Harry Kane heads England to 2-1 victory over Tunisia in a pulsating encounter

Harry Kane heads England to 2-1 victory over Tunisia in a pulsating encounter

Tottenham Horspur striker Harry Kane's late minute header was all that England needed to secure their first victory in their Group G opener against Tunisia.

The 24-year-old opened scoring for the Three Lions in the 11th minute through a simple tap in after John Stones header was saved by Mouez Hassen a moment before.

Minutes before they got their first goal, Gareth Southgate's men showed some flashes of brilliance in the first few minutes as they plotted to ambushed the Carthage Eagles earlier in the game.

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England took possession of the game after taking the lead but all of their efforts to increase their tally before the first half whistle would be blown proved unfruitful.

Instead, they were forced to make errors as Kyle Walker conceded a penalty after pushing Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the danger zone, as Ferjani Sassi stepped up to equalise for his side just 10 minutes before half time.

However, not only did Walker caused England to surrender their lead, Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan also issued him a warning card in the game.

The English national team came close to taking the lead for the second time in the first 45 minutes but a header from Dele Alli was cleared just as it is about to cross the goal line.

Moments later, Manchester City defender, Stones also had his chance to put his side ahead once again but missed the chance completely.

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Despite adding additional three minutes to the first half, the two teams found it difficult to break into their defences as the referee signaled as end of the first half.

On return to the pitch for the remainder of the game, the north African side looked like they were going to be the first African side to pick a point in this tournament.

After the likes of Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco had failed to score a goal talk-less of securing half point at the 2018 edition of the championship.

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But Gareth Southgate's men were resilient in search for the winner all through the second stanza with so much attack from the English side.

However, the Tunisians couldn't hold on to their point as they bowed to pressure in the extra minutes as Kane's 91st minute header separated the two sides at the end of the game.

Meanwhile, as it stands now, England are second on Group G table - though level on points with the group leaders, Belgium but are short on goals difference.

The Three Lions will now Panama in their next game as they hope to secure their qualification to the next stage in style.

While Belgium will also hope to compound Tunisia's woes when they meet five days from their first game.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Belgium got their campaign off on a winning note beating Panama 3-0 in Group G opener.

But the Belgians had to wait till the second half to get the three goals that condemned Panama to a defeat in what was the first ever meeting between these two sides.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard had a glorious chance to put Belgium ahead in the 10th minute, but his shot was parried away for a corner by Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

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