England vs Tunisia Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018: England began their journey in Russia with a labouring 2-1 win over Tunisia in Group G. With the win, England join Belgium with all three points but stand second with an inferior goal difference. Harry Kane scored goals on either side of half time in his World Cup debut while wearing the captain’s armband. Sassi had equalised for Tunisia ten minutes before half time.
England vs Tunisia Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018 Score and Updates
England beat Tunisia 2-1 to start off the World Cup with all three points. They've looked flat in the second half but it is small moments that count and what has separated them from wins and titles in the past. Today, they've found that little edge. Or Harry Kane did. Commendable effort by Tunisia and they would surely be disappointed with that lax defending right at the death.
GOAL!! ENGLAND 2-1!
ENGLAND SCORE! GOAL IN STOPPAGE TIME AND HARRY KANE WITH THE WINNER (probably)! Kieran Trippier with the corner, Harry Maguire rises highest and the ball comes to Harry Kane at the far post who uses every inch of power in his neck muscles to head the ball at the near post. Seconds left in four minutes added on
Loftus-Cheek once again! Cleverly opens up his body to take the ball into his path. Finds half a yard of space but runs out of room in the end. Tame effort and straight at the keeper
Loftus-Cheek getting properly involved in almost every attack now. Things channeling from the right hand side. The cutback into the area doesn't find an England shirt and is eventually cleared away
Young free kick
England earn a free kick with almost ten minutes to play. Ashley Young stands over it. Can he be the difference maker? Nope. It curls alright, beats the wall but is always going over
First it was Trippier's kick that was wide and then a top defending from Youssef which keeps Kane away. Tunisia keeping it tight here
Tunisia keep England at bay
England have created chances so far but there hasn't been the breakout strike. Corner to them. There is a lot of people fighting so the referee asks everyone to stop it. Corner is over the line. Maguire heads it. Kane keeps it in but Tunisia clear
The corner is sent in by Trippier and Kane is there in the box but he has been, well, brought down. Maguire heads but that is saved. Kane incident was ignored by the referee
Players are back on the field. Tunisia get the second half underway! England 1-1 Tunisia in the Grup G match. 45 minutes more to find winner
First African goal
Tunisia have become the first country from Africa to score at this World Cup! Nigeria did not score against Croatia. Tunisia will like to add more to this score
HALF-TIME! Tunisia 1-1 England
England began with so much energy! They scored the goal in the 11th minute and created so many chances. They failed to convert them. Then there was a moment of madness from Walker and Tunisia got the penalty. Sassi equalised and brought Tunisia back. The scoreline is still 1-1.
Lingard hits post
Trippier with the ball again he has sent it to Lingard on the right side. He is on-side and gets a deft touch over the goalkeeper who is out of the goal. It goes slowly and hits the post and a goal-kick for Tunisia!
Trippier with another free-kick which is into the Tunisia box. Maguire has the ball he gives it to Lingard. He takes a powerful shot but it is deflected
WHAT A MISS! A free kick for England towards the left corner. It's a kick towards the far post. Maguire heads it to keep it away but he has collided with the goalkeeper and the ball is going to drop on the line. A defender heads it out just in time. It has somehow gone past Lingard and Stones has the ball. He should score from here but has mistimed his kick.
GOAL! Tunisia 1-1 England
GOAL FOR TUNISIA AND THEY ARE LEVEL WITH ENGLAND! Sassi converts the penalty. Pickford went the right way but it was too quick.
Walker fouls inside the box. TUNISIA HAVE A PENALTY! What a moment of madness from Walker as he brings down Youssef inside the box. Can Tunisia equalise?
Tunisia alive again
Tunisia looking better in the attack now. Maguire had the ball needed to pass it to Khazri but has missed that. But Tunisia have the ball and they were inside the England area which had the defence panicking. Ball comes to Sassi and he has to take the shot. His shot is off and is deflected. Corner gives Tunisia nothing
Ashley Young with a run on the left and he sends in a cross. England have attackers on the far post and Jesse Lingard get the ball. He needed to tap it in but his finish has gone wide. Should have made it 2-0
Corner for Tunisia
Tunisia earn their first corner after a good run. But the kick was aiming for the last player in the line. Goes over everyone and the following one is over the goal
Tunisia goalkeeper Hassen is down on the pitch! He is clutching to the his left shoulder. Doesn't look good. And he will go off the field. Farouk Ben Mustapha is the new keeper for Tunisia
GOAL! England 1-0 Tunisia
HARRY KANE SCORES IN 11TH MINUTE! Ashley Young with the corner kick and it's a brilliant header from Jones Stones. He rises above the defence line. Hassen with an equally brilliant save! But his save has gone to Harry Kane and he puts it in.
Tunisia all over the place
England have been all over Tunisia and they are attacking the goal again. Tunisia defence is not to be seen. Corner for England
Henderson with a good ball which is with Alli after faking the Tunisia defence. Top ball this. Alli looks to his right and he has Sterling coming into the box but the pass in intercepted. Alli has the ball again and it's with Lingard. He takes the shot but saved brilliantly by Hassen! What were Tunisia doing there
England begin the match. They are in all reds while Tunisia are playing in all whites. Both teams will like to begin with a win, but England favourites
The two teams are out on the field for the national anthems! The players have walked out and we will have the England anthem first followed by Tunisia
England will play an attack-minded midfield in their World Cup Group G opening match against Tunisia on Monday after manager Gareth Southgate included Jesse Lingard in the starting lineup. Southgate chose Jordan Henderson as the solitary England enforcer in the middle of the pitch and left Eric Dier on the bench, as widely expected. Harry Maguire was given the nod as part of England's central back three alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker, leaving experienced defender Gary Cahill on the bench.
Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul selected striker Wahbi Khazri for his first match since April after an injury and wingback Ali Maaloul also plays despite picking up a muscle strain in a friendly against Spain earlier this month. Mouez Hassen, who is French-born but recently elected to play for Tunisia, was picked in goal over veteran keeper Aymen Mathlouthi. (Reuters)
Playing XI for Tunisia
Tunisia Starting XI: Hassen, S Youssef, Meriah, Bronn, Maaloul, Badri, Sassi, Skhiri, F Youssef, Khazri, Sliti
Playing XI for England
England Starting XI: Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young, Dele Alli
England vs Tunisia -- Live!
England are beginning their World Cup campaign on Monday! They are facing Tunisia in a Group G encounter which will be the first for both the teams.