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Late England winner sparks great scenes across the country

POSTED ON 20 JUNE 2018

Pubs and houses all across the country were celebrating after captain Harry Kane headed in a last minute winner in England’s first World Cup group game against Tunisia, on Monday night

The game started well for Gareth Southgate’s men after 24-year-old Harry Kane netted in just eleven minutes into the game. Kane’s first goal was cancelled out after Tunisia were awarded a penalty, which was slotted home by Ferjani Sassi.

The closing stages of the first half ended on a high for The Three Lions, however it was a frustrating second half with Tunisia’s solid defending and the referee’s non-use of the controversial VAR system. A nation of disappointed England fans were left jumping for joy after Right-Back Kieran Trippier’s corner found its way to Harry Kane, giving the national side a dramatic late win.

After the game, England and Tottenham star Harry Kane, said it was a “massive win”.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “I’m just so proud we kept going, kept on fighting, and made people back home proud. It shows good character to get on with it, and it’s a massive win.

“We spoke a lot about togetherness. We have a great bond off the pitch and it’s nice to see it working on the pitch. Everyone, staff included, is delighted. We’ll get on that plane happy.”

England now sit second in Group G after Belgium’s 3-0 win over Panama, and all eyes now turn to Sunday 24th June when England face Panama at 1pm. The game will be shown live on BBC One and probably in every pub in England. England’s final group game (potentially the first-place decider) will be in the evening of Thursday 28th June, against a Belgium side with familiar faces such as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

Senegal’s 2-1 victory over Poland rounded the first round of group games which saw host nation Russia secure the highest World Cup opening win since Italy in 1934. After sacking their manager on the eve of the tournament, Spain were to help to a riveting 3-3 draw to Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo showing the world why he is one of the all time best players by scoring an impressive hat-trick.

The first week of the tournament saw many upsets including Mexico’s 1-0 win over Germany, whilst Argentina and Brazil could only draw their opening games.

Russia’s 3-1 win over Mo Salah’s Egypt, saw them become the first side to all but guarantee their place in this year’s knockout stages. The hosts also made history with the best start by any team in their first two games – scoring eight goals and conceding just one.

After a week of upsets with many peoples’ favourites dropping points, some people have claimed this could be the year of the underdogs. Could football finally be coming home…?

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