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Saturday, 7 July 2018
World Cup 2018 Finals Quarter Final, Match Three

Sweden 0 England 2 [0-1]

Cosmos Arena (Samara Arena), Ulitsa Dal'nyaya, Kirovskiy Rayon, Samara, Russia
Kick-off (SAMT): 6.00pm 3.00pm BST.

Sweden kicked-off. 96 minutes 46:16 & 50:05 Match Summary
Sweden Squad
England Squad
  [0-1] Harry Maguire 30 29:49
11-yard header from a Young corner.
[0-2] Dele Alli 59 58:02
6-yard placed header from a Lingard cross.
John Guidetta 87 86:29
Seb Larsson
90+4 93:28
Harry Maguire 87 86:22
Commentator: Guy Mowbray with Martin Keown

Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands



Referee (black) - Björn Kuipers
 45 (28 March 1973), Oldenzaal, FIFA-listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra
Reserve Assistant Referee - Paul Cebrian Devis, Spain
General coordinator - Russell Paul, South Africa
Match commissioner - Alim Arifov, Uzbekistan

Fourth official - Antonio Mateu Lahoz
, Spain
Video Assistant Referee - Danny Makkelie
, Netherlands
Assistant Video Assistant Referees - Bastian Dankert
, Germany, Carlos Astroza, Chile and Felix Zwayer, Germany

7 Goal Attempts 12
3 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
1 Corner Kicks Won 6
2 Offside Calls Against 1
10 Fouls Conceded 7
43% Possession 57%

Sweden Team



FIFA (7 June 2018) 24th
EFO ranking
Group 8
ELO rating
12th to 18th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow jerseys with blue/yellow collars and blue Adidas side trim, blue shorts with yellow Adidas side trim, yellow socks with blue Adidas trim.
Capt: Andreas Granqvist Coach: Jan Olof Andersson, 55 (29 September 1962), appointed June 2016.
25th match, W12 - D 5 - L 8 - F 40 - A 21.
Sweden Lineup
1 Olsen, Robin P. 28 8 January 1990 G FC København, Denmark 23 0
16 Krafth, Emil H.K., off 85th min. 23 2 August 1994 RB Bologna FC 1909 SpA, Italy 15 0
3 Lindelöf, Victor J.N. 23 17 July 1994 CD Manchester United FC, England 25 1
4 Granqvist, Andreas 33 16 April 1985 CD Helsingborg Idrottsförening 77 8
17 Claesson, Viktor J.A. 26 2 January 1992 CM FC Krasnodar, Russia 27 3
6 Augustinsson, H.C. Ludwig 24 21 April 1994 LB Sv Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 20 1
7 Larsson, B.U. Sebastian 33 6 June 1985 RM Allmänna Idrottsklubben 104 6
Larsson cautioned in the 94th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, after he tangled with Kane on the touchline, finally tripping him.
8 Ekdal, Albin 28 28 July 1989 CM Hamburger SV eV, Germany 39 0
9 Berg, B.E. Marcus 31 17 August 1986 LF Al-Ain FC, UAE 62 18
10 Forsberg, Emil P., off 65th min 26 23 October 1991 LM RB Leipzig eV, Germany 41 7
20 Toivonen, Nils Ola, off 65th min 32 3 July 1986 RF Toulouse FC, France 64 14
Sweden Substitutes
scoreline: Sweden 0 England 2
11 Guidetti, John A., on 65th min (64:17) for Toivonen 26 15 April 1992 F Deportivo Alavés SAD, Spain 22 1
Guidetti was cautioned in the 87th min. for Ungentlemanly Conduct for a retaliation after he was tripped by Maguire.
5 Olsson, Martin T.W., on 65th min. (64:22) for Forsberg 30 17 May 1988 LB Swansea City FC, England 45 5
18 Jansson, Pontus S.G., on 85th min. (84:23) for Krafth 27 13 February 1991 CD Leeds United AFC, England 17 0
result: Sweden 0 England 2

unused substitutes:

12-Karl-Johan Jönsson, 13-Gustav Svensson, 14-Filip Helander, 15-Oscar Hiljemark, 19-Marcus Rohdén, 21-Jimmy Durmaz, 22-Isaac Kiese Thelin, 23-Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
4-4-2 Olsen -
(Jansson), Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson -
Larsson, Claesson, Ekdal, Forsberg
(Olsson) -
(Guidetti), Berg

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.9 Appearances/Goals 45.2 5.3


England Team


FIFA (7 June 2018) =12th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 8th to 5th
Colours: The Nike 2018 away shirt - Red v-necked jerseys with a shadowed St. George's flag, red shorts, red socks.
Capt: Harry Kane, ninth captaincy Manager: Gareth Southgate, 47 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
23rd match, W 13 - D 7 - L 3 - F 38 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 24 7 March 1994 G Everton FC 8 5 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 28 28 May 1990 RD Manchester City FC 39 0
18 Young, Ashley S. 32 9 July 1985 LWB Manchester United FC 38 7
12 Trippier, Kieran J. 27 19 September 1990 RWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 11 0
5 Stones, John 24 28 May 1994 LD Manchester City FC 31 2
6 Maguire, J. Harry 25 5 March 1993 CD Leicester City FC 10 1
Maguire was cautioned in the 87th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul after he tripped Guidetta as he reached for the ball.
7 Lingard, Jesse E. 25 15 December 1992 RAM Manchester United FC 16 2
8 Henderson, Jordan B., off 85th min 28 17 June 1990 CM Liverpool FC 43 0
9 Kane, Harry E. 24 28 July 1993 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 28 19
10 Sterling, Raheem S., off 90+1st min 23 8 December 1994
in Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 42 2
20 Alli, Bamidele J., off 77th min. 22 11 April 1996 LAM Tottenham Hotspur FC 28 3
England Substitutes
scoreline: Sweden 0 England 2
17 Delph, Fabian, on 77th min. (76:04) for Alli 28 21 November 1989 LAM Manchester City FC 14 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E., on 85th min. (84:07) for Henderson 24 15 January 1994 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 3
19 Rashford, Marcus, on 90+1st (90:38) for Sterling 20 31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 23 3
result: Sweden 0 England 2

unused substitutes:

3-Danny Rose, 13-Jack Butland, 14-Danny Welbeck, 15-Gary Cahill, 16-Phil Jones, 21-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 23-Nick Pope.

team notes:

Manager Gareth Southgate played against Sweden in September 1998 and in November 2001, but only an unused sub in the World Cup Finals 2002 opening group match. His 57th and final appearance came as half-time substitute against Sweden in the March 2004 defeat.
This is the first England match, since Euro 2016, to feature an unchanged side from the previous match.
Delli Alli became the second youngest player to score at the World Cup Finals.
His goal was England's eleventh, the most they have scored since the eleven in 1966.
This was also England's 100th match on a neutral ground.
3-5-2 Pickford -
, Maguire, Stones -
, Lingard, Henderson (Dier), Alli (Delph), Young -
Kane, Sterling

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 26.8 3.1

    Match Report by Mike Payne

No fuss, no heartache, in fact just what the doctor ordered!  That, in a nutshell, was the story of England’s quarter-final match against the well organised, but ultimately outplayed Swedish side, and now England will play a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990 and only the third time in all.  Deserved?  Definitely.  Without worry?  Not quite, but overall it was as comprehensive as any England fan could have hoped for.

The start of the game was understandably nervy from both teams as they tried to feel each other out, looking for cracks, eyeing up the formations, and generally trying to settle into a rhythm.  On six minutes Dele Alli robbed Emil Krafth but his pass that would have put Harry Kane in the clear was just overhit.  There were quite a few passes that went astray, from both sides, in that opening ten minutes.  Kyle Walker’s cross was cut out by goalkeeper Robin Olsen, and it was a real cat and mouse battle in these early stages.

On 13 minutes, the first chance for the Swedes as Viktor Claesson was given too much room and was able to fire in a shot.  Thankfully it went wide.  A minute later and a promising England move only ended with a poor cross from Ashley Young and a foul by Harry Maguire.  Sweden were looking to break quickly, which suited their formation, and England did not win the second balls too often for a while.  But on 17 minutes there was a genuine chance for England.  A quick break by Raheem Sterling put the Swedish defenders on red alert, but after a challenge came in the ball squirted free and Kane was just a whisker away with a shot past the post.

Over the next ten minutes England settled into that rhythm they sought and you could sense that the match was edging their way.  A series of good attacks built up the pressure on Sweden and the body language of the Scandinavians showed signs of panic.  On 28 minutes a fine England move ended with another cross from Young, which was hacked away desperately.  A dangerous Kieran Trippier cross was cut out, and England won a corner after another good attack.  England have become something of an expert as these set plays in the last month and when Young’s corner came in Maguire rose majestically to power home a superb header!  The goal was no less than England deserved, and the good thing was they then wanted to go for the jugular.

Jordan Henderson, eager to atone for his long-forgotten penalty miss against Colombia, shot over, and the Liverpool man was revelling in the midfield battle, working his socks off for the cause.  So much hard work was being shown by the whole team and the pace of Sterling was causing Sweden many headaches.  Twice he almost scored before the break as long passes found him clear.  The first saw him crowded out but the second, superbly taking the fine pass of Henderson and trying to round the keeper.  Olsen just got a hand to the ball and then Sterling was caught in two minds between a pass and a shot as he regained possession.  His final effort was deflected for a corner.  That would have been a great way to end the half and given the Manchester City star a goal he richly deserved in this game.  But it wasn’t to be although Gareth Southgate must have been delighted with how his team had handled the first-half.

England made an uncertain start to the second-half  and two minutes into it Sweden so nearly equalised.  A deep cross from the left was met by Marcus Berg’s downward header.  Jordan Pickford dived full length to his left to make a stunning save to clear the ball away.  The timing of that save was crucial and it emphasised how England needed to settle again.  This they did and on 54 minutes Sterling again came close with a good cross which was scrambled away.  You could again sense that something was about to happen for England as first Jesse Lingard’s shot was deflected for yet another corner, and then, on 58 minutes England finally scored that crucial second goal.  Sterling laid the ball back to Lingard who hit a first-time centre to the far post.  Alli did brilliantly to steal round the back, arriving late to head home a terrific goal.  Needless to say the England players, management and fans went wild with delight.

England needed to see the game out from here but they needed Pickford to save them again when Claesson fired in a low shot after the ball was laid back.  This time the goalkeeper dived to his right to make another fine save, with Henderson throwing himself at the ball to stop the rebound shot before England cleared the danger.  Once again, not only was it a fine save but again it was at a crucial time.  There were definite signs in the Swedish team that this was not to be their night and a few heads dropped.

A substitution was made by Sweden but it was England who so nearly scored again in the 65th minute.  After another fabulous corner routine had Sweden in all sorts of bother the ball dropped for Maguire, but this time he blazed the ball over the bar.  Alli then saw a good shot blocked before, on 72 minutes, Pickford made the third of his outstanding saves tipping over a close range strike by Berg.  Three times the goalkeeper had been called upon at vital times and three times he responded with magnificent saves.

As the minutes ticked down the England fans were chanting deliriously as even though there were still ten minutes plus stoppage time to go, it was calmness personified, so much were they in control, a rare feeling during an England game.  Lingard, still full of running broke well but just failed with his pass to Sterling, Fabian Delph came on for Alli and Trippier was tripped (been dying to write that!).  Eric Dier came on for the magnificent Henderson, and before the end Marcus Rashford replaced Sterling.  Although Sterling didn’t score he posed Sweden all sorts of problems with his pace and hard work.  Hope he is saving his goals for the next two games!

And that was it, as comfortable as it comes in the end, and it has to be said that all the England players contributed, with John Stones superb at the back with Walker and Maguire, Pickford outstanding, and all the players putting in incredible shifts for their teammates, the manager and the fans.  Great night and now we face Croatia, incredibly, for a place in the World Cup Final!!


Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor