Tuesday June 19, 2018
By Aiden Graw
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium proved too good for World Cup debutants Panama in the opening match in England’s Group G.
After a goalless first half, Belgium, ranked third in the world, finally broke Panama’s resistance when Dries Mertens steered in a spectacular volley.
Panama, 55th in the rankings, had a chance to snatch an equaliser but Thibaut Courtois was quick off his line to save Michael Murillo’s shot with his legs.
Manchester United striker Lukaku made certain of the victory as he scored with a diving header after an exquisite pass from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne with the outside of his boot.
Lukaku then added a third with a chipped finish after a fine through ball from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Belgium take on Tunisia in their second match on Saturday, 23 June (13:00 BST), before Panama are England’s second opponents a day later (13:00 BST).
Harry Kane’s stoppage-time winner ensured England started their World Cup campaign with victory after Tunisia threatened to snatch a point in Volgograd.
England’s captain gave them the reward they deserved for a brilliant start by turning in the opener in the 11th minute after Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen, who went off injured in the first half, clawed out John Stones’ header.
England ran Tunisia ragged in that spell but were punished for missing a host of chances when Ferjani Sassi equalized from the penalty spot against the run of play after Kyle Walker was penalised for an elbow on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.
Kane scored his second goal of the game with a clever header as Gareth Southgate’s side recorded England’s first win in the opening game of a major tournament since they beat Paraguay in the 2006 World Cup
MONDAY WORLD CUP RESULTS:
SWEDEN 1-0 SOUTH KOREA
BELIGIUM 3-0 PANAMA
TUNISIA 1-2 ENGLAND
WORLD CUP FIXTURES TODAY
COLOMBIA V JAPAN @3:00pm
POLAND V SENEGAL @6:00pm
RUSSIA V EGYPT @9:00pm
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The Egyptian national team went through their last training session in the stadium in Saint Petersburg at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening. All 23 players participated, and there was an excellent spirit within the squad.
Egypt coach Hector Cuper talks about what Mohamed Salah adds to his team, and about Salah’s chances of taking part against a confident host team.
The report claims Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is keen on securing a reunion with the right winger, for whom he signed for Chelsea five years ago, and he is preparing a £60m bid for the Samba star.
Willian was crowned Chelsea’s Players’ Player of the Year last month, despite being restricted to 20 Premier League starts under boss Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
He is contracted with The Blues until June 2020.
Newcastle United miss out on sining a £10m bid for 20-year-old NK Lokomotiva Zagreb midfielder Lovro Majer.
Napoli will want to keep their star man for another season, but Jorginho may feel now is the right time to move on from Stadio San Paolo in a bid to further his development and win silverware with Mancester City.
Brend Leno set to join Arsenal
The 26-year-old is closing in on a move to North London and is seen by Unai Emery as the ideal successor to an ageing Petr Cech.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website