In today’s first game we saw Sweden and Switzerland fighting to continue their run in the world cup. Despite Switzerland keeping possession for most of the game, they could not finish any chances they created. Sweden on the other hand got lucky in the 66thminute when Emil Forsberg shot from just outside the box into the top left corner to win Sweden the game. We will see Sweden in the quarterfinal round and will play on Saturday.
People knew that the match between England and Columbia would be interesting because of their two contrasting styles of play, and it did not disappoint. Columbia has a very quick attacking offense, meaning they don’t spend much time possessing the ball and they use their speed and skill to create chances fast. England on the other hand uses a lot of strategy when possessing the ball and will build up plays for a while before they decide to try and score. Their technique came into play when England received a penalty kick which Harry Kane converted into a goal in the 57thminute. The game seemed over until Columbia’s Juan Cuadrado crossed the ball to Yerry Mina to finish with a header into the top left corner with one minute left of extra time to not only tie the game but force it to overtime. When neither team scored in overtime, it all came down to penalty kicks. After both teams had scored twice on PKs, England’s Jordan Henderson was the first to miss when Columbian’s goalie made an impressive block. Following this shot Columbia’s Mateus Uribe barely overshot the ball and accidentally hit the goalpost. England scored on their next attempt but England’s keeper was the player of the game when he blocked Carlos Bacca’s shot to win them the game.
I couldn’t be prouder of @england – a victory in a penalty shootout! You have well and truly earned your place in the final eight of the #worldcup and you should know the whole country is right behind you for Saturday! Come on England! W
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 3, 2018