Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

WATCH as Three Lions fans across the country celebrate England WIN

WATCH as Three Lions fans across the country celebrate England WIN

England has not advanced past the quarterfinals since finishing fourth at the 1990 World Cup.

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

Raheem Sterling was a constant threat (Owen Humphreys, PA).

As the clock ticked down England actually looked like they were enjoying it and there were grins as wide as the nearby River Volga as they consoled the Swedes and acknowledged their own relentless supporters.

Just take a look at this poor fan.

Getting past a technically adept Croatia side won't be easy, but the Three Lions have the strength at the back, along with the pace and power in forward areas, to overpower Modric and Co. if they are at their best.

Maguire outjumped the much smaller Emil Forsberg to nod low into the corner, as England scored for the eighth time in Russian Federation from a dead-ball situation.

Shortly after being closed out in a risky position, the forward was put through and surely relieved to belatedly see an offside flag he was guilty of looking for before being denied one-on-one by Olsen.

The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist.

His team-mate Kyle Walker made a decision to get involved after the match.

When asked if he thought football was "coming home", goalscorer Maguire said he had his "fingers crossed". England boss Gareth Southgate celebrates the win (Tim Goode, PA).

England were the better team here by some distance and deserved the victory although there was little of the drama and tension of the penalty shoot-out win over Colombia in the last 16.

But while Swedish fans will ultimately take heart from their team's unexpected success at the World Cup, it's hard to reconcile those feelings when you're sitting in a packed stadium watching your team lose.

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