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8 Italian Serie A Players among the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinals


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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinals will be a top battle between the last 4 teams playing the Semifinals, France vs Belgium and Croatia vs England.  I am so happy to see many of our Italian Serie A players participating with their respective national teams and wish them the best.   There are 3 teams in the Semifinals including a total of 8 Serie A players among their 23-man called up squads, only England not having Serie A players.  Check it out…..

Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads in the Semifinals
  • Croatia National team:  6 Italian Serie A players: Sampdoria defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic.
  • Belgium National team: 1 Italian Serie A player Napoli forward Dries Mertens.
  • France National team: 1 Italian Serie A player Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
  • England National team: No Italian Serie A players.
 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinals
  • France vs Belgium, Tuesday July 10
  • Croatia vs England, Wednesday July 11

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FIFA World Cup: Result SWEDEN 0 – 2 ENGLAND, Saturday 7 July 2018

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43% Ball Possession SWEDEN and 57% Ball Possession ENGLAND

  Sweden 0 – 2 England 

.                                                                       30′ Harry Maguire
.                                                                       59′ Dele Alli

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England winning the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals game on Saturday 7 July 2018 at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia after defeating Sweden. England securing their spot for the World Cup Semifinal.

It is England to open the score in the 30th minute. Harry Maguire defeating Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen with a headed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by Ashley Young with a cross following a corner conceded by Emil Krafth.

The second goal of the match is in the 59th minute. Dele Alli delighting English fans with his headed shot.  The assist is by Jesse Lingard.

Here is SWEDEN official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Andersson:

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Here is ENGLAND official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Southgate:

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane.

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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden.

England National team: No Serie A players

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Former AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan player Zlatan Ibrahimovic congratulating their fellow countrymen for their participation in this World Cup

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Sweden 0 – 2 England
Saturday 7 July 2018
Samara Arena
Samara, Russia

18:00 (Local time)

Referee: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)
Fourth Official: Antonio MATEU (ESP)
Res. Assistant: Pau CEBRIAN (ESP)

Goals: 30′ Harry Maguire (E), 59′ Dele Alli (E)

Official lineups – formations:

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt, Olsson, Svensson, Guidetti, Helander, Hiljermark, Jansson, Rhodén, Durmaz, Kiese Thelin.

Coach: Andersson.

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane.

Subs: Butland, Pope, Rose, Dier, Delph, Cahill, Jones, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Vardy, Welbeck.

Coach: Southgate.

FIFA World Cup: Result RUSSIA 2 (3)-(4) 2 CROATIA, Saturday 7 July 2018

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 Russia Russia 2 (3)-(4) 2 Croatia  

31′ Denis Cheryshev                                        39′ Andrej Kramaric
115′ Mário Fernandes                                    101′ Domagoj Vida
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Croatia winning the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals game on Saturday 7 July 2018 at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia.  Croatia eliminated Russia on penalty shootouts securing their spot for the Semifinals.

Ivan Rakitic converting the penalty winner goal! The final score is 2 (3)-(4) 2 for Croatia.   It’s a great moment for the 6 Italian Serie A players called up for Croatia 23-man squad: Sampdoria defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic

Here is RUSSIA official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Cherchesov:

RUSSIA (4-2-3-1): Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, S. Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Zobnin, Kuziaev; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.

Here is CROATIA official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Dalic:

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric; Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic; Mandzukic.

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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads
  • Croatia National team: 6 Italian Serie A players: Sampdoria defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic
  • Russia National team:  No Italian Serie A players

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Russia 2 (3) – (4) 2 Croatia
Saturday 7 July 2018
Fisht Stadium
Sochi, Russia

21:00

Referee: Sandro RICCI (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: E. DE CARVALHO (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mar. VAN GASSE (BRA)
Fourth Official: Janny SIKAZWE (ZAM)
Res. Assistant: J. DOS SANTOS (ANG)

Goals: 31′ Denis Cheryshev (R), 39′ Andrej Kramaric (C), 101′ Domagoj Vida (C), 115′ Mário Fernandes (R)

Official lineups – formations:

RUSSIA (4-2-3-1): Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, S. Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Zobnin, Kuziaev; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.

Coach: Cherchesov.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric; Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic; Mandzukic.

Coach: Dalic.

FIFA World Cup: Russia vs Croatia, Official starting lineups, Saturday 7 July 2018

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 Russia Russia – Croatia  

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Here are RUSSIA vs CROATIA Official starting lineups – formations for the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals game on Saturday 7 July 2018 at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia at 21:00 Local time. It is Referee Sandro Ricci from Brazil to direct the game.

RUSSIA (4-2-3-1): Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, S. Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Zobnin, Kuziaev; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.

Coach: Cherchesov.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rakitic, Modric; Rebic, Kramaric, Perisic; Mandzukic.

Coach: Dalic.

Referee Ricci will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: E. DE CARVALHO (BRA) and Assistant Referee 2: Mar. VAN GASSE (BRA). The Fourth Official will be Janny SIKAZWE (ZAM). The Res. Assistant will be J. DOS SANTOS (ANG).
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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads
  • Croatia National team: 6 Italian Serie A players: Sampdoria defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic
  • Russia National team:  No Italian Serie A players

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Russia vs Croatia
Saturday 7 July 2018
Fisht Stadium
Sochi, Russia

21:00

Referee: Sandro RICCI (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: E. DE CARVALHO (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mar. VAN GASSE (BRA)
Fourth Official: Janny SIKAZWE (ZAM)
Res. Assistant: J. DOS SANTOS (ANG)

FIFA World Cup: Sweden vs England, Official starting lineups, Saturday 7 July 2018

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  Sweden – England 

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FIFA announcing SWEDEN vs ENGLAND official starting lineups – formations for the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals game on Saturday 7 July 2018 at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia at 18:00 local time.  It is Referee Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands to direct the game.

SWEDEN (4-4-2): Olsen; Krafth, Lindelöf, Granqvist, Augustinsson; Claesson, Larsson, Ekdal, Forsberg; Berg, Toivonen.

Subs: Johnsson, Nordfeldt, Olsson, Svensson, Guidetti, Helander, Hiljermark, Jansson, Rhodén, Durmaz, Kiese Thelin.

Coach: Andersson.

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young; Sterling, Kane.

Subs: Butland, Pope, Rose, Dier, Delph, Cahill, Jones, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, Vardy, Welbeck.

Coach: Southgate.

Referee Kuipers will be assisted by Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED) and Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED). The Fourth Official will be Antonio MATEU (ESP). The Res. Assistant will be Pau CEBRIAN (ESP).
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Italian Serie A players called up among the 23-man World Cup squads

Sweden National team: 2 Italian Serie A players Bologna defender Filip Helander, Genoa midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and Serie B Crotone midfielder Marcus Rohden.

England National team: No Serie A players

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Quarterfinals

Sweden – England
Saturday 7 July 2018
Samara Arena
Samara, Russia

18:00 (Local time)

Referee: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: San. van ROEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)
Fourth Official: Antonio MATEU (ESP)
Res. Assistant: Pau CEBRIAN (ESP)