At the Volgograd Arena, England snatched victory in the dying moments of their opening fixture against Tunisia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia . Immediately establishing a firm hold on their encounter, Gareth Southgate’s team created a series of excellent chances at the initial stages.
England registered their first win in FIFA world cup 2018
Harry Kane scored 2 goals and awarded with man of the match
Tunisia fought a spirited game and given England a very hard time
In terms of attacking intent, in terms of chances created the first-half was among England’s most impressive 45 minute periods for decades. Competing good enough by Tunisia, both teams set out with good start. It got paid off for England when Harry Kane scored the opener, reacting quickest to a rebound and slotting home from close range.
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Nevertheless, the north Africans refused to lose heart after conceding or even when their goalkeeper Mouez Hassan was forced off through injury shortly afterwards. The Eagles of Carthage remained organised and disciplined, putting pressure on England all over the pitch and patiently waiting for an opening.
Tunisia’s equaliser had come from a penalty that could be described, at best, as generous – or from England’s perspective, utterly needless – and for a long time it seemed as though Southgate’s players did not have the wit or creativity to turn their superiority into the hard currency of goals. Kyle Walker committed a foul in the English penalty area, allowing Ferjani Sassi to level from the spot. At the half time scores were level 1- 1.
Second half started in similar way as in first half. Both teams were playnig good game but not about to tick the scorecard. Eventhough with good attacking, for England it was eventually let down by defensive frailty and weak finishing.
“Even at 1-1 I was really proud of the performance. If we hit that level of performance that’s the bit that we can control. We created a lot of clear-cut chances in the first half, as many as I can remember us having. In the second half we dominated the game, kept our patience and looked for good opportunities rather than throwing the ball in the box and hoping. In terms of Harry, for him I’m personally delighted. He will feel the pride in leading his country to a win in a World Cup match tonight is the most important thing.” – Gareth Southgate, England manager
At 90′ minutes match was about to end for a drar. But Harry Kane has other plans. The 2′ minute of the injury time he scored a fantastic goal to secure first win and 3 points for England in the tournament.
See all goals details of England Vs Tunisia FIFA World cup football match:
- 11′ : KANE (ENGLAND) SCORES!!
- Mouez Hassen heroically keeps out a thunderous John Stones header, but England’s No9 is on hand to tap home.
- 35′ : BEN YOUSSEF .F () IS FOULED INSIDE THE BOX BY WALKER (ENGLAND).
- A PENALTY IS AWARDED TO . ASSI (TUNISIA) SUCCESSFULLY CONVERTS THE PENALTY!
- 90+2′ : KANE (ENGLAND) SCORES!!
- England’s No9 ghosts into space from an England corner. Maguire nods the ball on and Kane makes no mistake to head home from close range
“We were playing against a highly-skilled and highly co-ordinated team in terms of their forward players. If we were to get a draw it would have been an excellent result for us. But hopefully this will lead to higher levels of concentration in the coming games.” –Nabil Maaloul, Tunisia coach
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