Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli gave England a 2-0 win over Sweden as they reached their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

 

 

England dominated the ball in Samara and were good value for the victory, but did have goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to thank for avoiding a nervous ending.

After a laboured start, England took the lead through Maguire’s header from a corner (30), his first international goal and England’s fifth from a set-piece at this World Cup, more than any other side.

 

 

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Sweden: Olsen (6), Krafth (5), Lindelof (5), Granqvist (6), Augustinsson (6), Larsson (5), Ekdal (5), Forsberg (5), Claesson (6), Berg (6), Toivonen (5)

Subs: Guidetti (5), Martin Olsson (5), Jansson (NA)

England: Pickford (9), Walker (7), Stones (7), Maguire (9), Trippier (7), Lingard (7), Henderson (7), Alli (7), Young (7), Sterling (7), Kane (7)

Subs: Delph (NA), Dier (NA), Rashford (NA)

Man of the match: Jordan Pickford

Alli doubled England’s lead on 58 minutes with another header, creeping in at the back post to convert Jesse Lingard’s cute delivery.

 

 

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