World Cup 2018 Scores: Results So far and Tuesday's Schedule


harry kane world cup results so far
England left it late to seal their opening victory of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Harry Kane bagged an injury-time winner to beat Tunisia 2-1 and move the Three Lions level at the top of Group G.


Kane headed in late after he opened the scoring in Volgograd, only for Ferjani Sassi to initially peg Gareth Southgate's men back from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker elbowed an opponent to give away a spot-kick.
Romelu Lukaku rose to the fore for Belgium on Monday and scored twice in a 3-0 win over Group G minnows Panama to give his side a very encouraging start to their 2018 FIFA World Cup quest.

Dries Mertens opened the scoring for Roberto Martinez's men before Lukaku found the target twice late on to boost Belgium's bid to finish at the summit of Group G.

Sweden got their World Cup campaign started with a 1-0 victory over South Korea, and the video assistant referee was crucial in deciding another match in Russia.
Captain Andreas Granqvist calmly converted a 65th-minute penalty after referee Joel Aguilar looked to the VAR system and made the right call to award the Swedes a spot-kick in the midst of a South Korean counter-attack.

Sweden are level on points with Mexico at the top of Group F after El Tri's surprising 1-0 win over defending champions Germany on Sunday.
Read on for a roundup of Monday's results and a look toward Tuesday's schedule, featuring a Group H slate set to bring an end to the first round, before Group A contenders Russia and Egypt get the second round of pool games under way.

       

Monday's Results

Sweden 1-0 South Korea

Belgium 3-0 Panama

England vs. Tunisia, 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

       

Tuesday's Schedule

Colombia vs. Japan, 3 p.m. local time/1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET

Poland vs. Senegal, 6 p.m. local time/4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET

Russia vs. Egypt, 9 p.m. local time/7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

Harry Kane On Hand to Spare English Blushes

Tunisia gave a solid account of their ability as the highest-ranked African team present at the 2018 World Cup when they took on England, eventually succumbing to a late piece of Kane magic.
Up until then, England had toiled in attempting to find a crucial second, made all the more essential after Walker fluffed his lines in defence. The cream eventually rose to the top, but one couldn't help feel this was far from the team's potential, via Fox Soccer (United States only):

While the result was far closer than the team would have hoped, Kane gave a great captain's performance with two goals, and he took to Twitter in celebration after his last-ditch header won England three points:

The major talking point for Southgate heading back to training will be his side's finishing, with Jesse Lingard in particular guilty of missing several clear-cut chances, as were Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli.

As for the defence, England's back line were largely pristine aside from Walker's mistake in elbowing his opponent, having positioned himself poorly in the build-up. Reporter James Pearce had little sympathy for the converted full-back:
Tunisia will now have to clinch a result from Saturday's clash with Belgium if they're to have any realistic chance of advancing.
The African side were physical, to say the least, and somewhat fortunate not to give away a spot-kick or two themselves. But no matter the method, England can be happy with the outcome and now look to facing Panama on Sunday.

            

Lukaku Brace Bumps Belgium Past Panama

Panama are very much liable to be the easiest opponent Belgium will face in Group G, although that won't stop the positivity emanating from Martinez's men after they collected a confident win to begin their World Cup finals.

Lukaku's two goals ensured he was the man of the moment at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. The Manchester United marvel got on the end of a superb Kevin De Bruyne cross to head in his first, and FourFourTwo's Jeff Kassouf admired his malleability after chipping over Panama 'keeper Jaime Penedo for his second:

Belgium might have felt aggrieved to have not tucked away more of their 15 shots on goal, per WhoScored.com, particularly when they also accounted for more than 60 per cent of possession.

AS pointed out Lukaku is one of numerous higher-profile attackers living up to expectations in Russia, instantly boosting his chances of a challenge for the tournament's top-scorer award:
The Group G favourites took their time to find their groove against a deeply sat Panamanian line-up, but Lukaku eventually found the touches he needed close to the enemy goal.

Despite his two strikes, however, this was very much a team performance Martinez could be proud of, and Fox Sports gave a look at Mertens' spectacular volleyed breakthrough soon after half-time (available only in the United States):
Mertens was one of those who impressed alongside De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, who laid on Lukaku for his second and was industrious throughout, with Panama simply outclassed in every facet.

The tests in Group G are going to get tougher from here on, but spirits will be high in Belgium after their opening victory, while long shots Panama will hope this proves to be by a distance their toughest test in the pool.

      

Granqvist Adds Gloss to Sweden's Fine Start

Sweden centre-back Granqvist continued to lead his side as a captain should and scored his fourth penalty in his last six competitive internationals, ensuring his team took maximum spoils in their Group F debut.
Janne Andersson's side were unfortunate not to leave the clash with a wider margin of victory in the end, but Granqvist's tidy finish from 12 yards was all that was required in the end, via Fox Soccer (for U.S. viewers):

ITV Football provided a look at the penalty for those in the UK:

Only four of Sweden's 15 shots found their way on target to indicate a big part of their problem, per WhoScored.com, while South Korea issue was more obvious, as they failed to land a shot on target in 90 minutes.
Swede No. 1 Robin Olsen had an easy day's work against a tame Korean attack, and football writer Paul Little didn't hold back in his assessment on the Asian challengers:

It was a messy and at-times stuttered clash, largely down to the disruption caused by the lack of discipline from both teams, per Squawka:
Sweden will know improvements are needed if they're to beat either Germany or Mexico, but Monday's curtain-raiser was an effective first test of the tournament.
We've almost seen every team at this World Cup in action now, with Tuesday announcing the arrival of Group H combatants Colombia, Japan, Senegal and Pot 1 seeds Poland.

Credits: BleachReports

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