18th June Fifa matches highlights :
- Sweden won 1-0
- Belgium defeated Panama 3-0
- England won late against Tunisia
Normal activity resumed on Monday in the world cup with the big boys all winning their respective matches. After a day of big upsets which saw Germany and Brazil being held, Sweden, Belgium and England all won their matches to bring some normality in the tournament. While Belgium coasted to an easy win, Sweden and England were made to work hard for their one goal margin victories.
In the 18th June Fifa matches, Korea against Sweden was a fiercely fought contest with only a penalty separating the two teams. South Korea surprised everyone with their resilience and resolute defending as Kim proved to be a rock in the Korean defence, clearing everything that the Swedish put in the box. With scores level after the first half, it was ultimately a Granqvist penalty that ensured Sweden pulled off a 1-0 win. VAR made the difference once again this world cup after it decided to give a penalty to Sweden, finding Kim guilty of fouling Claesson in the box. For the South Koreans much was expected from Tottenham star Son who failed to shine for his side.
“I’m still disappointed about my performance and feel very, very sorry for my teammates because if we don’t score, it’s my fault, because I need to take the responsibility,” Son said.
Match 1 of Group G saw world cup debutants Panama take on one of the most exciting and talented side in Belgium. Despite lacking the experience and players to trouble Belgium on such a big stage, Panama held their own in the first half as they looked to make a name for themselves. The likes of Hazard, Mertens, De Bruyne and Lukaku were all frustrated by a Panama side who had taken a leaf out of the books of Iceland and Switzerland. They sat back deep, seeing out wave after wave of Belgium attach and had the sporadic attack in them as well to ensure Belgium were left far from happy at the end of the 45. However Panama only had that much in their engines. Belgium’s class shined through in the end as De Bruyne and Hazard ran riot in the second half, setting up two goals for Lukaku which rounded of Mertens 47th minute opener to seal a 3-0 victory for the Belgians.
The only side to feature a playing 11 from their domestic league, England were made to work harder than they would have imagined for their three points. With many hopes pinned on this English side, supporters of the country filled the stadium as a huge wall of white cheered on their side against Tunisia in the last match of the day. With captain Harry Kane opening the scoring for England in the early minutes of the match it looked like it could be a long night for Tunisia. They were no push overs though as they dug in deep, reaping the rewards of their efforts after the eight penalty of this world cup was scored by Sassi. A famous goal for Tunisia gave them that extra lift as they pushed England the entire night, playing a physical game that troubled England. Heartbreak was around the corner for them though as they were struck by a Hurrikane. Kane scored his second of the night, finding the net after heading in a powerful header in the dying minutes of the game to ensure England were saved the blushes.
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