FINAL SCORE: England 2, Tunisia 1
The Three Lions huffed and puffed, and finally got the winner in stoppage time as Kane popped up for his second of the game.
Last sub (93’)
Eric Dier is on stabilize things for Jesse Lingard
England goal!! (91’)
Has captain Harry Kane stolen in at the death?
Kane was completely unmarked at the far post, Maguire rose highest from the corner and headed it to Kane.. for the winner?!
Captain Kane comes through for England in stoppage time! pic.twitter.com/g27zfflL6e— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 18, 2018
Another sub (79’)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek comes on for Dele Alli.
ENG sub (68’)
Marcus Rashford comes on for Raheem Sterling.
England pressure (62’)
The Three Lions are pinning the Eagles of Carthage back, but no clear chances.
TUN improvement (55’)
The North African side are holding the ball better, distributing it better and are well and truly back in the game.
And we’re back for the second half (46’)
No changes on either side, hope the players loaded up on bug spray.
1-1 at the break (HT)
England will be ruing all the chances they’ve missed in the first half. Pickford has had nothing to do except the penalty that he got so close to.
Setpiece domination (43’)
England are absolutely terrifying Tunisia on setpieces, getting to the ball, getting to rebounds, getting shots off.
Chaos in the box! (39’)
Ball pings around in the Tunisia box from a freekick but no one can get a solid foot on it and it’s cleared away.
It’s 1-1! (36’)
Pickford’s dive to his right brings him so close to the ball, touches it with his fingertips but too much power behind the shot to keep it out.
Tunisia equalizes!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 18, 2018
Kyle Walker gives away a penalty and Sassi converts to make it 1-1. pic.twitter.com/LKAWUsZEWR
TUN penalty! (33’)
Kyle Walker catches the forward with his elbow for a cross going way over. Awful!
ENG domination (30’)
The English have been in full control, Tunisia finding space and time hard to find in the middle. Nothing for Pickford to do yet despite two corners faced.
Goalie change (16’)
Mouez Hassen will not continue and Ben Mustapha comes on for him. Should Tunisia have made the change earlier?
England lead 1-0!! (11’)
Harry Kane bangs home the rebound after an unmarked John Stones header from the corner was parried away by the injured Tunisian goalkeeper Hassen.
What a start for the Three Lions!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 18, 2018
Harry Kane taps it home to put England up 1-0 early against Tunisia. pic.twitter.com/vTrhvCGam6
ENG in control (7’)
England swarming all over the place, nicking the ball away, getting to second balls etc.
Close to scoring couple of times too, Lingard shot toed away by goalie, then a finish fumbled by Sterling but it was offside anyway.
England begin their 2018 World Cup campaign with more young talent than ever before, and yet fewer expectations, too. There is a sense around the Three Lions’ camp that this could be setting up for a strong run, but then again, it is England.
Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Jordan Pickford, and others lead this iteration of England, and they’ll do so today against AFCON qualifiers Tunisia.
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM 2018 WORLD CUP
Matchup: England vs. Tunisia
Date: 18th June 2018
Time: 11 AM PST, 2 PM EST, 7 PM BST
Venue: Volgograd Arena
TV Channels: FS1, Telemundo, BBC
Streaming: Telemundo (Spanish), fubo.TV (free trial)
Hmm. Wonder who this could be.
With Joe Hart a shell of his former self, Jordan Pickford beat out Jack Butland for the role as England’s number one. His distribution will be a key to the way that Gareth Southgate wants to play, and Jordan is a marvelous shot stopper. If England’s center backs can overachieve just a little bit, this could be a breakout month for Pickford on the world’s stage.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Lingard, Dele Alli, Young; Sterling, Kane
Tunisia: Hassen; Bronn, S.Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul; Skhiri, Sassi; Sliti, Khazri, Badri; F.Ben Youssef