Kane's dramatic stoppage-time goal gives England win over Tunisia

Calvin Saunders
June 19, 2018

Harry Kane scored twice, including a dramatic injury-time victor, after Ferjani Sassi's penalty had cancelled out the England captain's opener.

Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.

Hassen then clawed away Maguire's header but required treatment after a clash with Lingard and would not last much longer.

He even turned down invitations from England's manager Gareth Southgate to play in qualifying matches against Malta and Slovakia.

With Kane twice being denied a penalty after being fouled in the Tunisia area, England looked set to be denied by bad finishing and poor refereeing.

Kane put England in front on 11 minutes when he powered home a rebound after John Stones' header was pushed into his path, which was a just reward for England's dominant start.

Tunisia suffered a further setback in the 16 minute when goalkeeper Mouez Hassan had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Farouk Ben Mustapha.

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When Walker's flailing arm caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, a penalty was awarded and Sassi slotted it in to equalize. Maybe it was a bit of justice to score at the back post at the end.

Fans were filmed celebrating wildly in pubs as England registered their first opening game win in a tournament since 2006.

"We had to keep creating chances, we didn't play as well second half but they defended deep". I feel very happy for the England boys because if they hadn't have gotten there, the next couple of days would have been bad for them.

However, Harry Maguire flicked a Kieran Trippier delivery into the path of Kane, who made no mistake from point-blank range to break Tunisian hearts.

Southgate believes England's players are as prepared, focused and ready as they can be for their eagerly anticipated World Cup opener.

"If you are here you have to get on board with everything, and I think that's what everybody's done".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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