Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

20 million watched England World Cup victory against Sweden

20 million watched England World Cup victory against Sweden

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England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last 16.

Yet the performances of Gareth Southgate's squad - the second youngest at the tournament - are being celebrated wildly back home.

"It's a good football side and they don't give a lot of openings".

Confidence, optimism and expectation is sweeping the country as England supporters dare to dream football may be on its way home.

England has advanced further than was widely expected. 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.

They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by a goal Sweden isn't used to conceding.

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"England are absolutely good enough to win the World Cup", the Sweden coach said.

It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the centre back's first in global football. Maguire out jumped the Swedish defenders and put his head on the ball from about six yards out, beating Robin Olsen to the near post netting.

England's Marcus Rashford, left, comforts Sweden's Victor Lindelof at the end of their quarterfinal match.

The scoreline stayed the same for the remainder, with Alli, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane continuing to menace Sweden's defence, while Jordan Pickford made a string of smart saves to preserve England's clean sheet. Some lovely possession and patience resulted in the ball at Jesse Lingard's feet atop the box.

Game over? Not quite.

England crowned another goalscoring hero named Harry on Saturday, but it was Maguire, not Kane, who helped the Three Lions into the last four of a World Cup for the first time in a generation.

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