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FIFA Knockout Stage Ends In Style, England and Sweden Book Spots In Top 8

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| July 4 , 2018 , 11:14 IST

The Knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup on Tuesday ended in clear fashion when England and Sweden made it to the top eight by beating Columbia and Switzerland respectively.

Swedish side secured a clean 1-0 win over their opponent Switzerland, while the Englishmen booked their spot by beating Columbia in the penalty shootout.

Switzerland kept the major possession of the ball during the match but couldn’t manage to make it to the quarter-finals of the world tournament, as Emil Forsberg netted the ball in the 66th minute of the game.  The only disappointment for Sweden was a first-half booking picked up by Mikael Lustig, ruling the defender out of a last-eight clash against either Colombia or England in Samara on Saturday.

While In the second match of the day and last of the knockout stages, Harry Kane took the lead by scoring a penalty strike in the 57th minute of the game. But the Columbian side didn’t lose control and presented Harry Kane’s side with an equalizer in the stoppage time of the game. Yerry Mina climbed highest in the box to score a header from Juan Cuadrado's corner and leveling the score to 1-1.

Harry Kane's sixth goal of the World Cup puts him two clear of nearest rival Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot

The extra time witnessed efforts from both the sides but none of them could manage to change the course of the game. The game was then transferred to penalty strikes.

n the shoot-out, David Ospina plunged to his left to keep out Jordan Henderson's poor penalty and give Colombia the advantage, but Mateus Uribe struck the crossbar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca brilliantly to give Dier the chance to win it for the Three Lions.

The substitute kept his nerve, Dier drilling home his spot-kick even though Ospina dived the right way, but couldn’t manage to save the ball from crossing the goalline and dripping the ball deep in the net. England now all set to take on Sweden on Saturday in Samara.