AS IT HAPPENED: Tunisia 1 v. England 2

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Tunisia are preparing to take on England in Monday’s Group G encounter in the World Cup. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 June 2018
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AS IT HAPPENED: Tunisia 1 v. England 2

FULL-TIME: England seal an opening game victory at the World Cup with a late, late winner from Harry Kane giving England a 2-1 win. Tunisia can hold their heads high and must lift their spirits for the Belgium game.

10:48PM: GOAL - Harry Kane breaks Tunisians hearts with a headed goal from a corner with just 2 minutes remaining...

10:42PM: Saber Khalifa comes on for Wahbi Khazri as Tunisia look to hit England on the break...can they steal this?

10:31PM: Tunisia looking more and more comfortable as Naim Sliti comes off to be replaced by Ben Armor. England not looking anywhere near as threatening as they were in the first half...

10:25PM: Raheem Sterling comes off, as Marcus Rashford replaces him. England looking to inject a bit of pace up front against the resolute Tunisian defense.

10:17PM: England in full control, pushing Tunisia back further and further...fans getting slightly restless as a Mexican wave breaks out in the stands.

10:10PM: England come out after the break looking dangerous and hoping to continue where they left off, forcing a corner... nothing doing for England.

HALFTIME: It's halftime, and Tunisia are level. The African side are holding their own against their more illustrious opponents and it has been an evenly-contested half of football. Tunisia will be confident of pushing England all the way here in Volgograd. Stay tuned for the second half...

9:38PM: The pace of the game slows down somewhat in the sapping heat of Volgograd, defenses looking weak for both teams. Chances surely to come in the second half...

9:33PM: Penalty to Tunisia! GOAL! And Sassi tucks it away with aplomb in the bottom right hand corner. Definitely game on now! Tunisia 1 England 1

9:25PM: Sassi of Tunisia has a rare chance in front of goal for Tunisia, as the Eagles of Carthage gives their fans hope in their best spell of the game. Game on?

9:21PM: Tunisia force a corner in their first meaningful attack of the game. It comes to nothing.

9:09PM: GOAL: Harry Kane of England is on hand to tap in the rebound from a fantastic save from Hassem after a Stones header. Tunisia under the cosh.

 

9:02PM: Hassem in the Tunisian goal under pressure early as England pepper the goal with a Lingard shot and the resulting England corner. Close.

 

8.55PM: We are seconds away from kick-off... stay tuned ...

8:35PM: The Tunisia dressing room ahead of their opening game against England. Excitement building in Volgograd!

Tunisia starting XI: Hassem, Ben Youssef. S, Meriah, Bronn, Maaloul, Badri, Sassi, Skhiri, Ben Youssef. F, Khazri (C), Sliti

England starting XI: Pickford, Maguire, Stones, Walker, Young, Henderson, Trippier, Alli, Lingard, Sterling, Kane (C)

Here we go then. It's been a long 12 years for Tunisia fans, but they will finally be cheering their team on in a World Cup for the first time since 2006. The "Eagles of Carthage" are preparing to take on England in Monday’s Group G encounter, with the weight of Arab expectation and the hopes of an entire region rest on the shoulders of Nail Maaloul’s charges. After just one defeat in 10 games for Nail Maaloul’s side, their players and supporters - and many a neutral - will be quietly confident of an upset of a generation.


Arsenal, Chelsea win in Europa League as Rangers hold Villarreal

Aubameyang opened the scoring in London after 32 minutes of the Group E encounter. (Reuters)
Updated 21 September 2018
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Arsenal, Chelsea win in Europa League as Rangers hold Villarreal

  • I think we played well in the first half and in the beginning of the second as well: Aubameyang
  • Chelsea made a winning start to their Group L campaign as Willian's seventh-minute effort was enough to see off PAOK

PARIS: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal defeated Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava 4-2 in the Europa League on Thursday, while in-form Chelsea began their campaign with a 1-0 win away to PAOK in Greece.
Aubameyang has struggled to hit top gear in the Premier League so far with just one goal in five starts, but the Gabon striker opened the scoring in London after 32 minutes of the Group E encounter.
Danny Welbeck nodded in a second just after half-time and Aubameyang curled in the Gunners' third, with Mesut Ozil also on target before a lapse in concentration saw Vorskla hit back with two late goals.
"I think we played well in the first half and in the beginning of the second as well," Aubameyang told BT Sport.
"We have to improve and try to fight not to concede a goal like we did in the last minute."
Premier League leaders Chelsea made a winning start to their Group L campaign as Willian's seventh-minute effort was enough to see off PAOK at a hostile Toumba Stadium.
Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad at his own request due to fatigue, but manager Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong side as the Blues extended their winning run to six games in all competitions.
"We were in control of the match for 90 minutes. We had a lot of opportunities. We missed them and so I'm very happy with the three points, very happy with the performance, but not very happy with the result," said Sarri.
"When it's time to kill the match, we have to kill the match."
Steven Gerrard's Rangers acquitted themselves well on their first appearance in the group stage of a European competition since the 2010-11 Champions League, as they came away with a 2-2 draw against Villarreal.
A disastrous start for the Glasgow side saw Carlos Bacca fire Villarreal ahead inside 60 seconds, but Scott Arfield turned home a cross from Daniel Candeias to level on 67 minutes.
Gerard Moreno put the hosts back in front almost immediately, only for Kyle Lafferty to again hit back for Rangers as Gerrard's men made a solid start in Group G.
Leigh Griffiths hit a late winner for Celtic in a 1-0 home victory over Rosenborg, a team Brendan Rodgers' side knocked out in this season's Champions League qualifying rounds.
Salzburg triumphed in the clash of Red Bulls in the other Group B fixture as Fredrik Gulbrandsen scored a minute from time to give the Austrian club a 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig.
Marseille, last season's runners-up, slumped to a 2-1 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in Group H as Luka Jovic grabbed an 89th-minute winner for the reigning German Cup champions.
Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring early for Marseille, who were playing behind closed doors at the Stade Velodrome after numerous crowd incidents last season.
But Lucas Torro levelled on 52 minutes for Eintracht before Jovic's late strike won it.
Dudelange, the first Luxembourg team to play in the Europa League group stage, made seven-time European champions AC Milan work hard for a 1-0 win in Group F.
Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were in the crowd as Dudelange, who have a dozen non-professional players in their squad, succumbed to a deflected second-half goal by Gonzalo Higuain.
Record five-time winners Sevilla launched their Group J campaign with a 5-1 rout of Standard Liege, as Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder both netted twice for the Spaniards.