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RUSSIA 2018: CONTROVERSIES SURROUND ENGLAND AS THEY SEE OFF COLUMBIA- Switzerland and Columbia

Sweden and England are due to face off on Saturday at 2:00 pm GMT in the Quarter Finals of Russia 2018.

The two European sides will need to play above themselves in order to get to the finals as their previous matches were not much convincing.

Sweden Pips Switzerland

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Sweden were able to top a Group consisting of Germany, South Korea and Mexico. The lost their second game to Germany at the last minute when they succumbed to the German pressure to concede a free kick at the edge of the box.

Toni Kroos blasted the ball into the net to suspend Sweden’s qualification into the knockout stages as they had to beat Mexico 3-0 in their final group game.

The game against Switzerland appeared to be game of equals. Both sides played similar game with compact midfield and defence.

The first 45 minutes produced no goal and both sides game back better organised than the first half.

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Emil Forsberg got his shot nicely deflected to give Sweden the lead after 66 minutes of play. Switzerland pushed for the equalizer but could not bury their opportunities. The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Swedes.

 

Controversial Officiating sees England through

The last game of the round of 16 produced more controversies as the Three Lions of England eliminated Columbia from the spot.

Both sides could not produce any better goal scoring chances as the defensive set ups were tight.

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English captain Harry Kane was the toast of the center Referee who whistled for the least touch on the striker.Columbia suffered a little depression with so many yellow cards flashed at the least tackle.

The first session ended with no goals produced but the second session saw an open game from both sides.

RefereeĀ Mark Geiger of USA awarded a controversial penalty in the 56th minute for Harry Kane to slot home and make it 1 -0 for the English.

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Things became more difficult for Columbia who poured into attack to equalise yet saw yellow cards on any fight for the 50-50 balls.

Their hard works were rewarded profitably when Yerry Mina headed home to make it 1-1 just before the end of the whole game.

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The extra time could not produced any further goal as the two sides had to move into penalty shoot out.

Jordan Pickford became England’s hero when he saved two of the penalties from Columbia’sĀ  Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca. Before that, David Ospina in post for Columbia had saved that of Jordan Henderson. The game ended 4-3 in favour of England.

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