Harry Kane was the hero on Monday night, with his stoppage-time winner bringing home all 3 points for England, after a nervy game against a Tunisia side who threatened to dampen the mood in the England camp. In Volgograd England started brightly, appearing to be able to cut Tunisia open at will, which culminated in Harry Kane slotting home after Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen pulled off a brilliant save to deny a John Stones header. They were then controversially pegged back by their opponents after Kyle Walker was penalised for an elbow on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. It seemed innocuous to most observers, but suddenly Tunisia had a penalty, which they converted, to bring them back on level terms – completely against the run of play. England continued to dominate throughout the rest of the half and would have felt aggrieved to not go in ahead at the break – a combination of questionable refereeing, wasted chances, and great goalkeeping.

The second half was a much less enjoyable one for any England fan, with Tunisia sitting deep and looking to frustrate England, a tactic which worked for the most part. Salvation for England, however, came in the form of their star striker Harry Kane, who struck the winner in stoppage time. He buried the last-minute header, after a flick on from Harry Maguire, who was outstanding throughout.

Despite his two goals, Kane will probably feel annoyed that he was not awarded a penalty despite being wrestled to the ground twice in the penalty box. Both referee Wilmar Roldan and the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled out a penalty in both instances.

England will go into their next Group G game on Sunday afternoon against Panama level on 3 points with Belgium.

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  1. Nice report! I can’t see how Kane didn’t get anything awarded from that wrestling in the box… Especially now with VAR, the mind boggles – was it not clear cut? It’s a contact sport I get that but it’s not a take down/out sport like that.

    Granted in the past its going to have happened alot more, how could one or two pair of eyes possible watch so many – not possible.

    VAR brings the chance to properly police those instances now. So what’s the excuse? Would it bring a new approach to the way set pieces are defended?


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