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19 Jun

4 Things We Learned As Tunisia Lose To England But Scores Africa’s First Goal

Several African hearts were broken when Harry Kane headed home to hand England victory over Tunisia in stoppage time.
Kane had opened the scoring in the early minutes of the game but his goal was cancelled by Farjani Sassi through the spot after Kyle Walker delivered a needless elbow to the face of his mark, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, in the box.
Here are 4 things we learned from the clash.
England’s experience trumped Tunisia’s lack of belief
As good as Tunisia were at times during the game, they didn’t go for the jugular at any point. It was easy to see Nabil Maaloul’s plan, stay in the game and pounce at the right moment, but they rarely posed threat offensively due to England’s professional organization.
They did not offer much of a threat after the interval and they were unable to ask questions of their opponents after drawing parity.
As a team built to defend stoutly and break quickly on the counter-attack, they failed to adjust when the scoreline forced a change in approach. Tunisia must improve if they are to go much further in the competition
Tunisia up against it with Belgium to come
The first game was always going to be crucial for both England and Tunisia, with the losers now staring elimination in the face-even after just 90 minutes of action.
That is because Belgium are up next for Nabil Maaloul’s charges, and failure to avoid defeat there would almost certainly spell the end. The Carthage Eagles are the tagged to be the surprise package of the group.
Progression to the last 16 was always a long shot, and defeat here means they will struggle to get out of the group.
Why did Sterling start?
Raheem Sterling is one of the most talented players in the Premier League; his ability is there for all to see.
The Manchester City man continues to frustrate though with brilliant displays mixed with worrying performances. In their game against Tunisia, it was the latter as he failed to make a meaningful impact in the game.
The pacey, tricky Sterling was a pale shadow of himself throughout the entire minutes he spent on the pitch till he was replaced by Marcus Rashford. If he was fit, then his performance was dismal and if he was injured, it raises even more questions as to why he remained in the game for so long.
Farjani Sassi scores Africa’s first goal
This is gradually becoming Africa’s worst World Cup performance in recent years.
All four African countries to have played have all lost their respective games but the continent can take delight for scoring the first goal thanks to Tunisia’s Farjani Sassi’s goal against England.
With the first goal arriving, the first African victory in the World Cup is imminent. Don’t you think so?
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