The semi-finals of FIFA World Cup 2018 are about to begin and from the last two quarterfinals held on Saturday, we have two more semi-finalists. England showed a brilliant performance against Sweden and the penalty shootouts determined Croatia as the winner. Following some remarkable wins, the teams have advanced to the semi-finals for some great action.
In the first match, England had a great win. The players put on a brilliant display of skills and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's three amazing saves secured the team's place in the semi-finals. Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli made sure that the team leads till the end of the regulation time. With the help of their scoring England was able to defeat the Swedish side.
Croatia and Russia had an enthralling match and the win for former came in the last seconds during the penalty shootout. The extra time ended at 1-1 and a penalty shootout was resorted to for breaking the tie. At 3-3 in the penalty shootouts, all eyes were on Ivan Rakitic who scored the winning penalty to propel his team ahead.
England vs Sweden: The first half of the game saw The Three Lions leading. As in the 30th minute, Maguire's header helped open the scoreboard. In the 58th minute, Dele Alli's ensured that the English side has a comfortable lead heading late in the game. The Swedish side gave a tough fight to England but it was England who proved a bit too strong on the day. Utilising the strengths of set-pieces and crosses into the box, England displaced Swedish from the game.
Watch all the goals and important moments from the game here:
Croatia vs Russia: For Russia
, they had already created a stir ahead of the quarterfinals with their previous performances and fans were more than eager to see the home team surge ahead. Both the teams were abuzz with energy as they set out to play but the actual game started after 30 minutes when the players began hitting the net. The opening goal was scored by Denis Cheryshev of Russia and it was equalised by Andrej Kramaric within minutes. Since then, the game oscillated between Croatia and Russia.
In the extra time, Croatia took the lead this time around with Domagoj Vida's goal in the 100th minute. But the homes side wasn't backing off as in 115th minute Mario Fernandes made the equaliser. After equalising the second goal in added time, the teams proceeded to the penalty shootout. The shootout ended in favour of Croatia, who defeated the hosts after a winning last shot by Ivan Rakitic. The team gave their best and Russians deserve equal praise for reaching so far, which is more than what was expected out of them.
Watch the entire action from the Russia vs Croatia match down below:
The victorious teams have progressed to the semi-finals and are set to take on each other in the match next week. Winning praise for the spectacular performances, both the teams are determined to make a mark which shatters their previous records. Beginning from Tuesday, July 10th, the semi-finals will have France and Belgium against each other in the first match and England vs Croatia in the second.
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