2018 FIFA World Cup Group G Recap after Match Day 3
Belgium beat England 1-0 to top Group G
Both teams came into this game already booked a place in the round of 16. Only thing that was not decided was who was going to face who in the round of 16, since that depends on who finishes first and who finishes second. Even though both teams have the same amount of points and goal differential, England came into this game on top of Group G due to fair play points. So England could have drawn this match and still win the group, only a win for Belgium would see them win the group. Interesting to note, the winner of this group would have a much tougher path to the semi-finals than the runner up. The winner would most likely face Brazil in the quarter-finals, while the runner up would face the winner of the Switzerland/Sweden match. Both teams in this game made lots of changes to their line ups, mostly fielding a second team. Only goal in this game came in the beginning of the second half, in the 51st minute Adnan Januzaj scores and gives Belgium the 1-0 lead and eventually would be the clincher. In the round of 16 Belgium will face Japan while England will face Colombia.
Tunisia turns 1-0 halftime deficit into a 2-1 victory against Panama
Both teams come into this game looking for their first points at this year’s World Cup. Tunisia has not won a game at the World Cup since 1978 while Panama is looking for their first ever World Cup victory. Panama would have their first ever World Cup lead in the 33rd minute through an own goal by Tunisian defender Yassine Meriah, giving Panama a 1-0 lead. Tunisia was throughout the match the better team, having possession and chances on their side. All that effort would finally pay off in the second half as Tunisia would score two goals in a span of 15 minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Goals came in the 51st minute by Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and in the 66th minute by Tunisian captain Wahbi Khazri. As a result, Panama and Egypt are the only two teams who did not registered a single point during the group stage. Both teams leave Russia with zero points.
Final Standings in Group G:
- Belgium 9 points, +7 Goal Difference
- England 6 points, +5 Goal Difference
- Tunisia 3 points, -3 Goal Difference
- Panama 0 points, -9 Goal Difference