Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham make friendly wager on Sweden-England

Annette Crawford
July 7, 2018

Sweden last reached the World Cup semifinals in 1994, and ended up finishing third.

Similarly, the Three Lions showed nerves of steel to overcome a stubborn Colombia side 4-3 on penalties after the South Americans equalised deep in stoppage time making it 1-1 in their last 16 tie.

Gareth Southgate's side were to emerge victorious on Saturday, with Harry Maguire and Dele Alli getting the goals in a 2-0 win.

As they march forward to the semi-finals, Beckham can start readying himself for a trip to London with Ibrahimovic.

'We played the way we said we would and we attacked the game.

The Three Lions are due to open their UEFA Nations League campaign that evening against Spain. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, but it's about us as a team.

Gustav Svensson and Sweden will look to continue their improbable run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against England in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 a.m. PT at Samara Arena in Samara. But even if Southgate is forced to make changes, he's confident it won't be to the detriment to the team's performance.

"I feel privileged to be in this position", he said.

The importance of the keeper's contribution was swiftly underlined with England doubling their lead in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard's teasing cross into the box was met by Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen. "We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history".

This was England's most complete performance of Russian Federation 2018 in what was a highly-credible team effort.

England had not kept a clean sheet in its four previous matches and had Pickford to thank for ensuring it did not concede this time. We knew we would have lots of possession but I thought we controlled it well and we moved it quickly.

The Daily Telegraph: "After winning a World Cup match via a penalty shoot-out, we are officially daring to dream". Young did not have too much to deal with defensively so the onus was more on his effective use of the ball and he delivered - completing 91.3 per cent of his passes, the best among England's back five.

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