The game on Monday saw a win in each of the match happened. A tournament that has seen quite a few teams sharing points, Monday was as exception. With the use technology in form of VAR(Video Assistant Referee), first match got the result. While other two had players rooting till the last minute.
Vital three points
Sweden secure what could prove to be a vital three points. Granqvist scored a penalty after the referee consulted VAR to pull playback for a foul inside the box. The goal came at a time when the South Koreans were beginning to take control of the game, which turned the tide in favor of the Swedes. South Korea dominated possession afterwards but lacked the cutting edge to really trouble Olsen in the Sweden goal. The packed Swedish defense proved more than difficult for the Koreans to beat. Further in the tournament, Sweden will face Germany, while South Korea face joint-group leaders Mexico.
Skipper on duty
England are off the mark with a victory thanks to their skipper Harry Kane. The striker notched a brace converting from two corners. The last one came in closing time as he guided a close-range past Farouk Ben Mustapha. It looked as though Tunisia had done enough to secure a point as midfielder Ferjani Sassi cancelled out Kane’s opener from the penalty spot. We had an added of four minutes in the game. The header by Kane in 91’ made sure that the three lions are going away with the points. Tunisian players were up to their game and equalizer for them was shot by Sassi in the 35’. However, the English, kept on pressing and found their goal to claim the win.
Table toppers for now
The current number three in FIFA rankings, Belgium surely lived upto the expectations. It took a while to get going, but a sublime, dipping volley by Mertens early into the second half settled the Belgium nerves. To make the results more comfortable Lukaku then grabbed two to make the score 3-0. Panama showed character and spirit, but lacked the quality to really trouble Belgium. In the latter half, Belgium allowed Panama to attack as the damage had been done. In the end, it was a case of job done for Martinez’s side, but they didn’t look at their best, certainly in the first half. However, they’ll be more than happy with the result ahead of their next game against Tunisia.