November 13, 2018

England aim for more against Sweden after exorcising penalty ghosts

04 July 2018, 10:17 | Max Haynes

Harry Kane is England's leader and talisman Credit

Harry Kane salutes the fans

(1986 World Cup winner) Diego Maradona was not acting, (Argentina captain) Lionel Messi is not acting.

The national teams, which cleared the round of Last 16, are hosts Russia, Croatia, Uruguay, France, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden and England.

Overturning long-held preconceptions about football's two main land masses, this year's quarter-finals pitch thrilling and adventurous European teams against pragmatic, stubborn and defensively-minded South American opponents.

England, however, face a hard task Saturday, having not won back-to-back knock-out games at the World Cup since 1990, and they face a team that has kept a clean sheet in three of its four games and only lost against Germany in stoppage time.

All three are doubts for the quarterfinal against Sweden in Samara on Saturday after reporting problems to the England medical team after the victory in Moscow. "This is the style of the English clubs".

Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: "Football".

A statement posted on the pub's Facebook page said: "First, we'd like to thank everyone that came down throughout the games to watch and who helped created a fantastic atmosphere".

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"And then we beat Brazil in the final and it's home - it is easy".

He referred to Colombia's smashing equalizer in the 94th minute, and his only possible slip-up came with the word "ten", which might have been "twenty-five" for broader accuracy.

For all the drama around England, the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins.

England's main asset has been set plays, from which they have scored seven of their nine goals. In total, six Colombia players were booked to England's two.

Spain followed Argentina and Portugal out of the tournament on Sunday when they were beaten on penalties by hosts Russian Federation. Posting a photograph on Twitter, the official embassy account wrote that "football is for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation". The audience during the July 3 night match in Moscow totaled 44,190.

"I respect the history, and had I known this would offend people I would never have done it, and I wholly apologize".

"And the next round Sweden, all respect to Sweden it's going to be a great game but I think our boys will step up".

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