Kane leads England to knockout round with 6-1 win, eliminating Panama

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  • Sun, 06/24/2018 - 11:44
El delantero inglés Harry Kane celebra el 5-0 de penalti
  • El delantero inglés Harry Kane celebra el 5-0 de penalti
  • EFE

England forward Harry Kane scored a hat trick on Sunday to help his national team crush Panama 6-1 and secure a place the knockout round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, eliminating Panama from its first-ever World Cup.

England's lopsided victory highlights their potential for a strong run in the tournament, bouncing back from an out-of-sorts game against Tunisia that only ended in a 2-1 win thanks to Kane's last-minute efforts.

Kane is now the top scorer of the 2018 World Cup with five goals, one more than both Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Romelu Lukaku of Belgium.

Panama did little in the first half, managing only two attempts to score, while England started the show with an early goal from John Stones' accurate header just eight minutes into the match.

England was awarded a penalty 14 minutes later, which Kane successfully converted.

Jesse Lingard added the third goal in the 36th minute with a fantastic shot from outside the area, with the fourth goal from Stones just four minutes later.

In the last minute of the first half, Kane successfully converted another penalty to go to the break with a 5-0 lead.

Panama's objective was to die with dignity, without further shocks, and returned to the pitch looking to stop England from continuing to run up the score at all costs.

Although Panama managed to settle in the field and sometimes controlled the ball when England took a step back, the show continued with the sixth goal from Kane in the 62nd minute.

With about half an hour to go, Panama worked to score at least one face-saving goal, as Felipe Baloy inscribed his name in history after scoring his country's first World Cup goal just 12 minutes before the end of the match.

Felipe Baloy celebra la anotación
  Felipe Baloy celebra la anotación / EFE

After suffering a 3-0 defeat against Belgium on Monday, Panama has no chance of reaching the last 16 round, as it remains at the bottom of Group G with no points.

England leads the group with six points, ahead of second-placed Belgium on goal difference, and both teams will be fighting to win the group in their upcoming match on June 28.

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