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FIFA World Cup 2018: Panama hit by Harrycane

AFP
Published : Jun 24, 2018, 11:39 pm IST
Updated : Jun 24, 2018, 11:39 pm IST

Captain Kane’s hat-trick takes England into knockouts.

Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring a penalty during their Group G match against Panama. (Photo: AFP)
 Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring a penalty during their Group G match against Panama. (Photo: AFP)

Nizhniy Novgorod: England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games.

A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane — which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals — two from John Stones, his first ever in an England shirt, and a beauty from Jesse Lingard completed the crushing victory.

The result also confirmed Belgium’s qualification for the knockout stage and means Panama exit the tournament alongside Tunisia.

The records tumbled for England on an easy afternoon by the River Volga. The rout was the first time England have scored more than four goals at a World Cup finals since winning the tournament in 1966.

It was the first time in England’s history they have managed five goals in a first half and Kane became the first England player to score a World Cup hat-trick since Gary Lineker in 1986.

It is also the first time they have qualified for the knockout stage since 2010, and the biggest victory so far at this tournament.

England took the lead in the eighth minute when John Stones powered home a header from a Kieran Trippier corner, held up by the referee because of wrestling and pushing by the Panamanians, something which was set to become a theme of the match.

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