Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. In their fourth-ever FIFA World Cup quarter-final, and their first since 1994, Sweden take on nine-time quarter-finalists England on Saturday at the Cosmos Arena in Samara.
Both teams are on the hunt for their first semi-final in over 20 years. Sweden have gone from strength to strength since losing to Germany in the group stage, and looked solid as they dispatched sixth-ranked Switzerland in the Round-of-16. Tight at the back, they’ve now kept a clean sheet in five of their last six matches.
England, however, will challenge that statistic. A youthful side has scored nine times in four matches so far, and finally got the experience of winning a WC shootout last round against Colombia. A vital psychological boost, no doubt!
The Three Lions’ (ENG) defeat in the final group stage match against Belgium is their only loss in their last 14 matches. Each of the two previous meetings between Sweden and England in WC finals (both being group stage matches) have ended in a draw.
Highlights of Sweden vs England:
# The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match. England are going to the Semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018!
# 90+4' Sebastian Larsson (Sweden) is literally asking for a yellow card with his behaviour. The referee agrees and books him.
# 90+1' That's the end of the game for Raheem Sterling, who is replaced by Marcus Rashford (England).
# We will have 5 min. of added time.
# 90' Ludwig Augustinsson (Sweden) takes the free kick from mid-range, but he balloons his effort high over the bar. What a miskick!
# 90' Harry Maguire (England) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Bjorn Kuipers has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle. Sweden have a free kick from a promising distance.
# 88' John Guidetti (Sweden) is given a yellow card.
# 88' Pontus Jansson (Sweden) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
# 87' A yellow card for a tackle by Harry Maguire (England). Bjorn Kuipers doesn't hesitate at all to make this decision.
# 85' It's time for a substitution. Eric Dier (England) comes on in place of Jordan Henderson.
# 85' Janne Andersson decides to make a substitution. Emil Krafth will be replaced by Pontus Jansson (Sweden).
# 83' England are showing great team chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly.
# 80' Emil Krafth (Sweden) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
# 79' The game is interrupted now, Emil Krafth (Sweden) picks up a knock and the physio has to come on.
# 78' A pass into the penalty area from Kieran Trippier (England) is intercepted by the defence.
# 76' Here comes a substitution. Fabian Delph (England) is brought on as a substitute for Dele Alli.
# 73' A pass by Jesse Lingard (England) ends up in no man's land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
# 73' The foul by Andreas Granqvist (Sweden) was seen by Bjorn Kuipers who didn't hesitate to blow the whistle.
# 71' SAVE! Jordan Pickford was forced into action to thwart Marcus Berg (Sweden). He found himself some space after picking up a pass and unleashed a shot towards the roof of the net but couldn't beat the keeper. It will be a corner kick for Sweden.
# 69' The resulting corner from Kieran Trippier (England) comes to nothing.
# 69' Dele Alli (England) produces an inaccurate low pass into the box that is blocked by the one of the defenders. If this pass had slipped through, the ball would have probably ended up in the back of the net. England force their opponents to concede a corner.
# 68' Dele Alli (England) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal, but it is bravely blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.
# 66' Harry Maguire (England) gets to the ball from the resulting corner but blazes it well over the bar.
# 66' Raheem Sterling (England) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him. England have a corner.
# 65' Janne Andersson has decided to make a change. Martin Olsson (Sweden) replaces Emil Forsberg.
# 65' The game has come to an end for Ola Toivonen. He has contributed as much as he could today. He will be replaced by the fresh legs of John Guidetti (Sweden)
# 64' John Stones (England) fails to find a teammate across the pitch with a long ball.
# 63' Viktor Claesson (Sweden) finds himself free inside the box and pulls the trigger, but his effort is brilliantly stopped by one of the defending players.
# 62' SAVE! Jordan Pickford was forced into action to thwart Viktor Claesson (Sweden). He found himself some space after picking up a pass and unleashed a shot to the left post but couldn't beat the keeper.
# 60' Kieran Trippier (England) attempts to set up his teammate with a scoring opportunity by chipping in a fine pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders intercepts his effort.
# 58' GOAL! Jesse Lingard hands Dele Alli (England) the simplest of tasks from close range after the cross evaded the keeper, and he makes no mistake with his header into the middle of the goal. 0:2.
# 57' Kieran Trippier (England) takes the corner, but the opposition's defence is ready and clears the ball to safety.
# 56' Jesse Lingard (England) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender. England force a corner. Their opponents will face another attacking threat.
# 54' Raheem Sterling (England) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area, but it's cleared by an opposing player.
# 51' Emil Forsberg (Sweden) attempts to surprise the keeper with a shot from distance, but it lacks accuracy and goes high over the crossbar.
# 47' SAVE! Marcus Berg (Sweden) rises above the opponent's defence and heads a precise cross towards the right post. His effort, however, is blocked by Jordan Pickford, who pulls off a stunning save!
# Second half begins!
# The referee blows his whistle for half-time, bringing to a close the first 45 minutes of the match.
# 45+1' Raheem Sterling (England) sends a pass into the box, but the opposition's defence is alert to the danger and makes a clearance. The ball goes out of play. England are awarded a corner kick.
# 45' SAVE! What a goal-scoring opportunity! Raheem Sterling (England) finds some space inside the box and gets in a strike, but the shot is brilliantly blocked by one of the defending players sliding in. Now England have a corner.
# 44' Raheem Sterling (England) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
# 42' Emil Forsberg (Sweden) sends a teasing cross into the area, but Jordan Pickford intercepts the ball.
# 40' Ashley Young (England) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
# 37' 0:1 – this is the current number of shots on target.
# 34' Kieran Trippier (England) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
# 33' Jordan Pickford (England) sends a long ball across the pitch, but it misses its target.
# 30' GOAL! Ashley Young takes the corner and Harry Maguire (England) rises highest near the penalty spot to plant a brilliant header into the left side of the goal. The score is 0:1.
# 29' A lofted cross from Kieran Trippier (England) is unsuccessful as the opponent's defence quickly clears the ball out of the penalty area. England get a corner.
# 28' Ashley Young (England) delivers a low pass into the box which is intercepted.
# 25' The game is interrupted as Marcus Berg (Sweden) is flagged offside.
# 23' Half-chance! Kieran Trippier (England) plays a pass into the box, but Robin Olsen reacts well to snuff out the attack.
# 21' Ashley Young (England) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition's defence quickly intercepts the ball.
# 20' CHANCE! Raheem Sterling plays the ball through to Harry Kane (England) on the edge of the box, he turns and shoots but it's a fraction wide of the left post.
# 18' Emil Krafth (Sweden) fails to find a teammate across the pitch with a long ball.
# 14' Ashley Young (England) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
# 12' Wasted effort! Viktor Claesson (Sweden) finds himself some space, looks up but sends a dreadful shot high over the bar from long range.
# 10' Kyle Walker (England) swings a cross into the box, but it's far too close to Robin Olsen, who smothers the ball.
# 8' Viktor Claesson (Sweden) sends the ball into the penalty area from a throw-in as if it's a corner kick.
# 6' Dele Alli (England) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Robin Olsen comes off the line to clear the ball away.
# 4' A crossfield pass from Albin Ekdal (Sweden) fails to find any of his teammates.
# 3' Jordan Henderson (England) attempts to find one of his teammates with a fine lofted pass, but the defence reacts well to intercept the effort.
# 2' Marcus Berg (Sweden) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
# Bjorn Kuipers is the referee for today's game.
# Kick off!
# Stat attack: Sweden have scored two or more goals in just one of their last 13 matches.
# Players to watch: In centre back Andreas Granqvist (75 caps), the Swedes have a man who has marshalled his teammates well, with the backline conceding just 0.16 goals per game in the last six. England, as ever, will have the indomitable Harry Kane (six goals in three WC matches) as their own captain, and his duel with Granqvist will be key to the result.
Sweden XI vs ENGLAND: Olsen, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Krafth, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Claesson, Berg, Toivonen
England XI vs SWEDEN: Pickford, Maguire, Stones, Walker, Trippier, Young, Henderson, Alli, Lingard, Sterling, Kane.
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