FIFA World Cup 6/24 Recap

Sunday was the final day of the second round of the group stage. Here’s what went down, and where things stand going forward.

England 6, Panama 1

  • Goals
    • England: Stones (8′), Kane (PK, 22′), Lingard (36′), Stones (40′), Kane (PK 45+1′), Kane (62′)
    • Panama: Baloy (78′)
  • Cards
    • England: Loftus-Cheek (Yellow, 24′)
    • Panama: Cooper (Yellow, 10′), Escobar (Yellow, 44′), Murillo (Yellow, 72′)
  • Suspensions
    • Panama’s Michael Murillo will miss the next match against Tunisia due to yellow card accumulation.
    • Panama’s Armando Cooper will miss the next match against Tunisia due to yellow card accumulation.

England absolutely dominated this one from the very beginning. They won the possession battle, and had five more shots on goal than the Panamanians. Harry Kane achieved a hat trick, two of which were off of penalty shots, to take the lead as the highest goal scorer in the World Cup so far. England was able to secure a spot in the knockout round with the victory, while Panama was officially eliminated from contention.

Japan 2, Senegal 2

  • Goals
    • Japan: Inui (34′), Honda (78′)
    • Senegal: Mané (11′), Wagué (71′)
  • Cards
    • Japan: Inui (Yellow, 68′), Hasebe (Yellow, 90+4′)
    • Senegal: Niang (Yellow, 59′), Sabaly (Yellow, 90′), N’Doye (Yellow, 90+1′)

It was an entertaining match, as Japan was able to answer both of Senegal’s goals to force a draw, keeping them both at the top of the group standings going into the final game. Possession was close to even, with Japan holding a slight edge, while Senegal was able to get six more shots off, and four more shots on target, than the Japanese. Both squads are in a good position to see themselves through to the knockout round.

Colombia 3, Poland 0

  • Goals
    • Colombia: Mina (40′), Falcao (70′), Cuadrado (75′)
    • Poland: N/A
  • Cards
    • Colombia: None
    • Poland: Bednarek (Yellow, 61′), Goralski (Yellow, 85′)

The stakes were high, as both teams knew that a loss would end their chances at winning the World Cup. It was a close first half, but Colombia scored right before the end to take a lead and momentum into the half. They were able to extend the lead twice halfway through the second half to ensure they stayed alive, while Poland learned their official fate in one of the more disappointing World Cup showings in recent history. Meanwhile, a win in their final group game will put Colombia in the knockout round.

Updated Standings from These Groups

Green: Clinched Spot in Round of 16

Red: Eliminated from World Cup Contention

Group G

  1. England – 6 points (GD: 6)
  2. Belgium – 6 points (GD: 6)
  3. Tunisia – 0 points (GD: -4)
  4. Panama – 0 points (GD: -8)

Group H

  1. Japan – 4 points (GD: 1)
  2. Senegal – 4 points (GD: 1)
  3. Colombia – 3 points (GD: 2)
  4. Poland – 0 points (GD: -4)

Matches on 6/25

Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt – Group A

Uruguay vs. Russia – Group A

Iran vs. Portugal – Group B

Spain vs. Morocco – Group B

Sam Smith

Sam has been with MSB since 2015. He covers stories ranging from all things Maryland to breaking national stories, specializing in the NFL, and college football and basketball. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he attends Southern Methodist University (SMU).

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