MOSCOW: England shared top positions with Belgium in the Group G FIFA world cup by hammering Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday in one seemed to be a one-sided clash.
The match was won by Harry Kane’s hat trick, which helped him climb up to the top of the goal scoring chart. Kane, who has five goals to his credit, has outstripped Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, who scored four goals each.
However, the best player on the field was Jesse Lingard, who ran down Panama’s defence and continued to trouble them in spite of their robust rough play. This is England’s biggest win in World Cup finals. The other scorer for England was defender John Stones.
Panama, struggling to stay in the game, finally scored when mere 10 minutes were remaining in the game. They kept on trying till the last minute but it was England's game already.
It was the first-ever encounter between England and Panama. England have lost not a single game to teams from Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) since 1950.
Belgium will next take on England in their third and final group match on June 28 at the Kaliningrad Stadium. (With inputs from agencies)
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