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World Cup: Kane, England advance; Colombia takes major step

Field Level Media
June 24. 2018 10:47PM
Japan's Hiroki Sakai and Maya Yoshida in action with Senegal's Cheikh N'Doye and M'Baye Niang on Sunday. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

England enjoyed its biggest World Cup rout in a 6-1 romp over Panama to advance to the knockout stage on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Harry Kane had a hat trick — giving him five goals in two games — and John Stones added two goals as England ran away with it early. Jessie Lingard also had a goal.

The win leaves England and Belgium each with six points in Group G, meaning both will advance.

Felipe Baloy scored the lone goal for Panama in the 78th minute.

Colombia 3, Poland 0: Colombia took a major step toward advancing to the knockout stage by dispatching Poland in Kazan, moving within a point of the Group H lead and eliminating the Poles from the tournament.

Colombia broke through in the 40th minute when Yerry Mina headed home a cross from James Rodriguez at point-blank range, with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny a hair too late coming out. Juan Quintero had found Rodriguez in space with a clever pass after Colombia played short from a corner kick.

Quintero set up the second goal in the 70th minute with a delicate through-ball to Radamel Falcao, who slotted it past Szczesny. Five minutes later, Rodriguez dropped a swerving pass in behind the Polish back line for Juan Cuadrado, who calmly converted the breakaway for a 3-0 lead.

Colombia would ensure its spot in the Round of 16 with a win over Senegal on Thursday. A tie could send Colombia through ahead of Japan on goal differential, but that would require Poland to defeat Japan.

Japan 2, Senegal 2: The co-leaders of Group H entering the day remained that way after playing to a draw at Central Stadium at Yekaterinburg. Japan and Senegal each have four points with one match left in group play.

The downside for both is that neither has clinched a spot in the knockout round, with Colombia drawing within one point after its win over Poland later Sunday.

Senegal took the lead twice in the match, only to see Japan tie it each time.

After Moussa Wagué pounced on a cross at the back post to make it 2-1 in the 71st minute, Japan’s Keisuke Honda equalized seven minutes later — and just six minutes after he entered the match — burying a shot in a gaping net after Senegal keeper Khadim N’Diaye came off his line and missed a cross.