Thursday, 19 July, 2018

England has better chance against Brazil than Sweden, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

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Cassandra Gardner | 06 July, 2018, 23:12

Colombian protests aside, England has advanced and will take on Sweden on Saturday. He was the standout player last season for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, scoring 25 goals in 21 matches to lead his team to the league and cup double.

The top half contains more heavyweights, with 1998 champions France taking on two-time winners Uruguay and Brazil set to face Belgium.

Federation Internationale de Football Association says it "strongly rebukes" comments made by its ambassador Diego Maradona criticising American referee Mark Geiger's handling of England's win against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday.

"It's the headline we have waited a lifetime to write".

With Russia and Croatia advancing via shootouts Sunday, the Swedes have been practicing their spot kicks and Andersson said he has ranked his entire squad in terms of their proficiency from the penalty spot.

Sweden, therefore, have both the brand of football and the history to upset Gareth Southgate's men on Saturday afternoon.

The first game of the day will feature Sweden and England, who won this competition in 1966 as hosts, after defeating West Germany in the final.

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Sweden, devoid of a free scoring talisman in the wake of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's global retirement, have worked hard on being difficult to breakdown and a major threat from set-pieces. We have underestimated them for years.

"Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend, and they can defend in their own box as well. I don't want to go home yet".

Sweden reached the World Cup last eight for the first time since finishing third in 1994 after a scrappy 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

During the group stages, I remember saying that this will be an unforgettable World Cup as the first couple of results were in the bag.

Colombia tried to unsettle England through various methods of gamesmanship and Stones says some of their antics were the worst he has encountered, which made the victory all the more sweeter for the Manchester City star.

Much of the focus surrounding Brazil's bid for a record-extending sixth world title has inevitably been on Neymar. Yelling players surrounding the referee. He apologised for making an offensive gesture toward a South Korean fan at Argentina's opening 1-1 draw with Iceland in Moscow and also broke World Cup stadium rules by smoking a cigar.

"Ever since Janne took over, we've built and laid a new foundation", center back Andreas Granvqist said Monday, adding about Ibrahimovic: "Others have been allowed to take a step forward when we lost one of the world's greatest footballers".

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