Day five of the World Cup campaign saw no major surprises – but the rally in Groups ‘G’ and ‘F’ to qualify for the next round has intensified.
England’s Harry Kane was crowned saviour when he went on to score a crucial goal during stoppage time to ensure that his team would emerge victorious over Tunisia in their opening World Cup match.
The scoreboard was opened in the 11th minute when Kane – the captain of the English team – scored off a rebound from Hassen, the Tunisian goalkeeper.
This crucial win sets England in a good position to qualify for the last-16 of the tournament, provided they overpower Panama on Sunday.
Belgium vs Panama (3-0)
Belgium took home three points in its World Cup opener courtesy a three-nil victory against World Cup debutants Panama – but the score only tells half the story. Touted as one of the favourites to take home the World Cup, Belgium failed to impress in the first half of the game as they struggled to get the ball past the Panamanian defense.
Nevertheless, what followed after the break was nothing short of phenomenal, as Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku went on to bag one and two goals, respectively.
Sweden vs South Korea (1-0)
Sweden marked their first appearance in a World Cup after a span of 12 years with a win against rivals South Korea, albeit courtesy a controversial penalty that required the intervention of the video assistance referee (VAR).
The penalty was awarded following a foul committed by Kim Min-woo on Viktor Claesson – and the Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up to the occassion.
Sweden, who now joins Mexico at the top of Group F on three points, created several scoring opportunities initially but the South Korean goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo was up for the challenge. South Koreans were only able to create five shots, of which none were on target.