Harry Kane and John Stones scored twice as England secured a place in the round of 16 with a 6-1 win against Panama while Japan fought back to draw 2-2 against Senegal on day 11 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Japan fight back twice to seal point against Senegal
A resilient display from Japan saw them fight back twice from a goal down against Senegal to seal a point in an entertaining game at the Ekaterinburg Arena.
Senegal got off to bright start and were rewarded in the 11th minute when Sadio Mane was in the right place at the right time to give them the lead from point blank range after the Japanese keeper Eiji Kawashima parried a save straight into him.
Some great work from Yuto Nagotomo saw Takashi Inui presented with Japan’s first clear cut chance of the game and he rifled his shot low past the desperate dive of the keeper to draw Japan level in the 34th minute.
Goalkeeper Kawashima then made a smart save to deny Niang and keep it at 1-1 as the first half ended all square.
Half Time – Japan 1 – 1 Senegal
The second half saw both teams offer a bit more offensively as Japan played more confidently on the ball whilst Senegal continued to cause problems with their pace and physicality.
Osako missed a golden opportunity to give Japan the lead when he failed to make contact with a low cross, just 3 yards out from goal. Minutes later, Inui hit the crossbar at the end of a flowing Japanese move, as Japan began to take a firm grip on the game
Moussa Wague gave Senegal the lead against the run of play as the right back smashed home a cross that made its way right across the face of the Japanese goal.
The lead was short lived though, as substitute Keisuke Honda took advantage of an error in judgment from Senagalese keeper N’Diaye, to equalize again, firing past 2 defenders on the line.
Full Time – Japan 2 – 2 Senegal
Man of the Match – Sadio Mane
Senegal – Sadio Mane 11’, Moussa Wague 71’
Japan – Takashi Inui 34’, Keisuke Honda 78’
Senegal – M’Baye Niang 59’, Youssouf Sabaly 90’, Cheikh N’Doye 90+1’
Japan – Takashi Inui 68’, Makoto Hasebe 90+4’
England dish Panama a lesson in Football
England cruised past newcomers Panama 6-1 in their Group G encounter at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod.
England made the breakthrough early with a set piece which John Stones headed into the to the left corner. The goal seemed to ignite Panama who had some flowing moves in the England half only to fail to deliver the final pass.
England got a chance to take control of the game when Jesse Lingard was brought down by Fidel Escobar. Captain Harry Kane stepped up and made no mistakes with the spot kick.
England pulled away further with super strike from Jesse Lingard, curled in from the left with a one two with Raheem Sterling. John Stones got his second of the afternoon when he headed from a close range with a training ground move off another set piece.
The lead was further extended before the end of the first half when another penalty was awarded for a foul on Harry Kane, which he converted.
Half Time – England 5 – 0 Panama
Panama was in damage control mode and England kept possession to find openings. Harry Kane got his hat-trick with a goal he didn’t know much where Loftus-Cheek drive deflected off him and into the goal.
Roman Torres got an opportunity to score Panama’s first ever goal in the World Cup only to shot it wide from close range.
England seemed to be content with their goals and played it safe while Panama tried hard to score a goal. They were fully rewarded when Felipe Baloy scored a historical goal for Panama sending the Central American fans in frenzy enjoying their moment despite the score line.
Full Time – England 6 – 1 Panama
Man of the Match – Harry Kane (England)
England – John Stones 8’ & 40’, Harry Kane 22’(P), 45+1’(P) & 62, Jesse Lingard 36’
Panama – Felipe Baloy 78’
England – Ruban Loftus-Cheek 23’
Panama – Armando Cooper 10’, Fidel Escobar 44’, Michael Murillo 72’