FIFA World Cup 2018 day five: Sweden, Belgium, England win three points

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Yesterday, day five of the 2018 FIFA football World Cup, Sweden defeated South Korea 1–0; Belgium defeated debutants Panama 3–0; and Tunisia lost 1–2 to England, with a late goal from English captain Harry Kane.

Group F — Sweden 1–0 Korea Republic

In the first game of the day, Sweden faced South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Sweden had higher ball possession in the game. Korea's Kim Shin-Wook was shown a yellow card early in the game. In the 20th minute, Marcus Berg missed a chance to put Sweden in the lead. Korea substituted Park Joo-Ho in the 28th minute of the game due to injury and was replaced by Kim Min-Woo. Despite their attempts, neither side could open the scoring in the first half as it ended 0–0.

In the second half, Hwang Hee-Chan was booked for a bad foul. In the 62nd minute Kim Min-Woo conceded a penalty which the match referee Joel Aguilar awarded Sweden after confirming with the video assistant referee. Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist scored from the penalty spot, putting Sweden 1–0 up. In the injury time, Hwang Hee-Chan's header went wide to the left, missing a chance to equalise for Korea. The match ended with Sweden winning three points.

Swedish captain Andreas Granqvist won the Budweiser Man of the Match award. This was Sweden's first victory in the opening match of the World Cup since 1958.

Group G — Belgium 3–0 Panama

In the first game of Group G, Belgium faced Panama at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Belgium had greater ball possession in the match. Belgium started the game with attacking style with Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco, and Dries Mertens making early attempts to put Belgium into the lead against debutants Panama. Dries Mertens's attempt in the 18th minute failed. The first half ended with 0–0 on the scoreboard.

Just two minutes in the second half, Dries Mertens scored a goal from a volley, putting the Belgians in the lead. Panama's attempt in the 54th minute, by Michael Murillo, was saved by Thibaut Courtois. In the 69th minute, Romelu Lukaku doubled the lead for Belgium, scoring a header from Kevin De Bruyne's assist. Six minutes later, Lukaku scored a third goal for Belgium, this time from Eden Hazard's assist. In the 90th minute, Belgium made a change, as Nacer Chadli replaced Axel Witsel. The second half ended with the Belgians winning three points.

Five Panamanian players were booked in the match. Lukaku won the Budweiser Man of the Match award. After the match, Hernan Dario Gomez, Panama coach, said, "I think we have learned a lot from today's game. It was a very emotional day. This is the fifth time I've been at a World Cup but it felt like the first. The team was still very emotional at the start of the match but as time went by, they were able to focus better."

Group G — Tunisia 1–2 England

In the last match of the day, Tunisia faced England at the Volgograd Arena. England had better ball possession in the game. England started the match with attacking style, with attempts from Jesse Lingard, Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, and John Stones early in the game. Then England opened the scoring, when Harry Kane scored a close-ranged shot. Four minutes later, Tunisia's goalkeeper Mouez Hassen was substituted off due to injury and replaced by Farouk Ben Mustapha. Tunisia won a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. English defender Kyle Walker was booked for his bad foul, and Ferjani Sassi scored from the penalty spot, equalising for the African side. The first half ended 1–1 on the scoreboard.

In the second half, both sides had attempts for goals, but none crossing the goal line. In the injury time, English captain Harry Kane scored a second goal as England won a corner kick. The match came to end with England winning 2–1 and collecting three points.

Harry Kane won the Budweiser Man of the Match award. He said, "In the first half it felt good out there. We could've scored two or three goals in the first half and put the game to bed early." After the match, Tunisia's coach Nabil Maaloul said, "We were playing against a highly-skilled and highly co-ordinated team in terms of their forward players. If we were to get a draw it would have been an excellent result for us. But hopefully this will lead to higher levels of concentration in the coming games."

Group F standings as of June 17

Country Played Won Draw Loss Goals
🇸🇪 Sweden 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
🇲🇽 Mexico 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
🇰🇷 South Korea 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
🇩🇪 Germany 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Group G standings as of June 18

Country Played Won Draw Loss Goals
🇧🇪 Belgium 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
England 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
🇹🇳 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
🇵🇦 Panama 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0

June 18, 2018
1500 MSK (UTC+0300)
Sweden 1–0 Korea Republic Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Attendance: 42,300
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Andreas Granqvist Scored after 65 minutes 65' (pen.)
Viktor Claesson Booked after 61 minutes 61'
(0–0) HT Kim Shin-Wook Booked after 12–13 minutes 12–13'
Hwang Hee-Chan Booked after 55 minutes 55'

June 18, 2018
1800 MSK (UTC+0300)
Belgium 3–0 Panama Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Attendance: 43,257
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Dries Mertens Scored after 47 minutes 47'
Romelu Lukaku Scored after 69 minutes 69'
Romelu Lukaku Scored after 75 minutes 75'
Thomas Meunier Booked after 14 minutes 14'
Jan Vertonghen Booked after 59 minutes 59'
Kevin De Bruyne Booked after 88 minutes 88'
(0–0) HT Erick Davis Booked after 18 minutes 18'
Edgar Bárcenas Booked after 45+2 minutes 45+2'
Armando Cooper Booked after 49 minutes 49'
Michael Murillo Booked after 51 minutes 51'
Aníbal Godoy Booked after 57 minutes 57'

June 18, 2018
2100 MSK (UTC+0300)
Tunisia 1–2 England Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia
Attendance: 41,064
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
Ferjani Sassi Scored after 35 minutes 35' (pen.) (1–1) HT Harry Kane Scored after 11 minutes 11'
Harry Kane Scored after 90+1 minutes 90+1'
Kyle Walker Booked after 33 minutes 33'


  • "Groups" — FIFA, June 18, 2018 (date of access)