Sweden – Switzerland 1:0
Saint-Petersburg. The Stadium “Saint-Petersburg”. 3.07.2018.
Sweden: Olsen – Lustig (Kraft 82’), LindelEf Granqvist, Augustinsson – Klasson, Svensson, Ekdahl, Forsberg (Olsen’s 82’) – Berg (Thelin 90+1’), Toivonen. GL. coach: Janne Andersson.
Switzerland: Sommer Lang, Djourou, Akanji, Rodriguez – Behrami, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Dzemaili (Seferovic 73’), Zuber (Ambala 73’) – Drmic. GL. coach: Vladimir Petkovic.
Goals: Forsberg 66’.
Removal: lang 90+4’ (a foul of last hope).
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia).
Both teams spent a relaxed match, and the game was largely similar. The Swiss played very straight and was planning on riding to score in the penalty area constantly served Shaqiri, but without success. For the entire first half can remember a good kick from Dzemaili, but the ball went over the bar. The Swedes were sharper, helped by not very organized defense of the Swiss open flanks. This allowed us to strike the Forsberg, Berg and Akdala.
In the middle of the second half, Forsberg received the ball from Toivonen, was released on shock position in front of the penalty opponent and was able to prepare the kick for the attacking midfielder could not keep xhaka. The ball and flew straight into the arms of Sommer, but in his way stood a foot Akanji, the trajectory changed and the ball flying in a different direction from the goalkeeper, into the net.
Vladimir Petkovic was thinking how to save the situation for another few minutes, and then fielded Seferovic and Ambolo. They gave activity to attack Switzerland, but no more. And in the end, the Swedes came to the counter and brought Olsen on a date with the goalkeeper. Swedish punch could not, since lost his balance after the push in the back from lang. Right the backs of the Swiss were removed, and the free kick parried Sommer. That’s about it. Sweden reached the quarter-finals of the world Cup for the first time since 1994.
Colombia – England 1:1 (pen. 3:4)
Moscow. Stadium “Spartak”. 3.07.2018.
Colombia: Ospina – Arias (Zapata 116’), D. Sanchez, Mina, Mojica – Barrios, K. Sanchez (Uribe 79’), Lerma (Bakke 62’) – Juan Cuadrado, Quintero (Muriel 88’) – Falcao. GL. coach: Jose Pekerman.
England: Pickford – Walker (Radford 113’), Stones, Maguire – Trippier, Allie (Dyer 81’), Henderson, Lingard, Young (Rose 102’) – Sterling (Vardi 88’), Kane. GL. coach: Gareth Southgate.
Goals: Mina 90+3’ – Kane 57’ (pen.).
Referee: mark Geiger (USA).
The match, which had more fights and arguments than the game itself. Yes, playing against five defenders very difficult. It is a game scheme used by the British. So the Colombians were few attacks, and the British were not particularly. In the game the referee intervened. In the middle of the second half, he appointed a penalty in gate of Colombia – Carlos Sanchez picked up Kane in the penalty area during a corner. For example, when the same situation the judge did not set a penalty against Russia, but when the match between Colombia and England, the American judges, it is clear in whose favor he will whistle. The strength of the wind is blocked Harry Kane missed, although struck at the very center – Ospina fell in the corner.
Next came the nervous game. There were moments in Cuadrado and Falcao, but I think Colombia will go home after the normal time. But no. Substitute Uribe hit a shot from afar, Pickford parried, was appointed corner. Supply and Yerry Mina scores in the third match in a row and all three times the corner. Unique protector! All this happened in added time. The team was waiting for overtime.
Colombians began his more inspired, the British could not depart from shock, the game they have flagged. However, additional time has passed without goals, and in the penalty shoot-out was just luckier than the Brits: they have blundered Henderson, and Colombia bacca and Uribe. So, the England team throughout the match showed anti-football, it was pulled on by the judge, and the players were rude, Snitch and faked. The British play in the world Cup very poorly. Well, tolerate this circus in another match, now against Sweden.
The hero of the day. Today our hero – team Colombia. Team with a big heart. The players gave absolutely everything, were unlucky to go into the next stage. But when playing against you and the judge, when he transplanted almost the entire team at “the mustard” when your leader left on the podium due to injury, it is important to demonstrate the will to win until the end and not give up. That was demonstrated Colombians.
Loser of the day. Switzerland after a missed goal from Sweden looked completely toothless. Players are unable to even arrange storm of gate of the opponent. Yes, I’ve tried Ambolo, and Seferovic, but they have chances was not, and the coach found the right words and ideas for their wards. But still destruction of lung. The team clearly lacked captain Stephan Lichtsteiner. A well-deserved defeat.
Goal of the day. And again, Jerri Mine. Central defender just perfectly played for his national team at the world Cup. He scored three goals from a corner, this time England shed Cuadrado. Just a monster. This goal helped his team back in the game and gave match the intrigue and romance. Sorry, we Colombia at the tournament in Russia will not see. Tell them thanks and two days later will see entertaining matches of the quarterfinals.