England run rampant in Russian Federation, netting 6 past Panama

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Gareth Southgate and John Stones both believe England should try to win their final World Cup Group G game against Belgium rather than seek a potentially smoother passage later in the competition.

"There was three or four goalscoring opportunities where we could have scored, but we didn't finish properly, and England came to our box seven times and scored six".

England was once again awarded a penalty due to a very blatant foul inside the penalty box during a corner.

The Panama fans roared with delight when 37-year-old substitute Felipe Baloy scored the Central American nation's first goal at a World Cup in the 78th minute.

All the neutral observes watching in Nizhny Novgorod were on Panama's side and could feel for them as they were simply trounced by a far superior opposition. That's the most for any goal in the World Cup since 1966, said data providers Opta. Kane headed it back across the face of goal to Sterling, whose header was superbly saved by Penedo.

With a negative statistic out of the way, let's go back to the positives.

Gareth Southgate's side were on course for a record-breaking victory.

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England are now above Belgium by virtue of having picked up fewer yellow cards than Roberto Martinez' side. "England is totally spectacular, a attractive team", said coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who went into the English changing room at halftime to congratulate Southgate. Stones was able to lose his marker to head home an easy goal after just eight minutes into the game.

Falcao had been expected to lead the team at the last World Cup in Brazil, but he injured his knee ahead of the tournament and missed Colombia's run to the quarterfinals.

For an attacker as talented as the 23-year-old his return at global level (two goals) is woefully inadequate.

"Not many players get to score a hat trick in a World Cup".

"First time in a long time since we've seen a hat-trick from an England player in the World Cup, absolutely delighted for Harry and the team", tweeted Hurst.

Should there be proof either side have tried to engineer their disciplinary records during Thursday's game in order to finish second in Group G, Federation Internationale de Football Association is poised to act.

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His performance was so impressive it even led Sweden's head coach Janne Andersson to call him " South Korea's best player today". South Korea must pick itself up to face a Mexico team high on confidence after its spectacular win over Germany.

Panama too had something to cheer in the dying minutes as they scored their first goal in the World Cup finals.

The veteran Honda became the top-scoring Asian player in World Cup history, netting his fourth goal in nine appearances.

Strangely, England had actually made a subdued and sloppy start before Stones powered in Kieran Trippier's corner to put them ahead.

England's players have clearly been made aware of the potential of set-piece strength at this World Cup, particularly in the context of the video assistant referee (VAR) and the potential for physical defending to be punished. "He's at the end of his career and he's going to retire from the national team, and God gave him the opportunity because of his professionalism to have this handsome goal".

In 1982, Hungary beat El Salvador 10-1; in 1974 Yugoslavia beat Congo 9-0 and in 1954, Hungary beat South Korea 9-0 as well. Lingard had a superb game, scoring a world-class goal and showing typically exquisite movement off the ball. In short, England never usually thrash minnows.

Image courtesy of England via Twitter, with thanks.

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