England took on Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in their second fixture of the World Cup 2018.
The Three Lions came looking for a win to secure second place in the group G table.
From the get-go, Gareth Southgate’s side dominated AND actually delivered in the game; something that majority of the World class teams failed to do so far.
The match ended 6-1 in possibly one of England’s best games in a while at the international stage.
Three Lions captain Harry Kane scored a hat trick, taking him to top scorer in the tournament while John stones bagged a double.
Early on in the game, the home side scored from a set piece in the eighth minute, which only built up England’s momentum to go on and convert more.
Within the first half, Kane scored two penalties, Stones headed in two balls from set plays and Jesse Lingard scored a curler from outside Panama’s box.
Having already possessed a handful of yellow cards from the first game, Panama continued playing rough and as a result suffered from two goals on the spot.
The first half ended 5-0 as England seemed certain to qualify to the next round.
When the whistle for the second half blew, the Three Lions were showing the same level of consistency going up front.
Kieran Trippier was probably the most effective player on the pitch creating chances from corners and free kicks.
England had a more defensive role in the latter stages of the match after Kane scored his third goal.
The ball deflected off his foot and into the Panamanian net.
As Kane went off, a VAR appeal was accepted but the goal still stood; bringing England to 6-0.
The visitors managed to score quickly from a set piece bringing the game to 6-1.
Despite losing by a large margin, Panama fans cheered in the crowd for scoring their first goal in the tournament.
England have qualified through to the round of 16 with the Belgium game in hand for match day 3.
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