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World Cup 2018

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Sunday June 24th

Group G

England cruise past Panama

England 6 Panama 1 (Nizhny Novgorod)
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England pummelled Panama 6-1 to reach the next round. John Stones opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a thumping header into the bottom corner of the net from a corner-kick and Kane doubled England's lead in the 20th minute scoring emphatically from the penalty spot. Jesse Lingard picked the top corner with a beautifully stuck ball from outside the box in the 36th minute and 4 minutes later a cleverly-taken free-kick was headed to Stirling whose header was saved by the keeper but nodded in by Stones. Kane smashed in another penalty just before the break after some wrestling in the box to make it 5-0 at half time. England took it easy in the second half and scored their 6th in the 62nd minute when a shot from Loftus-Cheek took a deflection off Kane for his hat-trick, but it was Panama who had the last laugh when Felipe Baloy slid onto a cross from a free-kick to knock the ball past Pickford and register Panama's first ever World Cup goal.

john stones
Stones smashes in header
Group H

Honours even

Japan 2 Senegal 2 (Ekaterinburg)

Japan and Senegal shared the points in a 2-2 draw at the top of the table in group H. In the 11th minute Japan failed to head a cross away and a low shot was punched by Kawashima and deflected in off the leg of Sadio Mane but in the 35th minute Takashi Inui picked up Nagatomo's ball in the box, opened his body and sent it to the far corner of the net. In the 64th minute Osako ran onto a long ball and backheeled it into the box for Inui to stroke onto the crossbar, but in the 71st minute Senegal retook the lead when Moussa Wague ran onto a ball played across goal and knocked it into the roof of the net. Japan equalised 7 minutes later when the Senegalese keeper failed to claim a high ball into the box and Takashi pulled the ball back from the by-line for substitute Keisuke Honda to score and become Asia's top scorer in World Cup history.

keisuke honda
Honda levels the score
Group H

Poland crash out

Colombia 3 Poland 0 (Kazan)

Colombia bounced back from their defeat against Japan with a convincing 3-0 victory over Poland. After a lot of running by both sides Colombia took control in the 40th minute when Rodriguez lifted the ball into the 6-yard box for the towering Yerry Mina to head in. A long ball in the 58th minute reached Lewandowsky, but Colombian keeper Ospina bravely got in his way, and in the 70th minute Colombia went further ahead when Quintero passed the ball to Rademel Falcoa who confidently stroked it past Szczesny with the outside of his right foot. Five minute later Guardado received the ball in acres of space and went on to place it past the keeper. There was no consolation for Poland as a thunderous shot by Lewandowski was tipped over the bar in the last minute.

yerry mina
Mina heads in for Colombia

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