Match Preview: Can Host Reach the Semifinals?

| July 7 , 2018 , 18:09 IST

Sweden will take on England and Russia will meet Croatia to decide the second semi-final contenders. Three teams of the four except Sweden had qualified for the quarters via penalty shootouts.

Croatia will take on Russia in the last quarter final match. Both the teams have qualified for the semis after winning the knockouts with Penalty shootouts. 

The group D toppers Croatia has won all the matches and has shown some fine football matches to defeat Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland. Interestingly, Croatia has won all three matches scoring in the second-half.

Sweden and England will go face to face in the first encounter at Samara Arena. Sweden had not qualified for the semis since 1990 while, Sweden, if wins, will make to the semifinals since 1994. England's Harry Kane is leading in the Adidas Golden Boot race with six goals.

Sweden tasted an easy 1-0 win in the knockout over Switzerland whereas England defeated Colombia in a 4-3 penalty shootout after the match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time. Both the teams have met twice in a World Cup, both resulting in a draw.

The winners of both the encounters will face each other in the semifinals on July 11 at Luzhniki Stadium