Group G now has a new leader after England beat Panama 6-1, as the English players stack up their goals and Harry Kane ending the match with a hat-trick, while Panama bag their first ever World Cup goal at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
The opening goal comes early for the English side in the 8th minute with John Stones all alone in the penalty spot to nod it in for his first goal in Russia 2018.
England goes to double their lead after a penalty granted by the referee when Jesse Lingard was fouled inside the box by Escobar, to give Harry Kane his third goal in the World Cup after a confidently putting the ball into the top corner.
In the 36th minute a fabulous finish by the Manchester United player Lingard, curling the ball into the top right corner for his first World Cup goal at age 25, after a neat exchange with Raheem Sterling extending the lead 3-0.
In the last five minutes before the first half was over England scored two new goals, with another by Stones in the 40th minute, nodding in another at the back post from less than a yard out following a save by the Panama goalkeeper.
Kane was fouled inside the box, and the England captain successfully converted into the net, hitting the same spot in the first minute of additional time.
Five goals for England in a World Cup match for the first time in history just in the first half, and Kane now only the second player to score in each of England’s opening games at a World Cup.
After the first half, it seemed Panama is set to be going home before their third match, with such a deficit in goals, needing a miracle to overcome.
Kane goes to enter the World Cup hat-trick club in the 62nd minute when he deflected the ball home after a long distance shot by Ruben Loftus, which he called lucky saying, “The third one is probably one of the luckiest goals of my career but as a striker you go through spells when you’re scoring, sometimes they don’t fall for you.” Despite England leading with two goals, Panama was still keen on pushing forward creating chances while still finding space to move the ball past the English defenders.
Panama was able to reclaim some pride in the 78th minute to score a goal by their captain Felipe Baloy as he slides in to turn the ball home from a set piece, pleasing the Panama fans in the Novgorod stadium, with an official attendance of 43,319.
Kane surpasses Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku for the top scorer position in Russia 2018 leading with five goals.
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