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Gueye solid again as Pickford has quiet game

England cruise as Senegal allow Japan to claw back a draw

England v Panama: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images

England started strong and easily overwhelmed a hapless Panama 6-1 in Group G action as the Three Lions booked their passage into the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Like in the previous game against Tunisia, Everton goalkeeper had little to do as Panama rarely threatened his goal until the second half. Panama mustered only two shots on goal, but were able to score as veteran defender Felipe Baloy slid in to meet a freekick and placed his shot beyond Pickford’s dive.

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England’s six goals comprised a hattrick for captain Harry Kane, as well as a brace for former Everton defender John Stones and one for Jesse Lingard.

Senegal wasted a golden opportunity to seal qualification to the Round of 16, letting Japan back into the game twice as the Group H clash ended 2-2.

As things stand, Japan now lead the group on a tiebreaker, with Senegal in second with four points. Colombia are in third with three points from a whopping win over Poland which eliminated the European nation from the World Cup.

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye had another strong showing in the middle, with the second-most passes and the best pass accuracy for the Lions of Teranga.

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Idrissa Gueye passmap
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In a match that ebbed and flowed with attacking intent, Senegal went ahead early from Sadio Mane, before Japan equalized from Takashi Inui. 19-year-old Moussa Wague then put the African nation ahead again with less than twenty minutes to go, but once again the Blue Samurai equalized with veteran Keisuke Honda scoring.