Samara: Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England comfortably defeated Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990. Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then produced a series of crucial saves in the final half-hour to seal England’s long-awaited spot in the last four. It was just a second England victory over Sweden in nine competitive meetings.
This was England’s most complete performance of Russia 2018 in what was a highly-credible team effort.
Three outstanding saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford awarded them with their first clean sheet of the tournament.
Matching the glorious past
- 11th goal of World Cup 2018 Ali scored for England on Saturday, equalling the country’s record of most goals at a single WC in 1966, the first and only edition when they went on to lift the trophy.
- 3rd time England have reached last four stage in WC history a- the last time was in 1990 when they lost to eventual champions West Germany and in 1966 when they won the title at home.