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RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: ENGLAND, CROATIA IN FANTASTIC WIN TO MEET IN SEMI FINAL

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England’s opponents in Wednesday’s semi-final have been confirmed after Croatia beat Russia in a penalty shootout.

The Three Lions will face Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after the World Cup hosts crashed out.

It came hours after England clinched a 2-0 win over Sweden in a dramatic match at the Samara Arena – enabling them to advance to their first semi-final since 1990.

Harry Maguire opened the scoring for England – heading the ball home from an Ashley Young corner half an hour into the game.

It was another typical England set piece and Maguire’s first international goal.

England celebrating their first goal
Image:England celebrating their first goal

Despite that, it was a jittery first half with England coming close several times. Just before the half-time whistle blew, Raheem Sterling twice had the ball deep in Sweden’s territory with little or no defence in front of him, but squandered both chances.

In the second half, Sweden looked dangerous as England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was forced to produce a stunning save after Marcus Berg’s towering header looked destined for the back of the net.

But England pressed home their advantage in the 58th minute with a Dele Alli header following an attack that seemed to involve most of England’s front line.

A Harry Maguire header gave England the lead 30 minutes in
Image:A Harry Maguire header gave England the lead 30 minutes in

Sweden’s response was never far away as Pickford was forced once more to make a quick reaction save after two close strikes from Sweden’s Viktor Claesson.

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