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TUN vs ENG Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
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PEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! ENGLAND HAVE SNEAKED IN THROUGH THE BACK DOOR. The Tunisians rest with their long faces and they'd feel hard done by that. Late late heartbreak for yet another African team. But England truly deserved the win and they looked fresh throughout the length of the 90 minutes.

Tunisia 1-2 England at Full Time.

That's that from the yap centre. Hope y'all had a ball. I did. 

Amit Mishra is back in the room with "It's coming home, lads."

93' Badri finds some space on the left wing near the corner flag but Hendo barges in and shepherds the ball out for a goalkick. What a performance this has been from the England captain.
92' Substitution for England.

Jesse Lingard off. Eric Dier on. 
90' Trippier swings it in. Maguire flicks it on and Harry Kane steers it in! OH YEAAAAAAAH! HURRICANE STRIKES, of course HE DOES. What a deflating moment for the Tunisians but what a wonderful moment for these English youngsters who really did work their rears off tonight.
90' Corner for England as Loftus Cheek pressures Maaloul into conceding a corner. Could this be it?
88' Loftus Cheek has been turning it on ever since he came on and he once again swivels into space but he gets a bit overexcited and runs the ball past the byline and out for a goalkick.
87' Walker plays a delightful through ball for Trippier on the right flank and the Spurs wing back cuts it back and Rashford lets it run for Lingard but the ball is intercepted before Lingard could put his boot through it. Another 'almost' attack from England.
86' His freekick does not carry enough weight and the defenders see it clear. 
85' England have a freekick on the right flank and Trippier will take it.
84' Substitution for Tunisia.

Khazri off. Khalifa on.
83' Young feeds Rashford on the left flank and the Manchested United youngster almost swivels past Bronn and into the box but somehow the Tunisians put a foot in there and cons ede a corner. Young lifts the ball into the box and Mustapha comes out and punches it clear but Stones catches him and Tunisia have a freekick. Mustapha is in pain. It's not a healthy day for Tunisian goalkeepers. I'll say that much.
81' Young plays it in but Tunisia see it clear and they win a throw-in after dispossessing Loftus-Cheek.
80' England have a freekick near the left flank, 40 odd yards away and Ashley Young will serve it into the box.
79' Substitution for England.

Dele Alli off. Loftus-Cheek on.
78' Ashley Young puts it over the crossbar and beyond the advertisement hoardings. Sigh.
77' England have a freekick right outside the box as Dele Allis brought down by Bronn. Lingard was also knocked over but the referee blows his whistle for the infringement involving Alli. 20 yards out. Looks like Ashley Young will take it.
76' Trippier makes a telling turn and lays the ball off to Rashford who has the beating of Maaloul more than once but he has to play it back to edge of the area for Hendo. Hendo then crosses it beyond the far post and Kane tries to cut it back but the Tunisians play it clear.
74' Walker plays a speculative ball into the box and it meets absolutely nobody and Tunisia have a goalkick.
72' Substitution for Tunisia.

Sliti off. Ben Amor on.
71' Ben Youssef yet again plays a slick through ball from the back and releases Khazri into the box but the latter's shot is blocked. Sliti gets hold of the ball but his shot from 20 yards out ends up going way wide off the mark.
70' Exciting football from England yet again. Young turns around on the edge of the box and feeds Hendo who lobs it into the box for Dele Alli but the Spurs star is flagged offside.
69' Marcus Rashford drops a shoulder before motoring ahead and playing Kane through the centre but the ball is stolen from his feet right before he could make it count.
68' Trippieeeer! No! Trippier gets it over the wall, gets it to dip but the ball ends up one feet away from the near post and goes out for a goalkick.
68' Substitution for England.

Sterling off. An exciting Marcus Rashford walks in for his World Cup debut.
67' England take a freekick on the left flank short and Harry Kane has his ankle tapped and wins a freekick for England, 25 yards out.
65' Lingard keeps the ball and does a fll semi near the centre of the park before sending it across to Maguire who gallops into the final third, looking ominous. He decides to send it across to Henderson on the right side. Hendo whips in a ball to the far post but it goes past everybody and rolls out of relevance for a goalkick.
63' Kane fights to hold on to the ball and then releases Sterling but he couldn't get the right amount of weight and the Man City man has to go further away from the box on the left side to gather it. He lays it off with a backheel for Young who gets there second after Meriah and concedes a freekick for fouling the Tunisian defender.
62' Hendo plays yet another long diagonal into the final third and though Lingard chases it down, he can't keep it in play as his touch takes the ball out for a goalkick.
60' Trippier takes the corner and Stones rises and heads it but his shot is off target but Kane dives in to keep it alive but England are forced to back. They foray into attack once again but this time, Raheem Sterling is penalized for pulling Bronn's shorts. Now, that's something I never thought I'd say.
59' England spending some quality time in possession in the final third and  you could sense something huge is looming. Trippier gets a delivered a peach, once again by Henderson. He tries to whip it in but Meriah gets back and deflects it out for a corner.
58' Lingard slaloms past Bronn and gives it off to Kane on the edge of the area but Sassi gets back and robs Kane and sends him sinking to his knees.
57' Some of these Tunisians possess some excellent close control and has already made me go "Woof" like an excited terrier half a dozen times already.
56' Kane holds the ball up and plays in Sterling on the right flank but his cross is dealt with and Tunisia get back on the ball.
54' Kane has the ball on the left flank but Badri tracks back steals the ball away from Kane but Maguire wins it back and ventures into the space near the corner flag and drives a ball into the box but the Tunisians clear the ball out of the danger zone.
52' Dele Alli spreads the play out to the left flank and Ashley Young crosses it in with his left but S. Ben Youssef sends the ball clear and another England attack bites the dust.
52' Ben Youssef hoists the ball forward into the final third and Khazri has the beating of Maguire and even gets to the ball before Pickford can sweep it clear. However, the forward is flagged off side. Poor decision from the assistant ref.
51' Trippier floats the ball into the box and Maguire heads it straight at Mustapha. Meanwhile, Kane was brought down once again, very similar to how he was mowed to the ground in the first half and still no VAR, no penalty.
49' Malooul, Shkhiri and Badri form a triangle down the left flank and thanks to Shkhri's spectacular close control, they ease out of a cul-de-sac but England win the ball back before it can account for something. Sterling pounces upon it and sends a couple of Tunisian players for dinner but he can't bring it to anything. England end up with a corner.
47' Trippier gets tripped and England have yet another freekick. They take it short and eventually lose the ball on the left flank.
46' Tunisia are enjoying some time on the ball as they work their forward from the back but Henderson steals the ball from Sassi and the Tunisian goalkeeper lunges in from behind and affords England a freekick near the centre of the park.
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! And we're off in the second half. Can England make their dominance count? The next 45 minutes will tell us. There are far too many mosquitoes out on the field, by the way. So many that I think that it's worth a mention. 
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! That was on par with expectations. But more goals, please.

As it stands, Tunisia 1-1 England at half-time.

47' Malooul is in severe pain after Trippier smacks a ball right into his stomach. 
45' 3 minutes added on.
44' Tripper plays a lovely, lobbed ball into the box for Jesse Lingard who pokes it beyond Mustapha but it ends up clipping the post on its way out. England have played some top-rate football but they hardly have anything to show for it.
43' The corner goes beyond the box and falls to Trippier on the right wing. However, the Spurs youngster's delivery is hit straight at Mustapha who gobbles it up without further complicating things.
42' Hendo flicks on Trippier's ball and Maguire heads it back into the centre of the box and Lingard lets one rip and it's headed for the top corner but it is deflected out for a corner.
41' Ben Youssef F. fouls, rather Rikishi-s Ashley Young to the ground with his bum and England have a freekick on the left wing. Once again, Trippier will take it.
41' Trippier lobs it n and the ball is headed clear but Alli keeps it in somehow before he is robbed and his pitch is queered by Ben Youssef.
40' Jesse Lingard is dismissed to the ground by Sassi and England have a freekick down the middle, 40 yards away. Tripper is standing by it.
38' A comedy of errors yet again. Dele Alli flicks in the header from the back post and it falls for Stones who misses the ball and ends up knocking out some fresh air. How can you miss chances like that? 
38' Raheem Sterling is mowed down on the left flank by Ben Youssef and England have a freekick near the corner flag. Kieran Trippier will whip this one in.
36' Tunisia have a great chance but Badri slips before he can latch on to a Skhiri through ball. That was 3 on 3 there. England escape.
34' Sassi mutters his prayers and slots it home past Pickford. Tunisia 1-1 England. GAME ON!

The England goalkeeper goes the right way but Sassi just about gets it past Pickford's right hand. Pickford did get precious little contact but it was not enough to save England.
34' Walker is booked for his infringement.

Sliti with a beautiful turn, gives it off to Khazri who spreads it out for Ben Youssef. He swings it in and Walker throws his left arm and shoves his elbow into the face of Sliti and Tunisia have a penalty!
31' Alli whips in a grounded ball from the right flank but Ben Youssef is there to clear the danger.
30' Trippier takes it deep into the box where Maguire meets it and gets a shot on goal but Mustapha times his dive and catches it.
29' Bronn handles the ball like a freestyler jamming for the papparazis and is rightly penalized. England have a freekick 40 yards away from goal near the left flank. Trippier will take it.
28' Hendo is having a ball so far. He switches wing with aplomb once again and Trippier flicks it on for Alli but it's a tad heavier than Alli would have liked and Maaloul clears it for a throw-in.
27' Sassi swings in a ball from the left flank and Ben Youssef rises to meet it near the penalty area but his header is way off target and England have a goalkick.
26' Maguire invites pressure with a terrible mispass in the final third and Sassi finally gets a hold of the ball and some control over his own body and lets one rip but it takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. Corner is scotched by a Maguire clearance.
25' Maaloul tries to release Skhiri with an optimistic pass into the final third but Pickford gets to it first.
23' Ashley Young receives the ball on the left wing and he puts in an inviting cross past the far post and it falls sweetly for Lingard. But the Manchester United man hits it into the ground and the ball goes on to the roof of the net. Better finishing needed. Come on, Three Lions.
22' Khazri floats it in but it goes past Meriah. Sliti goes out and collects it and cuts inside before letting one fly for the spectators in the stands to catch.
22' Bron makes a driving run down the right flank, stirs his stumps and goes on and on beyond Ashley Young. But Dele Alli chases him all the way and diverts the danger for a corner.
20' This has been as exciting an opening 20 minutes from England as any we have seen from the 3 lions over a generation, lads. They once again move the ball about with incredible swagger. This time, however, Sterling runs into a blind alley and then grazes the ground as England lose possession in a promising area.
18' Lingard gets caught after dispatching a pass to spread it out to the right wing but the ref says, 'nothing doing.'
16' Ben Youssef is pushed off the ball by Young who wins it back for England and they have a chance to start from behind and they do that in top gear once again. Sterling swivels past a couple of defenders and gifts it off to Walker. Walker then spreads it out for Tripper who drives one into the box but it goes past Dele Alli and Kane inside the box. The attack is scuppered but oh my God, what is this England team? 
15' England are looking fresh. And they've played some scintillating football in the opening quarter of an hour.
14' Substitution for Tunisia.

Hassen off. Ben Mustapha on.
12' Hassen is down now. His left shoulder which was already stretched after the first corner kick, has gone and done it proper now with that unbelievable save off that Stones header before Kane tapped it in. He is down on the ground. Hassen is in a lot of spain. This is quite a blow for Tunisia.
10' HARRY KANE TAPS IT IN! The three lions have arrived! A lovely corner by Ashley Young which is met 9 foot off the ground by Johny Stonesy and Hassen keeps it out with a remarkable save but Harry Kane is lurking and taps it in to put the Englishmen in front. They've flown out of their traps, truly.
9' Kane plays a lovely give and go with Raheem Sterling and then breaks into space after sending Meriah the wrong way. But his shot is deflected and goes out for a corner.
8' Tunisia enjoying a brief spell of possession as they try to work something from the back and they have successfully pegged England back into their own half. But a cross-field pass is mishit and they relinquish possession.
6' Hassen seems to be struggling and could be taken off soon. That's horrible. He started his campaign on a high and might have to go off without completing 10 minutes. He hurt himself after that corner.

Dele Alli plays a delightful threaded ball to the left side of the box where Lingard collects it cuts it across goal and into the backpost where Sterling is waiting. With the goal gaping, however, the Manchester City man doesn't even get a proper contact on the ball, slips and lets the ball roll out for a goalkick. Oh, come on, man.
2' OH LINGARD! WHAT A SAVE FROM HASSEN! Henderson plays in Dele Alli with a lobbed ball that releases him into the box in space. He squares it across and Lingard's shot is saved brilliantly by Hassen with his trailing leg. The corner ball is played in to the danger zone and once again Hassen makes sure it counts for nothing. Bright start by England. 
1' Hassen plays a rather ridiculous sideways pass that gets England a throw-in in an attacking position on the left flank. Ah, it's okay. They play it back anyway.
1' England pushing the ball out from the back. Trippier hoofs one forward for Sterling to chase but it ends up in the hands of goalkeeper Hassen.
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! And we're off. England will be attacking from right to left on the tv screen. Harry Kane rolls the ball and England's World Cup campaign has begun as has Tunisia's.
Oh, my man Peter Drury is doing commentary. I love it, I love it.

Meanwhile the teams are making their way out of the tunnel. England are in their all-red kit and the Tunisians are clad in white.

Destiny beckons. A new generation walks out into the light, sans baggage, but with hefty expectations to shoulder all the same. What an unbelievable World Cup this has been so far in terms of entertainment. Take the stage, Englishmen and please do deliver. We've been waiting on that for decades now.
A Golden generation that failed to shore up anything. Stalwarts who returned home with their heads dropped and souls sunken have now given way to a group of swashbuckling youngsters who are all, individually, capable of producing moments of magic. Can they transform into a group worthy of the biggest prize in world football? There are positive signs all around but you just wouldn't put yet another disappointing campaign past them. But the three lions are expected to roar louder than they have over the past decade and a half.

Tunisia, on the other hand, are without their best creative talent Msakni, who misses out on the tournament after doing his ACL. They are, however, tactically sound and will be a hard side to break down. Make no mistake, Tunisia loves the game like no other. And they'll truly believe that they can end the night with a smile on their faces because afterall, there are no chokers on the big stage like the Englishman.

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Come on, England.

"Is it coming home, lads?" My colleague Amit Mishra has an England kit on and he definitely thinks it is. But then he supports Schalke, y'know.
England vs Tunisia: Confirmed Lineups

England : Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Ashley Young, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane

Tunisia:  Hassen, Maaloul, Ben Youssef .S, Bronn, Meriah, Sassi, Skhiri, Badri, Ben Yousseff .F, Sliti, Khazri 
England vs Tunisia: Kickoff information

Date: 18th June 2018
Kickoff time: 1:00 pm (BST), 17:30 pm
Venue: Volgograd Arena

England vs Tunisia: Team News

Tunisia are minnows compared to the star-studded English team. The first African and Arab team to ever win a match in the World Cup finals has a squad that is packed with lesser known players.

Wahb Khazri is perhaps the most recognizable name on the list. Ali Maaloul has also been ruled fit to feature tonight. Maaloul and Khazri are Tunisia's most promising attacking outlets with the former's overlapping runs being one of the most exciting things about their game

Youssef Msakni, the creative winger and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi are the major absentees after having missed out on the World Cup due to injuries.

On the other hand, England look pretty much without worries. Fabian Delph will miss the match as he has gone to be at the birth of his third child. Trent Alexander-Arnold could make his first senior appearance for the national team.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are the most notable absentees after having picked up injuries in the build up to the World Cup.

England vs Tunisia: Probable lineups

England : Jordan Pickford, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Ashley Young, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane

Tunisia: Hassen, Maaloul, Ben Youssef, Benalouane, Haddadi, Sassi, Skhiri, Badri, Khaoui, Sliti, Khazri

England vs Tunisia: Form guide

England : W-W-D-W-W

England , in their last 5 games edged past Lithuania, Netherlands and Nigeria and dominated  Costa Rica. They also drew with Italy. The England team is in high spirits and as always we're thinking, 'This could be their year.' And laughing out loud right after.

Tunisia: W-W-D-D-L

Well, this ought to prove to you that Tunisia are no pushovers. In the last 5 games, they've defeated Iran and Costa Rica and also drew with Portugal and Turkey. They lost to the mighty Spain by a solitary goal.

England vs Tunisia: Head to Head

Games played: 2
England wins: 1
Tunisia wins: 0
Draws: Math problem for you.

England vs Tunisia: Key Players

All of England's attackers are key players. If Marcus Rashford is deployed, he'll be too. But Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are perhaps the sharpest players in attack for the Three Lions and them, more than anyone else, are expected to buoy this side to the much needed results.

England vs Tunisia: Prediction
Predicted scoreline: England 2-1 Tunisia

This World Cup has not disappointed so far and I think we're in for yet another thriller.​
E. Dier
J. Lingard
H. Kane
assist: H. Maguire
S. Khalifa
W. Khazri
R. Loftus-Cheek
D. Alli
M. Ben Amor
N. Sliti
M. Rashford
R. Sterling
F. Sassi, Penalty
K. Walker
F. Ben Mustapha
M. Hassen
H. Kane
England (3-1-2-2-2)
Gareth Southgate (Manager)
M. Hassen
A. Maâloul
Y. Meriah
S. Ben Youssef
D. Bronn
E. Skhiri
N. Sliti
A. Badri
F. Sassi
F. Ben Youssef
W. Khazri
J. Pickford
H. Maguire
J. Stones
K. Walker
J. Henderson
A. Young
K. Trippier
D. Alli
J. Lingard
H. Kane
R. Sterling
England (3-1-2-2-2)
Gareth Southgate (Manager)
Tunisia Subs
R. Bedoui
M. Ben Amor
F. Ben Mustapha
Y. Benalouane
G. Chalali
O. Haddadi
S. Khalifa
A. Khalil
S. Khaoui
A. Mathlouthi
H. Nagguez
B. Srarfi
England Subs
T. Alexander-Arnold
J. Butland
G. Cahill
F. Delph
E. Dier
P. Jones
R. Loftus-Cheek
N. Pope
M. Rashford
D. Rose
D. Welbeck
J. Vardy
6 SHOTS 18
14 FOULS 8
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 1
Stadium Volgograd Arena
Match time Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 11:30 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2018 01:25 AM | Published: Jun 18, 2018 21:31 PM