VOLGOGRAD: A stoppage-time header from two-goal Harry Kane gave England a 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.
A 35th minute Ferjani Sassi penalty had cancelled out Kane’s 11th minute opener.
After the break, England, who had wasted several good chances in the first half, struggled to break down the deep defending African side.
But from a Kieran Trippier corner, a glancing header from Harry Maguire found Kane at the back post and he nodded home to give England a winning start.
England’s new-look, younger squad started its 2018 World Cup with some positive momentum after a dramatic winner from Harry Kane.
England nearly scored in the opening minutes, beating Tunisia’s high line over the top with a direct ball from the back. After a sloppy attempt to clear out of the back, the ball eventually fell for Jesse Lingard, whose clean look from the center of the box was denied by a kick save from goalkeeper Moez Hassen.
The goalkeeper was called into action again on the ensuing sequence, launching himself to his right to deny a ball earmarked for the upper 90.
England maintained its pressure, and it got its deserved goal in the 11th minute. Off an Ashley Young corner kick, John Stones powered a header forward that Hassen pawed out of the goal. He put the rebound right on a platter for Kane, though, and the Tottenham striker didn’t miss from close range, giving England a 1-0 lead.
Things got worse for Tunisia, when Hassen had to exit with an apparent shoulder injury, suffered on a play earlier in the match. He was replaced by backup Farouk Ben Mustapha in the 15th minute.
England maintained control over the match but gifted Tunisia the opportunity to pull level in the 33rd minute. Kyle Walker delivered a needless elbow to the face of his mark, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, in the box, and he was whistled for the penalty. Sassi stepped up to the spot and converted, despite Jordan Pickford guessing correctly, giving Tunisia a shocking equaliser.