England beats Sweden 2-0 to advance to semi-final in Russian Federation

Although everyone is engrossed in their own lifestyle, carrying on working in their own profession on a daily basis, one topic which has never eluded the mind of each individual in the past month is that of the World Cup. But they were not alone in standing tall. And for the Swedes - they were sent home.

In the end, it was the English who move to the semifinals. But it was a classic.

England's fairly muted celebrations reflected the routine nature of the victory over a hard-working Swedish side that had already gone further than expected in its first major tournament without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We'll be back with coverage of the mouth-watering, all-European semi-finals.

That, in itself, was another sign of progress.

With twists and drama starting from the group stages to nearing the penultimate phase of the tournament, the World Cup in Russian Federation has truly exceeded expectations as we witness scintillating action on every matchday. That record speaks for itself. It was like a rugby union match and the ball was launched in that direction with Sweden trying to slow it down, sit deep and draw any pace they could out of England's approach.

Could it be. coming home?

In a goalless opening half-hour it was hard work. That helped them win a two-leg playoff against Italy to get to the World Cup, top a group containing Germany, and then beat Switzerland in the round of 16.

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Ashley Young was lining up for the cornerback more than halfway through the first frame.

Raheem Sterling may come under criticism for freezing in front of goal twice in as many minutes, but his driving runs and pace were key to sustaining the pressure on Sweden's backline.

The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist. Sure enough, he was - before a ball had even been kicked.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was notably called into action early in the second half when he saved Marcus Berg's header.

It proved so important. Alli managed to get his head on the feed, slipping it past Olsen for a second time.

Game over? Not quite. Another small record. And now a bigger one awaits.

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