England’s overwhelming victory today with a 6-1 score against Panama, gave its manager Gareth Southgate nothing negative to say about his player’s performance, while Panama’s coach was pleased his team captain was able to score.
“I’m really pleased of course with the way we were ruthless for half an hour. It was a different type of win to the other day. Then we had to go right to the wire and show qualities that are going to be really important to our resilience and sticking to our principles of play,” Southgate said after the match.
When asked about his team performance compared with the match against Tunisia Southgate said, “It’s strange because I enjoyed the win against Tunisia more because of the tension in it and the fact you get over the line when you’re under pressure is very, very special.” He added, “For me, just before halftime the game was done today, so it was a very strange feeling watching the second half just trying to encourage the players to remain professional in the way that they played and be a top team by being ruthless.” Despite Panama’s defeat, their manager Hernan Gomez was pleased with his team’s only goal saying, “Felipe Baloy scored that goal and I felt very moved. He’s a player who will be retiring from the national team and God gave him the opportunity to score that goal because of the way he conducts himself in football and he’s such a professional. When you are debutant you enjoy it even more enjoyable.” Gomez added, “I’ve had to play against two spectacular opponents – Belgium and England. But that’s how you learn and draw conclusions.” Panama was in need of one point to stay alive in the competition after today’s match, and England goes to lead Group G along with Belgium with both teams confirming their spot in the round of 16, to face off in the last game of the group stage as each side will want to claim first place position
Source: Kuwait News Agency