Belgium take care of business against World Cup newcomers Panama
World Cup dark horse contender Belgium got their World Cup campaign off to a great start. Even though it was a 3-0 over Panama, one of the weaker teams at the tournament, they did what was expected off them in this game. Dominate possession, have majority of the chances, score goals, not concede any goal and get the three points. It took Belgium till the second half to get on the scoreboard when Dries Mertens scored a beautiful volley inside the box to put Belgium up 1-0. Second goal came from a diving header from Romelu Lukaku, the third and final goal of this game would once again be scored by Romelu Lukaku as he chips the goalkeeper inside the box. This team is Belgium team has world class talent in every position and will become even more dangerous as the tournament goes on.
Harry Kane’s late header gives England a 2-1 over Tunisia
England opened up this game by being the super aggressive team, having multiple chances within the first ten minutes. In the 11th minute Harry Kane puts England ahead 1-0 off a rebound. England could have led by two or three goals after the first thirty minutes, they lots of quality chances but just could not score them. After the thirtieth minute all that will and aggressiveness went away for England. In the 35th minute, after a silly foul by Kyle Walker, Tunisia would tie the game off a penalty scored by Ferjani Sassi. Throughout the rest of the game England would dominate possession but they could not create any good chances for them to score. In the 91st minute England captain Harry Kane would score his second goal of the game and the winner through a header. Both England goals came off corners. If England were to make any noise at this year’s World Cup, they need to go back to how they were playing in the first thirty minutes of this game. They played fast, created multiple quality chances and played with passion in those first thirty minutes. They will need to rediscover that form if they have any hopes of going far in this tournament this summer.
Current Standings in Group G after one game:
- Belgium 3 points, +3 Goal Difference
- England 3 points, +1 Goal Difference
- Tunisia 0 points, -1 Goal Difference
- Panama 0 points, -3 Goal Difference
Preview for the second games in Group G
Belgium vs Tunisia June 23rd, 2018, Moscow, Russia
Belgium looks to continue their good form against Tunisia in Moscow, Russia. Belgium looked really good against in their previous game against Panama, especially in the second half. Belgium will need a victory here if they have hopes of winning this group, which they are favorites to do. Tunisia need a victory from this game to keep their World Cup hopes alive after losing to England in the final minutes of that match. At the end of the day Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and the rest of the Belgium team will be too much for this Tunisia side.
Prediction: Belgium 3-0
England vs Panama June 24th, 2018, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
England hopes to have an easier time against Panama than their previous match against Tunisia. Realistically they will have an easier time against an easier team in Panama. England will use this match as a way to get ready for their third and final game against Belgium, the game where first place of this group will be decided. So expect England to dominate this game, score some goals and have some great attacking play in this match, they are definitely the better team in this match.
Prediction: England 3-0
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