Russia 2018: England prove worth against gritty Swedes
World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 08/07/2018
While many keep suggesting that the Three Lions of England got an easy route to the Semi-Finals having dispatched Sweden 2-0 in Saturday’s quarterfinal duel, the records, and antecedence of the Swedes suggest otherwise.Though not seen as superpowers in Europe, the current Swedish team have players that can do enough to grind out results and even though things do not go their way in the quarter It is not a function of not being good enough.Qualifying for the World Cup was not gotten on a platter of gold, the Swedes had to do the unthinkable; denying four-time champions, Italy from qualifying for the Mundial for the first time in over three decades. Before their heroics in the playoffs, the Swedes got the better of Holland and France in qualifiers; results that testify to their quality.At the World Cup proper, Sweden thumped Mexico and Korea while also frightening Germany.In fairness, one area where Sweden held a statistical advantage was shots on target, 3 to 2. But on each attempt, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford came out best.
Pickford made a terrific save just after half-time from Marcus Berg header and with 20 minutes left it was Pickford again, this time tipping a rising Berg shot over the bar.