FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: Group G Results, Recap and Highlights

Belgium 3-0 Panama

Panama’s debut world cup match culminated in a 3-0 loss suffered at the hands of the ruthless Red Devils. Three-nil might look a better scoreline considering the magnitude of both sides and that is as a result of the dogged front Panama put up against their opponents. It took a 47th minute stunner from Dries Mertens to break down that resistance before big forward Romelu Lukaku scored twice in six minutes to completely seal victory for the Belgians.

England 2-1 Tunisia

England captain Harry Kane twice had to come to the fore for the Three Lions in a narrow win against Tunisia. England took the lead in the 11th minute through Harry Kane, the Tottenham forward scoring a rebound from close range after the Tunisian goalkeeper parried a John Stones’ header. Tunisia pulled level ten minutes from half-time in controversial manner, the referee Wilmar Roldan pointing to the spot after Kyle Walker appeared to have caught fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm. Ferjani Sassi stepped up to score from the spot but an unmarked Harry Kane in the 91st minute directed an header into the back of the net to give England victory.

Belgium 5-2 Tunisia

Belgium powered their way to the next round of the world cup after a seven-goal thriller against Tunisia. Dylan Bronn had pulled one back for Tunisia after Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku had put Belgium ahead after a quarter of an hour but a Romelu Lukaku goal followed at the tail end of the first-half to earn himself a brace and put Belgium two goals ahead. In a thrilling second half performance, Eden Hazard added another before substitute Michy Batshuayi made it five in the last minute of normal time. Wabhi Khazri scored a neat finish in added time but it was mere consolation for the Carthage Eagles.

England 6-1 Panama

England in a bid to outdo, Group G favorites Belgium managed to record their own seven-goal thriller but conceding only one in the process. England captain Harry Kane continued his devastating form in front of goal, netting two penalties and a getting a touch to a loftus Cheek attempt. John Stones surprisingly added a brace from two headers in the first half with Jesse Lingard adding England’s third in the 36th minute with a sweet strike from the edge of the box. Felipe Baloy scored Panama’s first ever world cup goal and the joy was evident all over Nizhny Novgorod.

Belgium 1-0 England

Both sides rested key players in their final group game in Kaliningrad, Belgium making a total of nine changes while England made one less. Despite the possibility of facing Brazil in the quarter finals for whoever took first spot and the fancier chance of taking on Switzerland or Sweden in the last eight for second place, both sides set out to get the better of the other especially as the fringe players looked determined to impress their managers. Chances were created by both sides but neither looked set to take the lead until an Adnan Januzaj sublime strike nestled in the top-left corner in the 51st minute.

Tunisia 2-1 Panama

Tunisia would go on to claim all three points in a dead rubber match against Panama after coming from behind. Already out of the tournament after their second games, both nations played for the pride at stake and thirty-three minutes into the game, Tunisia’s exit looked set to become more embarassing as Yassine Meriah deflected a long-ranger from luis Rodriguez into his own net to give the debutants the lead going into the break. Ben Youssef pulled one back for the North Africans six minutes after the break before Wabhi Khazri scored the winner from close range. The win represented Tunisia’s second ever world cup win and first since the 1978 World cup.

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