MATCH CENTRE

SUN 24 JUNE 2018, 14:00, NIZHNY NOVGOROD ARENA

6
VS
1

Nightmare For Panama As England Secure Knockout Spot

by Brian Lee

Sun June 24, 16:31

England secured their place in the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in emphatic fashion with a 6-1 thumping of Panama in a Group G match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Sunday.

It was the worst possible start for Panama who conceded after only eight minutes when John Stones headed home a corner-kick from 12-yards out, 1-0.

Matters went from bad to worse for the North Americans who gave away a penalty in the 20th minute after Jesse Lingard was brought down inside the box by Fidel Escobar.

Captain Harry Kane stepped up for England and made no mistake from the spot-kick, 2-0.

The contest was over by the 35th minute when the Europeans found the back of the net for a third time following a 22-yard effort from Lingard which found the top corner, 3-0.

Five minutes before the break England added a fourth goal when Stones headed home from close range after a well-worked free-kick, 4-0.

The nightmare continued for Panama who conceded a second penalty in the 43rd minute after Kane was pulled down at a corner by Anibal Godoy.

Kane stepped up for the second time and, much like his first goal, he fired the spot-kick into the roof of the net, 5-0.

The next goal of the match only came in the 62nd minute, and a but fortuitously so, when a long range shot from Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected off Kane and found its way into the net, 6-0.

Panama threw players forward in search of some consolation after conceding their sixth goal and they did manage to find some in the 78th minute when Felipe Baloy turned home a left-sided free-kick from 12-yards out, 6-1.

Panama continued to press forward after that, but England stood firm to pick up an impressive win while the loss for the North Americans sees them unable to make the knockout stages of the competition.

England (5) 6 (Stones 8’ + 40’, Kane 22’ pen, 45’ pen + 62’, Lingard 36’)
Panama (0) 1 (Baloy 78’)

Teams

England: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.

Panama: Jaime Penedo; Roman Torres, Fidel Escobar, Michael Murillo, Eric Davis; Gabriel Gomez, Anibal Godoy, Armando Cooper, Edgar Barcenas, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Blas Perez.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE NIZHNY NOVGOROD ARENA
ENGLAND GOALS PANAMA GOALS
9. Harry Kane (22') 23. Felipe Baloy (78')
7. Jesse Lingard (36')
5. John Stones (40')
9. Harry Kane (45 + 1')
9. Harry Kane (62')
5. John Stones (8')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
ENGLAND STARTING LINEUP PANAMA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
18
Defender
15
Defender
6
Defender
43'
4
Defender
8'
40'
5
Defender
72'
2
Defender
70'
12
Defender
5
Defender
2
Midfielder
63'
20
Midfielder
36'
64'
7
Midfielder
10'
11
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
69'
8
Midfielder
23'
21
Midfielder
69'
6
Forward/Striker
22'
45 + 1'
62'
64'
9
21
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Fabian Delph
Defender
64'
17
Ricard Alvi
Midfielder
63'
19
Jamie Vardy
Forward/Striker
64'
11
Abdiel Arroyo
Forward/Striker
69'
16
Danny Rose
Defender
70'
3
Felipe Baloy
Defender
69'
23
CARDS
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Midfielder
23'
21
Armando Cooper
Midfielder
10'
11
Fidel Escobar
Defender
43'
4
Michael Amir Murillo
Defender
72'
2
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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