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RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: ENGLAND AND SWEDEN WIN TO SET UP A QUARTER FINAL MEET

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England banished their World Cup penalty shootout demons on Tuesday night against Colombia in the Round of 16. England went ahead thanks to a second half penalty kick from — who else? — Harry Kane, the Three Lions conceded a late goal in injury time thanks to a Yerry Mina header, endured 30 minutes of extra time, and went on to win only their second major tournament penalty shoot-out since 1990 behind blasts from Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane, Kieran Trippier, and Eric Dier.

England started three of the five Tottenham players — Kane, Trippier, and Dele Alli — but all five Spurs players ended up in the match after Danny Rose and Eric Dier came on as a late substitutes.

England was well on top for most of the match, eventually earning a penalty in the 54th minute when Carlos Sanchez took down Harry Kane in the box, and Kane went on to convert from the spot.

But Colombia fought until the final whistle and scored a stoppage time equalizer. Jordan Pickford came up with an unbelievable save on a rocket of a shot by Santiago Arias, but the Colombians scored on the ensuing corner, with Yerry Mina rising up above everyone to head in a goal.

Kane became the first English player in 79 years to score in six consecutive appearances.

 

SWEDEN SENDS SWITZERLAND HOME

Sweden eked out a win over Switzerland in an all-European battle at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 scoreline. The Swiss team dominated possession, had more shots (18 to 12), but just couldn’t break through a stingy Swedish defense, as the yellow and blue move on to face either England or Colombia on Saturday.

It was a goal by Emil Forsberg in the 66th minute which deflected off a Swiss defender and went in that proved to be the difference in this one.

A tough blow for Switzerland, which played well, but couldn’t find a breakthrough against a strong, tall Swedish defense that was compact and shielded its goalkeeper from danger. Sweden once again didn’t dominate the ball, didn’t create many chances, but got the job done. There’s no doubt the Swedes will be a tough out for England.

Compiled from sbnation.com, washingtonpost.com and cbssports.com

Table: scoresway.com

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