Tunisia 1 – 2 England – England’s captain Harry Kane scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as England battled to victory over Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup.
Kane nodded home from close range in the 91st minute following Harry Maguire’s flick-on from a corner, adding to his opportunistic finish in the first half in Volgograd.
Manager Gareth Southgate has instilled a feel-good factor in the side since taking over in November 2016 and England’s youngest team at a World Cup since 1958 showed flashes of thrilling attacking football, although poor finishing almost proved costly.
Their speed caused Tunisia plenty of problems as Jesse Lingard had a close-range shot brilliantly saved by Mouez Hassen and Raheem Sterling scuffed a shot wide in the first five minutes.
England made a deserved breakthrough in the 11th minute through Kane after Hassen brilliantly kept out John Stones’ header.
Despite being on the back foot, Tunisia equalised through Ferjani Sassi’s penalty after Kyle Walker was adjudged to have elbowed Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.
Hassen suffered an injury and was replaced by Farouk Ben Mustapha, who saved well to keep out a Maguire header, while Dele Alli headed against the crossbar and Lingard poked a shot on to a post.
England play Panama, who were beaten 3-0 by Belgium in their opener, in their next Group G game on Sunday.
Tunisia 1 – 2 England | FIFA World Cup – Match Highlights
- 11′ 0 – 1 Harry Kane slots home to give England lead as he taps in rebound from Stones header. Harry Kane scores! Totally deserved! John Stones is left utterly free from an Ashley Young corner, Mouez Hassen makes a wonderful one-handed save but Harry Kane is free to lash in from close range! His first goal in a tournament and he has now scored in every game he has started as captain! That was very close to being over the line from Stones’ original header…
- 35′ 1 – 1 [Penalty Goal] Ferjani Sassi pulls Tunisia level from the penalty spot. Sassi converts Walker’s conceded penalty. Ferjani Sassi scores! Excellent penalty. One step from Ferjani Sassi and he finds the side-netting. Penalty to Tunisia after Kyle Walker catches his man with an arm, it looks fairly nonchalant but the spot-kick is given and Walker is booked!
- 90+1′ 1 – 2 Harry Kane secures dramatic win. He’s hardly touched the ball apart from scoring twice but Harry Kane will take that! He takes his second goal of the night – both from corners – really well. Harry Magurie nods the ball on, Kane has lost his marker with some smart movement and then with some awesome neck muscles flicks the ball in with a powerful header.