AGONAsport World Cup Daily Recap, Day 11: England In Panama Rout; The Intrigue Grows In Group H
Day 11 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup had it all from goals, big wins, as well as one superb match. England flexed their muscles with a 6-1 rout of Panama on the back of a Harry Kane hat-trick and unlikely brace from John Stones. Colombia rekindled their hopes of progression to the Round of 16 with a 3-0 thumping of Poland. Finally, Japan and Senegal played a wildly entertaining 2-2 draw.
England v Panama 6-1
England showcased their superb form with a 6-1 thrashing of Panama. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick for the Three Lions who also received two goals from John Stones and one from Jesse Lingard. The size of the win means England are now tied on points, goal difference, and goals scored going into the group finale against Belgium on Thursday. For Panama, there was one moment of joy. In the 78th minute, Felipe Baloy slid home a free-kick to score Panama’s first goal at a World Cup.
Match Rating - 6.5: A complete demolition as it was, this match provided entertainment throughout the 90 minutes. England were dominant, but Panama also made history with their first goal.
Poland v Colombia 0-3
Poland were eliminated from the World Cup following a 3-0 defeat to Colombia. Los Cafeteros were produced a sensational display and kickstarter their World Cup campaign coming off an opening match loss to Japan. Yerry Mina rose high to head home five minutes from the break to give Colombia a 1-0 lead. Poland tried to get back in it, but on 70 minutes a fantastic finish from Radamel Falcao made it 2-0. James Rodriguez’s wonderful cross-field pass unleashed Juan Cuadrado five minutes later and the Juventus man made it 3-0.
Match Rating - 7: Poland were disappointing yet again. Colombia on the other hand were easy on the eye, producing a performance that sends a warning to other teams going forward.
Japan v Senegal 2-2
Japan and Senegal conjured up one of the matches of the tournament thus far with a 2-2 draw in Ekaterinburg. The result leaves both sides alive in Group H going into their final match. Sadio Mane scored with a fortunate deflection eleven minutes in to give Senegal the lead. The African side looked on top, however Japan found a breakthrough thanks to Takashi Inui on 34 minutes.
After the break, the match looked like it could go either way. Moussa Wague looked to have given Senegal the win with his 70th minute rising near-post finish. But, Japan would not be denied a point and substitute Keisuke Honda came on to fire a leveller from close range twelve minutes from time for a share of the spoils in this match.
Match Rating - 8.5: This was an enthralling encounter. Both sides were positive and went forward searching for goals. In the end a draw was probably the fairest result. The real victory came for viewers who were encapsulated by 90 minutes of a great football match.
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GOAL OF THE DAY
Jesse Lingard score a fantastic goal against Panama, The Manchester United player received the ball just outside the box and unleashed a powerful drive into the top corner in the 36th minute of the rout against Panama to make it 3-0 to England at that point.
England hit Panama for six
Panama score first-ever World Cup goal
Japan and Senegal play out entertaining draw
Colombia superb in 3-0 over Poland
Poland eliminated from contention
LOOKING AHEAD TO TOMORROW
The final matches of the Group Stage begin tomorrow with four fixtures from Groups A and B. In Group A, Russia and Uruguay play each other for the right to finish top of the group. Saudi Arabia and Egypt also face off in a match focusing purely on pride as both teams have already been eliminated.
There promises to be drama in Group B. Portugal take on Iran in a decisive clash. Iran would advance with a victory, while for Portugal a draw or win would be enough. Spain will also clinch a place in the last 16 with a draw when they take on eliminated Morocco.