It was Europeans day in the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Monday.
Sweden, Belgium and England – all won their games to reiterate European dominance in the mega soccer event on the fifth day.
England owe their success to their skipper Harry Kane who scored both the goals thus taking his personal tally of goals past Rooney’s record.
It also turned out to be penalties day as two of the seven goals scored today came from penalties. In five days, eight penalties have been awarded and six goals scored from them.
Though Panama had some consolation as it became the first African team to score a goal in the 2018 World Cup, it also got its only goal from a penalty.
England dominance was complete in the first half as it took lead in the 11th minute following a corner kick taken by Ashley Young that saw skipper Harry Kane just taping in a rebound from Tunisian goalkeeper Hassen.
Unfortunately for Tunisia, Hassen got injured after having saved the header from Stones but could not save the tap from Kane. In pain with an injured shoulder, Hassen was substituted soon after the first goal.
Tunisia had to wait till 33rd minute when a serious obstruction by Kyle Walker led to award of a penalty. And Ferjani Sassi kicked low on right of English goalkeeper to find the target to make the score 1-1. It was his fourth goal of World Cup.
After change of ends, the game witnessed more of robust and body play as both teams tried to outdo each other in rough tactics. As the game petered out to 1-1 in the stipulated period, the award of four minutes of extra time for “wastage” during the game came as a blessing in disguise for England.
From a corner kick. unmarked Harry Kane headed in a beautiful lob to clinch the issue and get his team maximum three points. The second goal came as a big disappointment for Tunisia who had lost for the second time to England in World Cup.
For records, England has never lost to any African team.