By Chux Odoh
England captain Harry Kane inspired the Three Lions today with a hat-trick as they pummelled lowly rated Panama by a resounding 6 goals to 1 result in their second round of matches in Group G.
The English side were clear favourites to win the game with world cup debutants Panama standing no chance against the European giants with quality players such as H Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and a host of other stars.
The rain of goals began as early as the 8th minute after Kieran Trippier from England swung in the ball from a corner kick which was connected by John Stones.
On the 22 minute, it was Harry Kane’s turn to score his first goal in the game which he did from the penalty spot after Panama’s Fidel Escobar was penalized for pushing Jesse Lingard. The strike smashed the ball to the right side of the goal with the keeper being able to do anything about it.
England continued to dominate possession of the ball and were gifted their 3rd goal in the 36th minute after Manchester United player Jesse Lingard fired from outside the box to beats the Panamanian goalkeeper.
John Stones continued with his near-perfect first half as again, headed in his second of the game in the 40th minute after capitalizing on a loose ball to get the 4th goal for the English side. Harry Kane complete the first half mauling with his second goal of the game in the 45th minute when he converted again from the penalty spot after he was pushed down in the box by Anibal Godoy.
The second half began with the game practically beyond the Panamanians and it was Kane again who stuck out a foot to redirected the ball to the goal in the 62nd minute as England took their tally to 6 in the game.
Panama, however, had a moment of history for themselves in the 78th minute when Felipe Baloy slid in to connect from a freekick to score Panama’s first ever world cup goal which sent the players and Panamanian fans in the stands into a celebratory mood.
With this result, England now goes top of the group with 6 points, tied with Belguim on points and goal difference. Both teams have qualified for the second round but will go against each other for the battle of who tops the group. Harry Kane also now leads the tournament’s scorers chart with 5 goals ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku who both have 4 goals.
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