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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League Football: Army beats Brigade Boys
KATHMANDU- The departmental team, Nepal Army, beat the Brigade Boys Club in the first match of the seventh round games played today under the Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League Football Championship.
The match was held at the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) complex in Lalitpur.
Army edged Brigade Boys, one goal to nil. Tanka Basnet became the star player for the Army as the lone goal he converted Santosh Budhathoki’s pass ball into a goal through a header in the 67th minute which sealed the fate of the match.
Army’s Tek Bahadur Budhathoki was declared the Man of the Match. The Army is in the fourth position in the points table. It has 17 points from seven games. Brigade Boys is in the 11th place with four points from seven games.Follow @gorkhapost