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World Cup: Kane's goal lifts England in stoppage time

Field Level Media
June 18. 2018 11:29PM
England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his team's second and game-winning goal. (REUTERS/Sergio Perez)

Harry Kane delivered his second goal of the match, in stoppage time, and England kept pace with Belgium in Group G of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in Volgograd, Russia, on Monday.

England controlled the pace from the start of the match, and appeared headed to a fast goal off the foot of Jesse Lingard. But Mouez Hassen’s save in the third minute kept the match scoreless — albeit briefly.

Kane put away a rebound off a corner for the match’s first goal in the 11th minute. Despite the early pace, however, Tunisia evened the match on a penalty kick by Ferjani Sassi in the 35th minute.

Much like the first half, England enjoyed many scoring chances after the break, but Tunisia tightened up late, apparently content on getting the single point for a draw. But a corner in the first minute of stoppage time set up Kane’s heroics.

Kieran Trippier sent in a ball that was headed to the unmarked Kane, who converted with a header of his own.

Belgium 3, Panama 0: Belgium scored three times in the second half to run away from Panama in its World Cup opener in Sochi.

After a scoreless first half in which it dominated play but failed to score, Dries Mertens opened the scoring in the 47th minute, and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice — in the 69th and 75th minutes — to give the Belgians three points to take the early lead in Group G before England evened them.

Up next for Belgium is Tunisia on Saturday. England will take on Panama the following day.

Sweden 1, South Korea 0: Andreas Granqvist drilled a penalty kick into the right corner of the net in the 65th minute to lift Sweden over South Korea in World Cup Group F play in Moscow.

A video review set up the chance for the Swedish captain, and he connected to give Sweden its first World Cup win since 2006. Officials used replay technology to confirm Kim Min-woo tripped Viktor Claesson to create Granqvist’s chance.

South Korea missed on its opportunity to tie in front of the goal when Hwang Hee-chan’s header sailed wide.

Up next for Sweden is a Saturday matchup with Germany, which lost to Mexico 1-0. Mexico next plays South Korea, also Saturday.