England national team tried to put pressure on the Swedish defense line led by Andreas Granqvist. But in the first 15 minutes, ‘Three Lions’ failed to open fire because of the discipline of the Swedish defense.
Skills upbringing Janne Anderson itself is more focused to develop attacks slowly. But at least they had fired a shot through Viktor Claesson in the 13th minute.
In the 19th minute, Harry Kane finally gave a threat to the Swedish goalkeeper. Seeing the wild ball outside the penalty box, Harry Kane immediately fired a right foot shot. Goalkeeper Robin Olsen did not expect the ball, but the ball wide on the right side of the goal.
British attacks continue. Four minutes later, Kieran Trippier’s cross was headed towards goal, but Olsen could read the ball well.
Tempo game still unchanged until the game entered the 29th minute. England still have trouble getting a golden opportunity to thrill the Swedish goalkeeper.
The situation finally changed in the 30th minute when England got their first-ever corner kick. England again showed the ability to use the set piece. Ashley Young’s corner kick can be headed by Harry Maguire. The ball leads to the right corner without being able to be dammed by Olsen.
After England winning 1-0, it turns out the tempo of the game remains unchanged. Sweden are still struggling to change the tempo and initiative to be more aggressive in 15 minutes of the game.
At the end of the first half, Raheem Sterling off the offside trap and face one on one with Olsen. But Sterling could not maximize the chances to be a goal.
The first half ended with a 1-0 score for the England team.
Composition of Players
Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen; Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Krafth; Larsson Ekdal, Forsberg, Claesson; Berg, Toivonen
English (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dele Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane