France 1-0 Belgium: Umtiti’s header breaks Belgians in smash-and-grab victory

France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

France are through to the 2018 World Cup final after a 1-0 victory over Belgium in a tense semi-final encounter in St Petersburg. Both sides fashioned great chances, although the deadlock was finally broken after the interval where Samuel Umtiti leaped above Marouane Fellaini from a corner before heading beyond Thibaut Courtois at the near post.

In a real battle, Les Bleus came out on top and have plenty of players to thank – namely the goalscorer, his centre-back partner Raphael Varane for immense displays at the back, as well as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for a string of impressive saves to keep the scores goalless in the first-half.   Continue reading

England 6-1 Panama: Clinical Lions record biggest ever World Cup win

 

June 24, 2018 - Nijni Novogorod, Vazio, Russia - Jesse Lingard scores goal during World Cup 2018 England vs Panama valid for the 2nd round of Group G held at the Níjni Novgorod…

Despite an early scare, England racked up the goals in a 6-1 thrashing over Panama – sealing their place in the last-16 while simultaneously sending the south Americans home. 

Harry Kane netted a hat-trick, there were two for a surprise goalscorer while Jesse Lingard also got on the scoresheet. All eyes are focused toward Belgium next week, with top spot in Group B still up for grabs. Continue reading