Tunisia score Africa’s first 2018 World Cup goal in loss to England
Unexpectedly, Tunisia’s head coach Nabil Maaloul started Mouez Hassen ahead of the more experienced Farouk Ben Mustapha and Aymen Mathlouthi. Hassen had a great start to the game as he saved Jesse Lingard’s shot in the third minute after Al Ahly left back Ali Maloul’s mistake.
The Carthage Eagles continued to suppress the Three Lions till the 11th minute when Hassen’s brilliant save was not enough to prevent Harry Kane from scoring the rebound. Unfortunately for the 23-year-old keeper, he was forced off due to an apparent shoulder injury and was replaced by Ben Mustapha.
However, all was not lost when Kyle Walker elbowed Fakhreddine Ben Youssef inside the box and Tunisia were awarded a penalty. Ferjani Sassi converted from the spot to score Tunisia’s and Africa’s first goal in the 2018 World Cup.
Just one minute before half-time, England had a great chance go begging as Lingard’s shot went past Ben Mustapha but hit the post and went wide.
The second half saw England dominate more than in the first half with 63 percent possession to Tunisia’s 37 percent. England’s dominance, however, did not translate to many good chances as the Three Lions had just two shots on target in the second half.
In the dying minutes of the match Tottenham striker Harry Kane completed his brace as he headed in England’s second goal to secure all three points.
The result puts England in second place with three points behind Belgium who won their match against Panama 3-0. Tunisia sit in third place while Panama round out Group G in fourth place. The Carthage Eagles will next face Belgium on June 23.
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