World Cup: England Kick Off Campaign with Hard-Fought Victory
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - England snatched victory in the dying moments of their opening fixture against Tunisia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the Volgograd Arena.
Immediately establishing a firm hold on their encounter, Gareth Southgate's team created a series of excellent chances before Harry Kane scored the opener, reacting quickest to a rebound and slotting home from close range.
Nevertheless, the north Africans refused to lose heart after conceding or even when their goalkeeper Mouez Hassan was forced off through injury shortly afterwards. The Eagles of Carthage remained organised and disciplined, putting pressure on England all over the pitch and patiently waiting for an opening.
Their opportunity finally came when Kyle Walker committed a foul in the English penalty area, allowing Ferjani Sassi to level from the spot.
In the second half, Tunisia sat deep and hardly created any promising chances, but captain Kane stepped up to the plate, heading home his second of the match in additional time, again from close range, to save the day for the Three Lions.