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 By Reuters

FIFA fines Croatia, Sweden over World Cup equipment breaches

Take a look back at how darkhorses Croatia and pre-tournament favourites France charted their course to reach the World Cup final.

FIFA has fined the Swedish and Croatian Football Associations 50,000 Swiss francs each for equipment breaches by some of their players.

Sweden, who have already returned home from the World Cup after being eliminated, were fined for the same offence prior to their quarterfinal defeat to England.

The Swedish FA had confirmed at the time that it had received the sanction about its kit and socks.

"Despite having been previously requested to cease the activity that led to the breach and receiving a sanction...

ESPN FC  By ESPN

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Give each Sweden player a Golden Ball for World Cup run

England's World Cup dream continues on, while Croatia broke Russian hearts in the penalty shootout.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hailed Sweden's World Cup campaign, writing on Twitter that "every player should get a Golden Ball in Sweden."

Sweden's run ended when they were beaten 2-0 by England in the quarterfinals on Saturday, but former captain Ibrahimovic said Janne Andersson's side had enjoyed a memorable tournament.

"Every player should get a Golden Ball in Sweden," he wrote."What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show."

Sweden's defeat meant Ibrahimovic lost a bet with David...

 By Reuters

England 'absolutely good enough' to win World Cup, says Sweden boss

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli and key saves from Jordan Pickford saw England defeat Sweden to reach their first World Cup semifinal since 1990.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson examines the keys to England's quarterfinal win over Sweden and sees no reason why they can't reach the World Cup final now.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson heaps praise on England's Jordan Pickford and his three fine saves against Sweden.
Before England bounced Sweden, a hatful of ESPN FC correspondents weigh in on whether "it's coming home" in the latest episode of Project Russia.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said his side made very few mistakes in their 2-0 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to England, but came up against a team he feels can lift the trophy.

England scored once in either half to beat the Swedes 2-0 in Samara and reach their first World Cup semifinal since 1990. They will now face either Croatia or Russia, who play later on Saturday, and Andersson said the Three Lions can go the distance.

"England are absolutely good enough to win the World Cup," the Sweden...