LONDON — Game, set and match England. Cheers went up around the home of lawn tennis Saturday as news filtered through to Wimbledon that Dele Alli had given England a 2-0 lead over Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals.
Ushers letting fans in and out of Court 18 momentarily vacated their gates for a triumphant embrace, as England’s “it’s coming home” chant echoed — politely — around the grounds.
England won 2-0 to return to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990.
The World Cup wasn’t screened for spectators at the All England Club while the Grand Slam tennis tournament was in progress, but updates were spread by fans watching or listening to the match on their cell phones.