domegoj Vida’s header somehow squeezed in between the post and Igor Akinfeev and it looked like Russia would be heading out. However, with five minutes of the match to go Mario Fernandes, formerly of Brazil having made one cap for the Selecao, headed his new nation level. The goal caused chaos in the stands as almost all of the crowd celebrated the crucial goal like a winner in the final itself. For the second time for both teams, the match would go to penalties. Fedor Smolov missed the first penalty with a weak Panenka to put the Russians on the back foot, and despite Akinfeev saving Mateo Kovacic’s effort they couldn’t get into the lead as Fernandes missed his penalty and gave Ivan Rakitic the opportunity to put the Croats through. It was an opportunity that he never looked like passing up, and he confidently put his side into a semi-final clash with England on Wednesday. Come on England!

2 thoughts on “7th July #WorldCup Reports! #SWEENG #England

  1. Great match reports. Let’s hope that things go England’s way on Wednesday and we can all keep feeling so chirpy. 😁

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