Tunisia ravaged by Harry Kane

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2018

"We played really well in the first half and deserved to take the lead", said Kane, while Maguire added that in "the first half we should have been clear".

"In the back of our minds, we thought that it could be one of those days where it doesn't go our way", Kane said after the match.

Hassen's departure with injury in the 15th minute means that there's not enough of a sample size to assess that initial decision; the goalkeeper both made a series of excellent saves and conceded Tunisia's opener before his withdrawal. Panama will be a tough test in a different way. I think Fakhreddine Ben Youssef is very clever because there is no way he is getting the ball.

The Montpellier man was asked to largely take sole responsibilities for ball-winning duties in the heart of the park, and it ought not have come as too much of a surprise that Tunisia were so overrun early on.

More than 18 million were glued to their TVs for the match, which saw victory secured thanks to a late victor from Harry Kane.

Tunisia settled into the game more as it went on, England were only creating chances from set pieces with Harry Maguire being the main threat.

England then worked another fine move as Dele Alli fed in Lingard, who squared the ball for Sterling who somehow got his feet wrong and sent the ball wide of an empty net. It was the first goal for an African nation at Russian Federation 2018 and it came against the run of play, controversially too. They were blatant and they are worse fouls than the one that was given.

Despite it all, Kane remained patient and delivered in the first minute of stoppage time.

"We want to keep going, keep building momentum". "It showed good character".

Shearer: "England's performance was not as good as it was in the first half - we lacked a bit of energy but we were never under any threat and no-one can say we did not deserve to win the game".

"That's why Gareth Southgate named him captain". Even with his substitutes, he was not content to sit there, he wanted to do something to affect the game.

Just when it looked like the "Three Lions" were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments, Kane stooped at the far post to head home in the 91st minute.

The Spurs striker - who scored a stoppage-time victor for the first time in a World Cup match - could have won by a more comfortable margin.

"It will give him huge confidence to get off the mark with your first goal, bring the games on". It was said plenty of times in the build-up to this game that in four matches at the 2016 European Championship, Kane didn't score.

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