World Cup 2018: England v Panama

Gareth Southgate's side can join Belgium in the last-16 with victory in Nizhny Novgorod

Patrick Madden Sun, Jun 24
 
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  • Good afternoon!

    Welcome to our coverage of England's second World Cup clash against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod (kick-off 1.0).

    One game down, three points on the board and one win away from a place in the last-16 - things must be pretty rosy in the England camp?

    Well, they were. Gareth Southgate's side were enjoying a relatively scandal-free tournament, until the English hacks got their hands on a photograph of what was believed to be a teamsheet for today's game.

    The England boss took umbrage with the nation's media for circlulating the image, suggesting they were helping the opposition. The press then took issue with Southgate taking issue, and wailed as though they were delivering a vital public service rather than just trying to sell newspapers.

    Ultimately, both ended up looking a bit silly. But there was a rapprochement on Friday - and with Southgate-teamsheetgate put to bed the Three Lions can now concentrate on crushing the Central American might of Panama.

    We'll be bringing you all of the action from Nizhny Novgorod - so whether you're basking in the sun or stuck indoors, enjoy!

    Come on!!!

  • TEAM NEWS:


    England (3-5-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Henderson, Young; Loftus-Cheek, Lingard; Sterling; Kane.


    Panama (4-5-1): Penedo; Murillo, R Torres, Escobar, Davis; Barcenas, Cooper, Gomez, Godoy, J Rodriguez; Perez.


    Referee: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)

  • Curveball from 'Gate. Despite what was written on Steve Holland's infamous piece of paper Raheem Sterling does start, meaning the electric Marcus Rashford is confined to the bench. Just the one change for England from their opening clash - Ruben Loftus-Cheek replacing Dele Alli. Panama, meanwhile, are unchanged.
  • England started very brightly in their opener against Tunisia and missed a rake of chances - the type Belgium took with aplomb yesterday. At 1-1 the African side spent the second half clinging on grimly for a draw with everyone behind the ball - but at the death England broke them down through Harry Kane.

    Despite the 2-1 win many people framed the Tunisia performance as a return to the stale tournament football England have served up for a generation - rather than giving an inexperienced side credit for winning a game previous sides would have drawn.  

    For all the talk about this England side being likeable, there are still plenty of people who are desperate to see them fail.

  • It's a scorcher in Nizhny - 30 degrees - but there won't be any water breaks.
  • 15 mins until kick-off!
  • You can get to know more about Panama via our team guide HERE.

    They're skippered by the colossal Diego Torres - the heaviest player at this summer's World Cup. He scored the goal which propelled Panama to their first ever finals appearance - making him the nation's second favourite son, after the great Roberto Duran. Score against England and he'll be punching for top spot.

  • The teams are in the tunnel in Nizhny!
  • The Hymn of the Isthmus (that's the Panamanian national anthem to me and you) is sang with gusto - Anibal Godoy the only one reduced to tears.
  • Today's ref is Ghead Grisha from Egypt.

    BEEEEEEEEEEEP!

  • 1 min: England in white today and they have early ownership of the ball with every red Panama shirt sitting in. Good show of pace from Loftus-Cheek down the right and he cuts the ball back towards Lingard. There's a break in play after Lingard gets a sly elbow off Gomez while challenging for the second ball.
  • 3 min: Free-kick for Panama out on the left - Henderson urged to calm down by the ref. Kane heads the set-piece away and Barcenas follows up with a volley well over the bar.
  • 5 min: Warning for England after they give the ball away. Panama break quickly and it's squared to Godoy but he horribly skews his left-footed shot. That was a chance.
  • 6 min: Sprightly start from Panama, the nippy Rodriguez drawing a foul from Loftus-Cheek on the right.
  • 7 min: Tripper chases a ball from Walker down the right and does well to win a corner kick. Maguire is manhandled by Gomez in the box.
  • GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!

    ENGLAND 1 PANAMA 0 (STONES 8 MIN)

  • While Maguire is being wrestled, Stones is able to ghost towards the penalty spot and bullet a low header into the bottom left corner after a fine delivery from Trippier. Brilliant header, brilliant start for England.

    10 MIN: ENGLAND 1 PANAMA 0

  • 10 min: Horrible hack on Lingard on halfway - Cooper getting a deserved booking.
  • 11 min: Good burst by Barcenas down the right and Walker makes a vital intervention sliding in. And then Rodriguez speeds down the left - glimpses from Panama.
  • 13 min: Kane chases one down the middle but goalkeeper Penedo gets there first.
  • 15 min: Murillo is fenced in by Lingard and Young on the right but does well to turn them both and play it inside for Barcenas, who curls a left-footed effort just beyond the far post. Pickford was at full stretch.
  • 16 min: Big Roman Torres is rolling around in a heap after clearing the ball ahead of Sterling - nothing in it.
  • 19 min: England on the ball but Panama are pressing well and Walker tries to switch the play to Trippier who'd made a good run on the right.  
  • PENALTY TO ENGLAND!!!!!
  • 20 min: Great run from Lingard into the box and he's crudely bundled over by Escobar and Torres. Don't dive in, lads! They check with VAR for an offside but Lingard held his run to perfection.

    Harry Kane to take...

  • GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!

    ENGLAND 2 PANAMA 0 (KANE 22 MIN)

  • Panama do their best to put him off, but Kane steps up and absolutely thrashes the ball into the top left hand corner. Great penno.

    23 MIN: ENGLAND 2 PANAMA 0

  • 26 min: Loftus-Cheek has been booked - unsure why. Plenty of niggle off the ball, Panama relying on the dark arts to try and stay competitive.
  • 29 min: Good build-up from Panama and it's worked to Rodriguez on the left, but his final ball is poor and he sends a cross-come-shot miles over.
  • 30 MIN: ENGLAND 2 PANAMA 0
  • 31 min: Good little turn of pace from Sterling and he's bundled over. Trippier is over the free-kick in the inside-right channel. It's drifted towards Maguire who peels off at the back post, his header is beyond the 'keeper but lands on the roof of the net.
  • 34 min: Unsurprisingly steady pace to this now, England have taken the sting out of it.
  • GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

    ENGLAND 3 PANAMA 0 (LINGARD 36 MIN)

  • Now that is a serious, serious goal. Patient build-up from England and Lingard finds Sterling down the inside left channel. Sterling turns inside and plays it back to Lingard, who takes a touch and curls a fantastic effort into the top right corner. Reminiscent of his effort for Manchester United against Everton last season.

    38 MIN: ENGLAND 3 PANAMA 0

  • GOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!

    ENGLAND 4 PANAMA 0 (STONES 40 MIN)

  • England have a free-kick 35 yards from goal, Trippier over it after a brief team meeting. He plays it to Henderson on the edge who curls a ball round the corner to the back post. Kane heads it across goal to Sterling - his effort is saved but Stones heads in the rebound at the backpost.

    41 MIN: ENGLAND 4 PANAMA 0

  • 42 min: Good burst from Loftus-Cheek down the right and England work it well, Sterling sliding in Lingard whose shot is deflected behind for a corner.  
  • PENALTY TO ENGLAND!!!!
  • 43 min: Godoy is rugby tackling Kane in the box and gets pinged for it.

    Kane to take - should give it to Stones.

  • GOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!

    ENGLAND 5 PANAMA 0 (KANE 45 MIN)

  • Kane hits the top left corner again, another great pen.

    46 MIN: ENGLAND 5 PANAMA 0

  • HT: ENGLAND 5 PANAMA 0
  • Half-time hot take - Panama are not very good, England are quite good.
  • The teams are back out for the second half, and we're back underway!
  • 46 min: No changes for England at half-time. Patient build-up from England and Kane is played in beyond Torres but runs it wide and is forced to check back.
  • 48 min: England lose the ball on halfway and Panama use the space well, spreading it out to Barcenas. He dithers in possession and his ball into the box is well read and cleared. Long ball over the top for Sterling to chase - Penedo off his line quickly.
  • 50 MIN: ENGLAND 5 PANAMA 0
  • 51 min: Walker clears up well at the back but then concedes a corner after trying to cut back inside. Rodriguez swings it in and it's flicked on at the near post but England head it away.
  • 53 min: Loftus-Cheek bursts into the box but he can't get past Escobar. Corner kick - which is ominous for Panama given how potent England have been from set pieces. This time, however, they survive.
  • 55 min: Panama still packing every man behind the ball - England patient in possession.
  • 57 min: Kane doesn't see a great run from Young on the left, instead looking for Trippier on the right, who's caught offside. Sedate pace to the second half.
  • 60 MIN: ENGLAND 5 PANAMA 0
  • GOOOAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!

    61 MIN: ENGLAND 6 PANAMA 0 (KANE 62 MIN)

  • Great ball from Walker to Loftus-Cheek. He cuts inside and shoots - the ball deflects off Kane and into the far corner. What a way to get your hat-trick.

    Captain Kane's work is done - he's replaced by Jamie Vardy - while Fabian Delph comes on for the excellent Lingard.

    64 MIN: ENGLAND 6 PANAMA 0

  • 65 min: That's Panama's best chance. Murillo makes an excellent run and he's threaded through by Barcenas. Pickford comes off his line on the angle and Murillo's dinked finish is cleared off the line.
  • 68 min: A couple of changes for Panama - Baloy and Arroyo on for Barcenas and Gomez.

    Final change for England - Danny Rose replaces Trippier.

  • 70 MIN: ENGLAND 6 PANAMA 0
  • 72 min: Murillo pulls back Sterling and gets a booking for his troubles. Young to take the free-kick from the left. Maguire heads it back across goal and Henderson can't steer his volley from the edge on target.
  • 74 min: Slightly nervy moment as Pickford comes off his line to clear up a long ball - and suspicion of a handball - but any danger is quickly averted.  
  • 76 min: What a chance for Panama! A corner from the right is flicked to Torres at the back post and he pulls a simple opportunity wide.  
  • GOOOAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!

    ENGLAND 6 PANAMA 1 (BALOY 78 MIN)

  • Free-kick for Panama from the left and the unmarked Baloy stabs it home first time from the edge of the box. Sloppy from England - Young and Maguire played everyone onside. The Panama fans go bonkers - fair play to them.

    80 MIN: ENGLAND 6 PANAMA 1

  • 81 min: Sterling carries and tries to whip one into the far corner - doesn't quite get his foot round it.
  • 85 min: Panama are plugging away and enjoying a bit of possession in the England half. They have a free-kick in the inside left channel which Murillo swings towards the box but it's comfortably cleared.
  • 87 min: The ball is clipped over the top for Perez - who's had a very quiet game. There's no flag but he's run very wide and has to turn back out.

    Rodriguez knocks the ball past Walker and loops round to run onto it but Pickford reacts well.

  • 90 min: Young fizzes a free-kick in from wide on the left and it nearly falls for Stones - who's on a hat-trick. However, it scoots through to the grateful Penedo.

    There'll be four minutes added time.

  • 93 min: Panama on the ball as the game winds down.
  • FT: ENGLAND 6 PANAMA 1  
  • England - and Belgium - are through to the last-16 of the World Cup.

    Both teams have identical records, having scored eight and conceded two.  

  • Right, thanks for joining today! A job well done for England. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!