Six Goals for England along with an Open Door Into the Next Round

England completed 92 percent of its passes along with had 57 percent of the possession, scoring six goals on 12 shots. Maybe England is actually capable of playing deep in This particular tournament, along with This particular time producing more penalty kicks than Germany or Portugal or whatever different historical nemesis or upstart This particular faces.

Gomez, who spent most of the day standing from the coach’s box with his arms folded, tried to shed a sliver of positive light on the afternoon. “The second half was 1-1,” he said.

England’s fans brought drums along which has a horn section in which included a tuba along with enough songs along with chants to last all afternoon. not bad thing, because the destruction began early, with defender John Stones getting so free for a header on a corner kick from the 8th minute in which he looked more stunned than joyous when the ball sailed into the back of the net. Stones also headed in England’s fourth goal from the 40th minute, knocking from the rebound of a Jaime Penedo save.

Kane netted one of the softer hat tricks in World Cup history. He banged in two first-half penalty kicks along with unwittingly got his heel from the way of Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot coming from 20 yards from the 62d minute. The ball skittered past a helpless Penedo along with into the Panama net.

“He said, ‘Sorry, mate,’ ” Loftus-Cheek said Kane told him after he had possibly stolen his chance at a goal. “in which’s the luck of This particular.”

Kane took a seat on the bench after in which score. Midfielder Jessie Lingard worked a nifty give-along with-go with Raheem Sterling along with rocketed a shot coming from the left side of the 18-yard line for England’s different score.

Kane is actually at This particular point the leading scorer from the tournament with 5 goals, though he said there is actually a long way to go with plenty of different stars from the field, along with in which is actually hardly what he cares about most.

“The most important thing is actually in which we’re winning games,” the Tottenham striker said. “If my goals are helping us win games then in which’s a not bad thing.”

So, what to make of England? The English have qualified for the knockout round coming from their group, as has undefeated Belgium, whom they will play Thursday in Kaliningrad. The match will determine only whether England team faces Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan from the round of 16. None of those teams will cause anyone any sleepless nights at the English base camp in Repino, just north of St. Petersburg.

Southgate described his team as “ruthless” for a 35-minute stretch from the first half.

“Just before halftime, the game was done,” he said.

Skeptics might toss darts at the team. For example, only two of England’s six goals came coming from the run of play Sunday — as if in which sort of thing matters, since set pieces play such a large role in big tournaments. In addition, the English defense has not exactly looked impenetrable, letting Tunisia draw even from the first match along with allowing two easy chances for Panama early in Sunday’s game.

along with from the 78th minute on Sunday, 37-year-old Felipe Baloy, a Panama reserve, even slipped into the penalty area to to get his foot on the different end of a free kick coming from 40 yards out to give Panama its first-ever goal at a World Cup.

yet no team’s defense looks like a bulwark at This particular World Cup. in which is actually the nature of the international game, since defense depends so much on teamwork along with timing, along with national teams only spend about 30 days together in any given year.

No one needed to look at a statistics sheet in either of England’s matches so far to surmise in which both Panama along with Tunisia are just not very not bad. Yet, This particular is actually not England’s fault in which its draw included a gutsy, yet undermanned, Tunisia team along with the first squad ever to qualify for the globe Cup coming from Panama.

After England found the goal just twice in 17 chances against Tunisia, Southgate said he was thrilled with the victory, even though England needed Kane’s stoppage-time goal to prevail. He said he enjoyed in which game more than the massacre of Panama, because he enjoyed the tension. The former England international has been around long enough to know in which most of the battle in soccer is actually creating quality chances, along with if a team’s players are as world class as England’s are, eventually those attempts will start to hit the back of the net.

at This particular point Southgate has decisions to make. Should he rest his starters along with give reserves who have not played a match in several weeks a chance to play against Belgium, or should he keep his foot on the gas along with try to win the group? This particular’s a luxurious choice for any manager to have after two World Cup matches, especially one coaching a team where the tension along with the fear of failure is actually often at a fever pitch coming from the opening kick.

“We must enjoy This particular win,” Southgate said. “We must enjoy in which we’ve qualified because This particular is actually not easy, no matter the opponent.”

Here’s how England defeated Panama:

0’: Four More Minutes…

We have four minutes of added time, for some reason.

85’: Panama Needs to Pick Up the Pace!

Panama hasn’t scored a goal from the last 5 minutes, which means they at This particular point need to quicken the pace to one goal every minute to draw England. Can they do This particular? Stay tuned to find out!

78’: Panama Scores!

The comeback is actually on! Panama scores their first World Cup goal ever!

Ricardo Ávila plays a free kick in behind the English defense, along with Felipe Baloy meets This particular which has a nice sliding shot.

Panama at This particular point just needs to score a goal every two minutes to win a point in This particular game.

76’: Chance for Panama…

Román Torres pops free at the back post on a corner, yet he slides his shot wide.

70’: Substitutions

Right wing back Kieran Trippier comes out for Danny Rose.

Also, somewhere in there after Harry Kane’s hat trick, he along with Jesse Lindgard turned out for Jamie Vardy along with Fabian Delph.

Felipe Baloy, Ricardo Ávila along with Abdiel Arroyo are in for Panama. Both teams have used all of their substitutions.

66’: Can’t They Give Them Just One?

England rudely denies Panama their best chance yet at a goal.

Jordan Pickford denied Michael Murillo one-on-one, yet couldn’t he have just led the Panamanian score as a confidence booster?

62’: Kane Again! Hat Trick!

Oh no, poor Panama. Harry Kane makes This particular 6-0. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot coming from outside the box clipped off the heel of Kane, who was just trying to get out of the way, along with wrong-foots Jaime Penedo, who had no chance.

57’: England Busted for Pulling Shirts

The referee blows his whistle for some shirt pulling from the Panama box, along with everybody is actually relieved to see This particular’s called on England along with isn’t a third penalty.

53’: When Will Goal Six Come?

England are still trying for a sixth, along with This particular seems likely they’ll get This particular. Raheem Sterling has already gotten in behind, only to be denied by an alert goalkeeper, along with they’re bypassing Panama’s lines with ease.

46’: Still a Second Half…

Apparently they haven’t called the match, along with we’re going to play the second half. is actually England going to try scoring, or will they sit back along with be content to manage their 5 goal lead?


England is actually winning 5-0. They are comprehensively better than Panama, who have gifted the Three Lions two penalties, left John Stones (John Stones!) completely unmarked on both a corner kick along with free kick to score two goals, along with have been sloppy with the few chances they did have.

45+1’: Make This particular 5 Goals for England!

Another penalty for Harry Kane, another wallop by the goalkeeper into the top left of the goal. Kane at This particular point has four goals, joining Romelu Lukaku along with Cristiano Ronaldo from the race for the Golden Boot.

If This particular were a Little League match the mercy rule would likely’ve already been invoked.

Matthew Futterman: Amazingly, Hernan Gomez said yesterday in which This particular match might be uglier than the 3-0 loss to Belgium. along with yes This particular is actually.

This particular’s worth remembering at This particular point, Just as before, in which Panama finished third in Concacaf qualifying. Team USA finished fifth. Those matches included a 1-1 draw in Panama City. Stew on in which for a bit before you get too haughty if you are an American soccer fan.

43’: Penalty to England!

Oh my god, This particular’s getting even worse for Panama. Aníbal Godoy bear-hugged Harry Kane on a corner kick. Kane was manhandled from the same way against Tunisia, yet This particular was never called. This particular time This particular is actually.

Matthew Futterman: The marking was much better on in which set piece for Panama, except in which someone forgot to tell them in which bear-hugging is actually not allowed from the globe Cup either.

40’: England Scores Again!

Suddenly John Stones has scored two goals from the globe Cup. After a nice little free kick move, Harry Kane heads the ball across the goal to Raheem Sterling. His attempt is actually well-saved by Jaime Penedo, yet Stones puts from the rebound with his head.

36’: Goal for England!

Jesse Lindgard’s 25-yard curler ticks off the bottom of the cross bar along with in. This particular came after a nice 1-2 with Raheem Sterling, along with at 3-0 the rout is actually officially on at This particular point.

Matthew Futterman: In my daughter’s league when you get six goals ahead you can’t shoot anymore. What is actually the mercy rule at the globe Cup? For what This particular’s worth, Panama-Tunisia may be a actually not bad, meaningless match.

29’: Panama Attacking

Panama finally controls the ball for many passes along with gets a great ball in behind the defense, yet Just as before the attack ends without a threatening shot on goal.


England’s Harry Kane scored on a penalty kick to give his side a 2-0 lead over Panama on Sunday.

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22’: 2-0 to England!

After a short run-up, Harry Kane thumps the ball into the top left corner of the goal.

Panama was already struggling in This particular match. Just about the last thing they needed was to give away a penalty.

Matthew Futterman: What you missed while the cameras followed Kane’s celebration — Panama grabbed the ball along with tried the old schoolyard trick of restarting while the different team is actually off the field. Referee Ghead Grisha had to blow his whistle along with explain in which is actually not allowed at the globe Cup.

20’: Penalty to England!

Jesse Lindgard controlled the ball over the top, along with was bundled over by Fidel Escobar. Referee Ghead Grisha didn’t hesitate in awarding This particular.

16’: Pressure by Panama

Édgar Bárcenas’s curving shot coming from outside the box sends Jordan Pickford into a full dive, yet This particular’s outside the post. Panama keeps getting chances though …

Matthew Futterman: Panama has at This particular point had two not bad chances along with missed the goal badly on both. How many more will they get This particular afternoon? My guess is actually not very many. The only way these little teams win is actually if they are completely clinical on their chances.

12’: England Sloppy Despite Leading

England is actually clearly the better team, yet they’ve had a few bad giveaways in their own half. If Panama was a sharper side, This particular would likely be a big problem.

10’: Foul

Armando Cooper is actually booked for stepping on Jesse Lindgard’s heel.


England’s John Stones scored the first goal of the match against Panama on Sunday.

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8’: England Goal!

For John Stones, who was completely unmarked on a header, along with powers This particular into the bottom left corner coming from the penalty spot.

This particular’s actually incredible how unmarked Stones was. There was no intricate movement or feint, he just ran past his marker to the ball.

Matthew Futterman: I’m not actually sure what Panama was thinking there. How do you not mark the actually tall defender from the middle of the penalty area on a corner kick?

5’: Panama Chance

Panama wastes a great chance. Aníbal Godoy was slipped in on goal, yet his shot is actually blasted over.

Break Time

Things have stopped here for a few minutes after Jesse Lindgard was elbowed from the face going for a header.

0’: Kickoff!

We are underway coming from Nizhny! England is actually in white, Panama in red.

This particular’s Hot!

Matthew Futterman: This particular’s seriously hot here in Nizhny. On paper, the heat may be the only thing in which can stand from the way of England in This particular one. They’ve got much better, much younger players, amd overwhelming numbers from the stands, too. No offense to Panama, which did amazing work just to get here. As my friend along with former colleague along with Englishman Jon Clegg likes to say, the Brits can sometimes turn a funny shade of pink when they get hot along with frustrated. in which’s what Panama has to be shooting for.

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