England-Panama ends in record-breaking World Cup win for England
It’s the good news we’ve all been hoping for: 6 goals for England have taken fans by the storm yesterday, and who can blame us? England has now got two wins under its belt, meaning that it will now progress to the round of 16, and we must say that the nature of their victory exceeded everyone's expectations, as this is the first time England has scored over four goals in a World Cup match since the 1966 final against Germany!
Five of England’s goals were scored during the first half in what was called “a sparkling 45 minutes of sheer brilliance from start to finish”, as BBC expert Alan Shearer put it. The first goal was scored by John Stones in the eighth minute, the first international goal for this player. Harry Kane scored his hat-trick in the 62nd minute, whereas Jesse Lingard scored what was possibly the most spectacular and intelligent goals of the match in the 36th minute. Felipe Baloy then nailed Panama’s first World Cup goal during a much slower-paced second half.
Admittedly, Panama was a weak opponent for England, and we hope that the players’ elation won’t lead to a dangerous bout of overconfidence during their upcoming games against tougher opponents. England will play against Belgium on Thursday in Kaliningrad at 7pm BST, and the odds are slightly in favour of Belgium to win. Both England and Belgium have already qualified for the round of last 16, but Thursday’s game will serve to determine who shall make it to the top of Group G.
England vs Belgium World Cup odds at Bethard
England Win: 3.00
Belgium Win: 2.80
Harry Kane to win top goalscorer: 2.90
England’s opponents in the next stage depend on whether they finish first on second the group. If the match against Belgium ends in a draw, their positions may be determined according to their fair play points, which hinge on the number of cards they got. At the moment, Belgium have three yellow cards, while England have two.
If England finish first in Group G, they shall play against the runner-up of Group H on Monday 2nd July, whereas if they place second they’ll play on Tuesday 3rd July against the winner of Group H. This will likely be Senegal, whereas if they finish first it will likely be Colombia. Experts are saying that it might prove easier for England to place second, since they might then face Germany or Brazil during the quarter-finals, whereas finishing second will likely result in a match against Mexico or Serbia.
But the World Cup 2018 has already been so full of surprises that there’s really no way of knowing how far England will go. However, one thing is confirmed: England have qualified for the next stage, and that means that there's every reason to be optimistic!
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