Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

England Fans Invaded An IKEA After Beating Sweden At The World Cup

England Fans Invaded An IKEA After Beating Sweden At The World Cup

"We had three excellent opportunities in the second half and we were unable to score on those attempts".

Denis Cheryshev's swerving left-footer from the edge of the box had opened the scoring for Russian Federation in the 31st minute of normal time but an unmarked Andrej Kramaric headed in a cross from Mario Mandzukic eight minutes later to restore parity.

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

Sterling and Harry Kane have formed a far more effective partnership than has been recognised. He sent in the feed, finding Maguire straightaway from the goal.

England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time to reach the quarter-finals, but upcoming opponents Sweden will pose another challenge that has proved notoriously hard in the past.

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

Like several of his team-mates Alli has experienced life away from football's top table and was plying his trade with MK Dons during the last World Cup. It was Maguire's first global goal, and England's 10th of the tournament. "They are forceful, well organised". We looked composed, we controlled the game.

The 1966 World Cup champions last reached the semifinals in 1990, losing the first of a series of haunting penalty shootouts.

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Southgate stuck with the same team that overcame Colombia on penalties in the last 16, while Sebastian Larsson returned for Sweden after missing the 1-0 win over Switzerland through suspension. He is best at making those runs for the goal and he can finish.

England dumped Sweden out of the World Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Swedish football journalist Kristopher Karlsson told AFP his country's success against England can be partly traced to the footballing links between the two nations.

Sterling easily had the beating of Sweden's Andreas Granqvist and Victor Lindelof with his determination to break in behind and pull the defenders out of place.

And Kemp was equally enthusiastic when Jordan Pickford made a stunning second-half save which kept England in front.

The lead was doubled just before the hour-mark when Alli converted Jesse Lingard's cross from close range.

After the game, Harry Maguire said: "It was my first global goal on the biggest stage of them all".

He saved superbly from Viktor Claesson before tipping a shot from Berg over the bar and that was enough to ensure Swedish hopes of reaching their first semi-final since 1994 were dashed.

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