Coming second of their group, England may get to the semis, however a troublesome Colombia crew should be confronted first.
Semi-Ultimate Spot Beckons For England, However Colombia Come First
Colombia vs England – Spherical of 16 (third July 19.00), Moscow Spartak
As England ready for his or her ultimate group recreation towards Belgium, all of the discuss was whether or not England ought to intentionally lose to keep away from Brazil within the quarter-finals. As anticipated Gareth Southgate ignored these sorts of feedback after which fielded a crew with eight modifications. Belgium additionally fielded a facet with 9 of their very own however they nonetheless received the sport 1-Zero because of Adnan Januzaj’s objective. The results of this was Belgium would play Japan and England would face Colombia within the subsequent spherical.
Colombia have had a blended bag of a match to this point. In opposition to Japan they have been hindered with Carlos Sanchez’ sending off within the first 5 minutes. They then regarded completely chic towards Poland however it’s laborious to inform if was their brilliance or simply an extremely poor Poland crew. A mixture of the 2 is most certainly. Then of their ultimate group recreation towards Senegal they performed poorly however managed to win the sport with a Yerry Mina header. By some means they managed to high their group however the harm to James Rodriguez is trigger for concern.
If England can one way or the other discover a method to win this recreation, then a semi-final spot is reachable with the quarter-final match being both Sweden or Switzerland. England should not have any motive to concern both of these sides and clearly, a semi-final spot can be achievement for the younger crew. However because the title of this piece suggests, Colombia must be overwhelmed first.
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Participant to Watch – Dele Alli/Ruben Loftus Cheek
Dele Alli is an harm concern in the intervening time but when he’s match, no query he’ll begin. If he isn’t, then Ruben Loftus Cheek is predicted to take his place. Each are massively necessary within the creativity division for England and each act as hyperlinks to England’s finest participant, Harry Kane. Defensively they may also want to trace again and cease Rodriguez (if he begins), Quintero and Cuadrado from dictating the sport. Whoever begins must have recreation towards Colombia.
Sweden 1 vs Switzerland Zero – Spherical of 16 (third July 15.00), Saint Petersburg
The third and ultimate all European Spherical of 16 match is between two sides which have performed loads higher than everybody anticipated.
Sweden would not have Zlatan Ibrahimovic so weren’t handled as a critical risk and in the end, Mexico, South Korea and Germany all paid the value. Because of two wins and one loss, Sweden managed to high their group with standout performances from Andreas Granqvist on the again and Emil Forsberg in assault.
Switzerland earlier than the match have been ranked as excessive as sixth on the FIFA world rankings and but nonetheless weren’t thought of to be that good. Many believed the rating flattered them immensely. However in a bunch with Brazil, Costa Rica and Serbia, they proved it was warranted as they secured a win and two attracts to progress into the subsequent spherical.
Xherdan Shaqiri is their spark and he can change video games when the temper takes him, uncommon as that could be. Granit Xhaka has additionally carried out properly in Russia and has not been his standard Arsenal self choosing up fixed yellow playing cards for reckless challenges.
What makes this match so tough to foretell is that each are so evenly matched. That being mentioned, we expect Switzerland are barely higher and may win the sport and get into the quarter finals.
It didn’t prove that approach nevertheless, as Emil Forsberg scored the one objective of the sport with a deflected shot off Manuel Akanji.
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