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In one of our final blogs of this year's World Cup, Lane Dias reviews semi-final one

England are in dreamland after making it through to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli against stoic Sweden.

Croatia booked a semi-final meeting with England after pnalty shoot-out success against Russia.

After Tuesday's dramatic night in Moscow, the Three Lions are getting prepared for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final with Sweden

With the group stage of the World Cup in the books, how much can you remember about the opening round of games?

The right-back produced another impressive performance for his country at the World Cup and netted in the shoot-out on Tuesday

Jordan Pickford helped England end their penalty shootout hoodoo and reach the World Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Colombia in Moscow.

It's coming home, they said. It very nearly wasn't.

Who doesn't love a penalty shoot-out?

Dele Alli is ready to strut his stuff against Colombia, with the fit-again midfielder warning that England are "not scared of anyone" at this World Cup.

Adnan Januzaj's stunning goal secured a much-changed Belgium side a 1-0 win over England's second string on Thursday evening and meant Gareth Southgate's men will face Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup.

England lost to Belgium on Thursday evening in their final Group G match. Read Layth Yousif's take in our latest World Cup blog.

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews game one on day 12 of the tournament

Read our irreverent World Cup blog which will be featuring every day during the tournament. Today we have sports journalist Layth Yousif reviewing the first day of the eagerly-awaited tournament...

The World Cup has kicked-off with Arsenal target Alexsandr Golovin starting the tournament with an impressive performance in the 5-0 rout of hapless Saudi Arabia - with bookies cutting their prices for the player to join Arsenal.

Given sport's global popularity and football's status as the most popular sport, it is perhaps surprising that the beautiful game was not really touched by the ugliness of terrorism until November 13, 2015.

Most football fans will not know who all the singers are in the official Russia 2018 song, how to find Nizhny Novgorod or what formation Iran will use against Morocco, but there is one thing we can be sure of: there will be controVARsy.

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