World Cup 2018: Kane hat-trick in record England win, Poland knocked out

first_imgHarry Kane and England stole the show on Sunday as his hat-trick powered England to a 6-1 win over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod while Colombia thrashed Poland in the last game to knock them out of the tournament.Sunday also saw the most goals (14) to be scored on a single day (maximum three games) so far in the tournament since since 10th June 1990 (also 14).England’s dominating display was followed by a four-goal thriller between Japan and Senegal which ended in a 2-2 draw in Ekaterinburg and the last the day of the match saw Colombia ease past Poland to send them home from this year’s World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe day started with one way traffic at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium as England hammered five goals past the World Cup first timers in the first half itself. John Stones opened the scoring for England from a corner. The Manchester City man lost his marker and jumped high before heading it home in the 8th minute. Kane then put England 2-0 ahead when he converted from a penalty that Jesse Lingard earned in the 22nd minute. Lingard got England’s third with a curler into the top corner. Stones then got his second when he headed an easy ball home from a beautifully worked free-kick before Kane converted another penalty at the stroke of half-time to end the half on a high.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the second half, Kane got his hat-trick goal in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot deviated and looped over the goalkeeper to go in and give Kane his fifth goal of the tournament. Panama’s euphoric moment came when Felipe Baloy scored in the 78th minute after the English players switched off from a free-kick.advertisementJapan and Senegal then played out a thrilling Group H encounter, where the Blue Samurais came from behind twice to level the game 2-2 and come out with a point.DAY 11 – HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSSadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal. He tapped the ball into the net after goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was unable to control a shot from Youssouf Sabaly. Japan struck back in the 34th minute when Takashi Inui scored with Japan’s first shot on goal, but Moussa Wague restored the lead with a shot high into the net in the 71st. Coming on in the 72nd minute, Honda then scored in the 78th minute, knocking the ball past two defenders standing on the goal line, to give Japan a 2-2 draw.In the last match of the day, Poland were handed a 3-0 drubbing by Colombia in Kazan. The first half ended 1-0 with Yerry Mina heading in a pinpoint cross from James Rodriguez in the 40th minute. The second half is when all the drama happened. The Colombian attackers tore apart a hapless Polish defence. Radamel Falcao (70th minute) and Juan Cuadrado (75th minute) scored twice inside five minutes to kill the game and send Poland home. England qualify for last 16, Panama’s first World Cup goalEngland’s impressive show in the World Cup continued on Sunday when they hammered Panama 6-1 in their second Group G fixture of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Harry Kane scored a hat-trick while John Stones bagged a brace and Jesse Lingard curled one in to make it six for England.ENGLAND VS PANAMA – MATCH REPORTThis was the first time the Three Lions had scored five plus goals in a World Cup fixture ever. Previous top scoring matches were the 1966 final against Germany that England won 4-2 and against Belgium in 1954 when they match ended in a 4-4 tie.This is only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored five plus goals in the first half of a match. The last time it happened was in Brazil, when Germany hammered the hosts 7-1 in the 2014 semi-final at the Mineirao.Despite the 6-1 drubbing, Panamans also had a reason to celebrate and they did. Baloy’s 78th minute strike past Jordan Pickford, gave them their first-ever goal in a World Cup.The English defence fell asleep for a while the substitute pulled off at the back of the defensive line from Alivia’s free-kick and somehow connected with the ball while sliding to send the ball inside the goal.They lost the match and crashed out but this moment of joy will forever be remembered by the Panamans. Kane sets English records, tops goal scorers chart in RussiaadvertisementWith three on Sunday and a brace against Tunisia earlier, Kane has now scored five goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is now the leading goal scorer in this year’s tournament in Russia. He is also now the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. Geoff Hurst was the first in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker was the second, when he put three past Poland in 1986.Also read – Kane first Englishman to score World Cup hat-trick since 1986The 25-year-old, who now has five goals in World Cups now, is only behind Lineker (10) in terms of goals scored in a World Cup. He is level with Hurst, who also has five to his name. Bobby Charlton and Michael Owen have four each.Also, Kane’s first spot kick was the first penalty converted by an England player at the World Cup since 2002. David Beckham scored the last time from the spot against Argentina. He is also the third player now behind Hunt (1966) and Lineker (1986) to score three or more goals in a group stages of a World Cup match.Also read – Kane wants England to believe after reaching last 16The 25-year-old, who now has five goals in World Cups now, is only behind Lineker (10) in terms of goals scored in a World Cup. He is level with Hurst, who also has five to his name. Bobby Charlton and Michael Owen have four each. Honda’s historic goal versus SenegalKeisuke Honda came off the bench and struck a 78th minute equaliser to earn Japan a 2-2 draw after falling behind twice against Senegal.The Japanese playmaker, who replaced Shinji Kagawa for the second time in this World Cup, scored his 4th goal in a World Cup. He became the top-scoring Asian player in World Cup history. He has now scored four goals from nine appearances so far. Honda scored twice in South Africa 2010 and one each in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018.JAPAN VS SENEGAL – MATCH REPORTThe 32-year-old also added another unique stat to his name. His 78th minute equaliser also gave him his first goal against an African nation. And, now, he is the only Japan player to have scored a goal against a nation from every continent – South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa.This is also Japan’s joint-best start to a World Cup campaign with four points from their first two games. They have also never scored four goals from their first two games in a World Cup. Senegal’s Wague sets African recordSenegal right-back Moussa Wague scored in the 71st minute to give Senegal the lead in Ekaterinburg against Japan but Honda’s strike seven minutes later evened things up for the second consecutive time.However, he achieved some personal records. Wague became youngest ever African player to score a goal at the World Cup at the age of Just 19 years and 236 days. He also became the first African teenager to score in a World Cup during the peech of a game he had. The right-back had 62 touches, put in seven crosses, created four chances, cleared the ball twice, had one shot on goal and scored from it.advertisementAlso read – Mane disappointed with draw vs JapanSenegal also became first African nation to score two or more goals in both of their first two matches in World Cup. Also, Senegal haven’t lost any of the previous 15 matches that Sadio Mane has scored in now. They have won nine and drawn six. Poland knocked out in group stagesPoland were knocked out of the World Cup after their 0-2 loss to Colombia on Sunday in Kazan. They have now lost both of their games in this year’s World Cup so far.The Polish now have zero points from two games and cannot reach the minimum mark of four even if they beat Japan in their next Group H game. They lost their game against Senegal 1-2 in their first game of the World Cup and failed to recover and beat the Colombians in their second game.POLAND VS COLOMBIA – MATCH REPORTPoland struggled to put together any proper move to threaten the South Americans and in the end lost the match without a proper fight one could say.They become ninth team to get knocked out from this tournament and the first from its group. Before them, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Peru, Costa Rica, South Korea and Panama were knocked out.last_img

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