Revolution

World Cup Round of 16: England through – but not without drama

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Couldn't keep up with the last two Round of 16 matches in Russia on Tuesday? Don't worry, BostonSportsJournal.com has you covered with all the highlights in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis.

FIVE THOUGHTS OF TUESDAY'S PLAY

Three Lions through to quarters for ninth time, but need penalties to get there: Two-plus minutes from winning. Two-plus minutes for their first trip back to the quarterfinals since 2006, but no one saw Yerry Mina rising and nodding a 90+3'-minute corner to pull it to level terms, and triggering 30 minutes of extra time. Nothing substantial happened, so off to penalties: it was a Colombia penalty off the crossbar and one that Jordan Pickford kick-saved, before Eric Dier won it for England, 4-3. In the 54th minute, Carlos Sanchez -- yup, him -- tackled Harry Kane from behind, American referee Mark Geiger pointed to the spot, and yellow-carded Sanchez. Kane, the Tottenham Hotspur striker, then stepped up against North London rival Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina and drove it with power and pace to put the Three Lions up a goal to nil in the 57th minute.

Sweden through to quarters for first time since 1958 with 1-0 win: For well over an hour, Sweden blazed over far too much; I had opined on Twitter that the Swedes would have been ahead by six goals to nil if the goal were situated somewhere near Row Z. It was end-to-end play, but Sweden had the better opportunities and had only lacked the finish. It wasn't until the 66th minute that Emil Forsberg's cross-body shot caromed off a Swiss foot and in, giving the Blue and Yellow a deserved 1-nil lead. Sweden then avoided a near-disaster in the 79th as a Swiss corner fell in front of the goal, but Forsberg booted it out of harm's way. Robin Olsen then came up with a tremendous, match-saving save in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to deny Switzerland with authority; the Swiss had loads of possession in the last 90 official seconds -- but it was a dispossession, a counterattack, and a near-penalty-turned-free kick to Sweden that effectively ended the match.

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