Kane’s late winner lifts England over Tunisia at World Cup

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2018

Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match against Tunisia.

The Tunisian made the most of the contact but it was a penalty, albeit a soft one which was made all the harder to accept when England were denied two much more obvious penalties.

England manager Gareth Southgate said his side deserved the three points.

Harry Kane has fired England to a 2-1 win in their World Cup opener, scoring an injury time victor to sink Tunisia.

Despite a number of good chances to add another goal, England went into half-time level at 1-1. His defensive pressure in the final minutes in the corner gave England the corner that would lead to the victory. Instead they were opened up repeatedly by England early on, especially on the right flank with Kieran Trippier posing attacking menace with his pace and incisive crosses.

Then Kane came to the rescue in stoppage time.

Only bad luck, poor finishing, naive defending and contentious refereeing prevented them being out of sight at half-time. Maybe a bit of justice at the end. When you have very tall players it is very hard to counter them.

And England paid for their inaccuracies in front of goal when Kyle Walker took down Ben Youssef in the box with a high arm ten minutes before half time.

And fortune twice favoured them when neither match officials not VAR spotted Kane being wrestled to the ground inside the area. In the first half, a John Stones shove on a Tunisia defender at a corner probably negated the rugby tackle on Kane seconds later.

But Tunisia were allowed to get away with crossing the line in this game and England can be justified in feeling hard done to by the officials, both on the pitch and in the VAR suite, until Kane scored their late victor.

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