Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Tunisia vs. England - Football Match Report

Tunisia vs. England - Football Match Report

Having dominated proceedings following Kane's 11th-minute opener, England began to run out of ideas after Fenjani Sassi's 33rd-minute penalty had given the Tunisians an unexpected lifeline.

Much had been made of the midge insects invading Volgograd during the day, and England continued their flying start with Henderson testing new keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, who had replaced the injured Mouez Hassen shortly after the England goal.

Kane is yet to score a goal in a major tournament, while England have not made it past the last 16 of the World Cup since 2006, but the striker demonstrated the confidence that is running through the squad.

Welcome to our coverage of England's World Cup opener against Tunisia in Volgograd (kick-off 7.0).

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.

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Standing alone at the far post, Kane guided a headed pass from Harry Maguire into the net.

Harry Kane scored a dramatic late victor for England against Tunisia in the Three Lions' World Cup opener.

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England manager Gareth Southgate said his side deserved the three points. Tunisia looked more comfortable as they sat back in defense, only to be undone by Kane in the 91st minute. Their recent history is checkered with disappointment including failing to escape the World Cup group stage in 2014 and then losing to defensive-minded Iceland in the Euro 2016 second round. Tunisia stand in their way in their opening game of a tournament where the big boys have failed to impress. Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Group G match between Tunisia and England.

Where he and VAR fell short, though, was when Kane was twice wrestled to the ground in the penalty area with no foul awarded for the England captain.

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