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World Cup 2018 : England to face Croatia in semi-final

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England have confirmed their semi-final of World Cup 2018 after Croatia beat Russia in a penalty shootout on Wednesday. The Three Lions will face Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after the World Cup hosts crashed out.

It came hours after England clinched a 2-0 win over Sweden in a dramatic match at the Samara Arena enabling them to advance to their first semi-final since 1990.

Harry Maguire opened the scoring for England — heading the ball home from an Ashley Young corner half an hour into the game.

Despite that, it was a jittery first half with England coming close several times. Just before the half-time whistle blew, Raheem Sterling twice had the ball deep in Sweden’s territory with little, no defence in front of him, but squandered both chances.

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In the second half, Sweden looked dangerous as England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was forced to produce a stunning save after Marcus Berg’s towering header looked destined for the back of the net.

But England pressed home their advantage in the 58th minute with a Dele Alli header following an attack that seemed to involve most of England’s front line.

Likewise, Croatia ended Russia’s unlikely World Cup dream when they won 4-3 on penalties to eliminate the gallant hosts after a dramatic quarter-final ended 2-2 after extra time on Saturday.

Fyodor Smolov saw Russia’s first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts’ fate was sealed when Mario Fernandes fired completely wide from their third attempt.

Croatia then went ahead with a soft header in the 11th minute of extra time but Brazilian-born Fernandes headed the hosts level with five minutes of play remaining to send the game to penalties.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

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Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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