England off to winning start as Harry Kane plays hero vs. Tunisia

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2018

Kane could not have asked for a more flawless start on an individual level, although England got lucky.

Tunisia dropped increasingly deeper as the second-half progressed and Kane broke Tunisian hearts with a brilliant header in the 91st minute.

With a cross coming into the box, the Manchester City defender threw his arm up and caught the Tunisia attacker in the face, with Ben Youssef immediately going to ground. But after Kyle Walker softly conceded a penalty that Ferjani Sassi converted in the 35th, numerous fouls went against England.

The last time these two teams met opened the 1998 World Cup, a match England won 2-0.

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But in the first minute of injury time they made the mistake of leaving Kane unmarked in the box for the second time and he took advantage by heading home at the far post to ensure England start the tournament with a deserved, if unconvincing, win.

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England is the third youngest team in the tournament and head coach Gareth Southgate has done his utmost to lower the expectations.

That's part of England's ideal record against African teams at the World Cup - three wins and three draws with five clean sheets.

Teams that have experience of playing at the highest level, like at World Cups, know how to manage a game and stem the tide when they need to. When you have very tall players it is very hard to counter them.

"It wasn't as good as it was in the first half, lacked a little bit of energy". Although it appeared to be a soft decision, Walker was careless to have defended with his back to his opponent; the referee deserves the benefit of the doubt on that one.

Still, it was sufficient to wrap up the three points thanks to a late intervention from Kane, but Belgium will nevertheless look at England's struggles with some amount of glee.

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