England who have the third youngest team at the world cup took on a more senior side in Sweden for a semi final-spot in Samara.25 year old Harry Maguire thirtieth minute thumping header from a Ashley Young cornerkick gave England a 1-0 lead.Dele Alli doubled that inthe fiftyninth minute with a header that went past goalkeeper Olssen after a delightfull chip by Jesse Lingard.Sweden didn’t really lay a glove on England,they did though call goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who made a couple of good but regular saves from Al Ain striker Marcus Berg.England have made it to the Semi-final for the first time since Italia 90,they have also scored eleven goals the same number they scored when they last won the world cup in 1966.
Uruguay were looking to win an eightth game in a row as France were looking to get to the world cup semi-finals spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe born after France’s triumph on home soil in 1998.Varane have the French the lead with a brillant header after a Griezmann freekick five minutes before half time they doubled their lead inthe fiftyfirst minute after a mistake by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera who put the ball into his own net after a Griezmann shot.So inthe end heartbreak for Oscar Tabarez’s men as they say bye to Russia.France take on the winner of the Brazil and Belgium game.
Sweden were looking to win a world cup knockout stage game for the first time in twenty four years.It was a poor first half that saw both sides make mistakes especially the Swiss who at times gave the ball away in dangerous areas but Sweden couldn’t capitilize.Sweden took the lead inthe sixtysixth minute after RB leipzing midfielder Emil Forsberg’s goal bound shot deflected off Borrusia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji’s boot deceiving the goalkeeper Jan Sommer.Sommer who upto that point had made some excellent saves to keep his team inthe game.Michael Lang was sent off after he carelessly slide into the feet of Olssen denying him a clear goal scoring opportunity.
An engaging night in Rostov saw belgium come from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2. Belgium did slighty dominate the first half but Japan also caused them problems onthe couter attack.But it was inthe second half that things really lit up.Japan took the lead inthe fourty eighth minute through Genki Haraguchi ,the Hannover foward recieved a defence splitting pass from Shibaski and fired the ball past a helpless Courtois.Four minutes later Japan doubled their lead after a brilliant shot that curled past the goalkepeer from new Real Betis midfielder Takashi Inui.Belgium responded brilliantly with a Vertonghen header inthe sixty nineth minute and they leveled it up through Fellaini,who jumped highest to meet a Eden Hazard cross and planted his header right inthe middle of the goal past the thirty five year old Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.Kawashima was again inthe spotlight as he made two brilliant saves first from Nacer Chadli and then showed incredible reflexes to deny Romelu Lukaku.Courtois was also called into action inthe latter stages of match.Belgium scored the winner after a quick counter attack from a Japan cornerkick through Nacer Chadli becoming the first team to win a world cup match after being 2-0 down since west germany beat England inthe 1970 world cup.
Mexico were hoping to pull another memorible victory aganist one of the favorites Brazil in Samara.Neymar put the Brazilians ahead inthe fiftyfirst minute after a low cross from Chelsea’s Willian.Neymar again was involved inthe second goal with a great ball through to Firmino who buried it beutifully.Brazil go through to the quater finals but Mexico knock out stage curse goes on.
Mathias Jorgensen gave the Danes the lead just 58 seconds into the match,Mario Mandzukic equalised just three minutes later.Luka Modric had a penalty saved by Schmeichal deep in extra time after Mathias Jorgensen brought down Rebic.After a seasaw penalty shootout Ivan Rakitic the last man out of the ten men who stepped up slotted it past the goalkeeper to secure his side a quater final spot.They face Russia.
Uruguay overcame Portugal 2-1 inthe second knockout game at the world cup.Edinson Cavani gave Uruguay the lead just after seven minutes with a great header from a Suarez cross.Pepe equalised for Portugal inthe 55th minute through a header after a cross from Guerreiro.Cavani bagged the winner inthe 62nd minute a sweet strike that curled past goalkeeper Rui patricio.Uruguay face France inthe quater finals.