Sweden 1 – South Korea 0

Sweden took on South Korea in the 2nd game of Group F on Day 5. This match demonstrated how influential VAR is and what it looks like when it is used correctly. Sweden was on top with shots and shots on target but the deciding factor was a penalty awarded through the VAR. In the 63rd minute Granqvist scores on the resulting penalty that was awarded.

In the end, the penalty goal from Sweden was enough to take the win against South Korea. The three points will help Sweden as they look to find a spot in the Round of 16.

Next up, South Korea takes on Mexico while Sweden is up against Germany next Saturday.

Belguim 3 – Panama 0

Group G started out with Belguim playing against Panama. The first half started off as the two teams were working on finding their footing and getting into the tournament. The opening goal of the match by Mertens in the 47th minute was a sensational volley into the net from the edge of the box.

Belguim was able to continue their pressure and add to their lead when Kevin de Bryune delivered and outside of the foot cross into Lukaku, who headed the ball into the net in the 69th minute.

Lukaku collected his brace just five minutes after netting his first when Hazard played a through ball and sent him onto a breakaway He slotted the ball into the bottom right corner in the 74th minute.

Panama was unable to put one into the Belguim’s net resulting in the match ending in a 3-0 win for the red devils.

Next up, Belguim is up against Tunisia on Saturday while Panama is playing England on Sunday.

England 2  Tunisia 1

England really puts their fans on a rollercoaster of emotions as they kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia.

The Three Lions got off to an extremely hot start, with both Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling both missing key chances within the opening 10 minutes.

However, it wasn’t long after that captain Harry Kane got his country on the scoreboard. After Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassen made a fantastic goal line save off the head of England defender John Stones, captain Kane was there to slot home the rebound.

Shortly after, Hassen was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Farouk Ben Mustapha. He was shown later on the bench wearing a sling.

20 minutes later, Kyle Walker collided with a Tunisian forward in the England box. The referee called a penalty. It was very much an avoidable play by the Manchester City defender and he was booked for the incident.

Ferjani Sassi would step up and shot the ball just passed a diving Jordan Pickford to tie the game up at 1-1.

England would come close just before the halftime break when Jesse Lingard’s tip bounced off the post.

The European side pressed and pressed but couldn’t get anything passed Ben Mustapha – at least until the 91st minute, when Kane did what Kane does best.

A corner from Kieran Tripper met the head off Harry Maguire. The header was flicked onto a wide open Kane on the back post who made no mistake.

Despite the scoreline being so close, England had a fairly solid game. If it wasn’t for a bonehead mistake by Walker they probably would’ve walked away with a clean sheet. They’ll need to work on putting home their chances but they’ll have to chance to do that on Sunday against Panama.

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