Victories for England and Belgium, but Sonny’s South Korea defeated
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A look at how Tottenham Hotspur’s players fared in Russia on day five of the 2018 World Cup
Spurs forward Harry Kane was the hero for England on a largely good day for some of Tottenham Hotspur’s players in day five of the 2018 World Cup.
The 24-year-old scored twice, including a last-gasp winner, to help guide the Three Lions to a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in Group G.
Kane found the net after 11 minutes when he tapped home after John Stones had been denied following an Ashley Young corner.
Spurs had three players start the game – Kane, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier – and all started impressively in Volgograd.
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After a string of missed opportunities, England were punished when ex-Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Walker caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef with an elbow inside the penalty area and referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot.
Ferjani Sassi equalised with 35 on the clock and for much of the second half it looked like Tunisia would frustrate Gareth Southgate’s team until Kane was in the right place at the right time to head home Harry Maguire’s flick following a Trippier corner.
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Eric Dier was introduced soon after the stoppage-time goal and played his part to help England see out the game and triumph 2-1.
The Three Lions are second in Group G, though, after Belgium won their opener with Panama in comfortable fashion.
Both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen started for the Red Devils, but were not required to do much with the minnows having very few chances.
Mousa Dembele was also called upon, off the bench for the final quarter of an hour, when Belgium were three goals to the good after Dries Mertins opener was followed by a Romelu Lukaku brace.
There was not such good news for Spurs team-mate Heung-min Son and his country South Korea after they were defeated in their opener.
In the Group F clash with Sweden, the 25-year-old attacker was left frustrated after VAR awarded the Swedes a second-half spot-kick which Andreas Granqvist tucked away for a 1-0 win.
Elsewhere, Davinson Sanchez gets his World Cup campaign underway later today when Colombia take on Japan at 1pm in Group H.