Milton Mashasha Sports Reporter.
(News of The South)John Stones and Jesse Lingard dazzled at Nizhny Novgorod stadium as Harry Kane’s hat-trick led England’s unceremonious 6-1 thumping of minors Panama on Sunday.
It took only 8 minutes for the 3 Lions to open the scoring flood gates through their reliable center back John Stones from a brilliant corner kick by Kieran Tripper.Stones shrugged off his marker heading home from close range to beat Penedo in goals for Panama.
After that 1-0 lead England kept on mounting pressure and it paid off in the 22rd minute when they were awarded a penalty.The Manchester United star Jesse Lingard was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.Up stepped the England Skipper Harry Kane to convert the spot kick doubling the 3 Lions lead.
A good built up in the 36th minute between Ashley Young and Reheem Sterling with a glimpse of an eye the ball was laid to Jesse Lingard who took few steps before curling the ball home to beat the Panama goalkeeper Penedo to make it 3-0 for England.
Four minutes later England were back again,it was John Stones to record his second goal of the day.
The 3 Lions got a set piece which was cleverly laid to Jordan Henderson who then curled the ball to the back post where there was Harry Kane to nod on with Sterling missing a glorious chance as Penedo tried to make a save but John Stones was there to burry home making it 4-0 in the 40th minute.
Southgate’s men got a corner kick in the 45th minute,during the scuffle when the corner was taken the Panama player Godoy pulled down Kane in the crowded 18 yard box and England were awarded a penalty,the second penalty of the match for the 3 Lions,Harry Kane held his nerve and converted the spot kick.
It was 5-0 at the stroke of half time.England outclassed Panama by all standards.For Panama it was just a pathetic show in the first half although they exhibited a few meaning full counter attacks here and there.
Harry Kane completed his treble in the 62rd minute after a Loftus-Cheek ferocious shot towards goal took a deflection off Harry Kane and sent Penedo the wrong way.Immediately after the goal Kane was substituted and in came the Leicester City lethal striker Jamie Vardy.
In the 70th minute Southgate then brought in Rose for Tripper.Panama got their consolation but important historic goal in the 78th minute through Baloy.A freekick was whipped in and Baloy fully stretched out to divert the ball home beating badly positioned Jordan Pickford in goals for England.
It was their first ever goal in the World cup.This was also evident by the wild celebrations made by the Panama fans as if they had won the World cup.It was an emphatic result for the Three Lions.They have since qualified for the last 16 with Tunisia and Panama both out of the World soccer tournament currently under way in Russia.
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