Panama falls to Belgium in country's World Cup debut

Panama falls to Belgium in country's World Cup debut

Only two of England's starting XI - Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling - also started the first game of the last World Cup in Brazil, while Kyle Walker and Dele Alli made it four survivors from the Euro 2016 opener against Russian Federation.

Thibaut Courtois came to the rescue to keep Belgium ahead and while Panama remained a threat - undaunted by the occasion - the quality of the Red Devils showed.

Sweden-South Korea was full of starts and stops due to the game being filled with 43 fouls.

Later, Belgium endured a tough first half against debutants Panama before their class told in the shape of three sumptuous second-half goals. For a good few years now, it has been established that Belgium are a good side - teams knew that if you let them play, the Red Devils would probably win.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said he is concerned aggressive targeting of Eden Hazard by opposition defenders could lead to his side losing their captain and star player at the World Cup.

Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments. With the meeting with Panama looming, the Spaniard is set to be without Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen through injury.

Southgate said: "We're of course aware of the history of the city and the importance of that battle in the Second World War".

The Korean team relies on Tottenham forward Son Heung-min and hopes for a strong performance from 6-foot-6 striker Kim Shin-wook, who is nicknamed "Chinook" after the Boeing tandem-rotor helicopter.

England now stand with three points following a stunning last minute win against Tunisia.

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He added: "We will not change our match plan because if we are able to play out our ideas then we have players who can deliver". We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent.

Both teams feel they can do well in Group G, which includes Panama.

During England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia, midges descended on the Volgograd Arena.

With England having won only five of their opening matches in tournament football since 1950, the last win being in 2006, Kane has emphasised the importance of a winning start. Tunisia will pay $10 for the win.

"We are in form". We don't go out to injure anyone.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson said the penalty was "crystal-clear", adding: "We played the match way we had intended, but I'm a little unhappy with the chances we didn't put away".

"More importantly, I want to see them enjoying their football because when they do that, they can do anything on the pitch".

Panama did not even field a team for World Cup qualifying until the 1978 competition.

England is expected to win the match in Volgograd and the country does not want a winless repeat of 2014.

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