Incredibly wasteful England manage to secure a late victory thanks to a double from captain Harry Kane.

2018 World Cup

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Match Events

3′ Lingard and Sterling miss golden chances

Lingard almost gets England off and running as he latches on to Alli’s cutback. However, Hassen sticks out a leg and turns the ball past the post.

England break through Alli and he offloads to Lingard in the left inside channel. He cuts the ball back to Sterling, but the winger is offside as he connects in the box.

11′ GOAL! Tunisia 0-1 England (Harry Kane)

Kane has a dream start to the tournament as he taps home from close range to put his team ahead.

Young floated his cross into the middle for Stones to attack. The defender powered an effort towards the top corner. Hassen made a fine save, but Kane was there to pounce on the rebound to convert.

24′ WHAT A CHANCE missed by Lingard!

Young floats a dangerous cross to the back post where Lingard is unmarked. The midfielder has an age to figure out what to do with his effort, only to scuff his strike at goal.

35′ Penalty Goal! Tunisia 1-1 England (Sassi)

PENALTY TO TUNISIA! Fakhreddine Ben Youssef goes down under the arm of Walker and the referee points to the spot.

Sassi holds his composure from the spot as he fires his effort beyond the reach of Pickford into the bottom corner. Walker is punished for his mistake and Tunisia notch the equaliser.

44′ OFF THE POST! Lingard almost scores

Lingard makes a brilliant run into the right inside channel to latch on to Trippier’s ball over the top. He knocks the ball past Ben Mustapha, but it strikes the wrong side of the post before heading wide.

69′ CHANCE! Trippier’s shot wide out

Trippier goes for goal as he curls his effort over the wall towards the bottom corner. However, Ben Mustapha watches the ball sail comfortably wide.

78′ CHANCE! Young’s shot over the bar

Alli is tripped on the edge of the box and it hands England a free-kick in a dangerous position. Young bends the ball over the wall, but he lifts his strike sails over the bar.

90+1′ GOAL! Tunisia 1-2 England (Kane)

Kane scores his second of the game with a well-placed header from close range. He may have won the game for his team at the death.

Trippier’s corner was headed to the back post by Maguire where Kane was lurking without the presence of a Tunisia defender.

He only had Ben Mustapha to beat and he directed his effort beyond the reach of the keeper into the net.

Match Report

Harry Kane marked his World Cup debut with a stoppage-time winner as England made hard work of overcoming Tunisia 2-1 in their Group G opener.

England’s talisman and captain put them ahead in the 11th minute of Monday’s clash in Volgograd, but Tunisia levelled in contentious fashion.

Referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot when Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with his arm and Ferjani Sassi levelled with an unconvincing penalty.

England wasted numerous opportunities prior to that leveller but will have been unimpressed by Roldan’s performance thereafter, the Colombian ignoring multiple penalty appeals from the Three Lions.

Gareth Southgate’s men appeared to run out of ideas in the second half, with Tunisia seemingly set to see out what would have been an unexpected draw.

But in the first minute of injury time they made the mistake of leaving Kane unmarked in the box for the second time and he took advantage by heading home at the far post to ensure England start the tournament with a deserved, if unconvincing, win.

Line-ups

Tunisia XI: Hassen; Meriah, S. Ben Youssef, Bronn, Maaloul; Skhiri, Badri, Sassi; F. Ben Youssef, Khazri (C), Sliti.

Subs: Mustapha, Mathlouhi, Benalouane, Haddadi, Bedoui, Khaoui, Ben Amor, Khalil, Srarfi, Khalifa, Chaaleli, Naguez.

England XI: Pickford; Maguire, Stones, Walker; Young, Henderson, Trippier; Lingard, Alli; Sterling, Kane (C).

Subs: Butland, Pope, Rose, Dier, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold

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