Day 11 saw the second round of group games come to an end with England meeting Panama before Group H rounded things off. 

 

Kane at the Hat-Trick

 

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Harry Kane celebrating after England’s second goal. (Reuters)

 

Harry Kane helped himself to a hat-trick as England cruised past Panama in a 6-1 win to qualify for the last 16 and achieve their biggest ever World Cup win. 

John Stones opened the scoring in eighth minute after heading Kieran Trippier’s corner into the bottom left from yards out, with no marker around him. 

Edgar Yoel Barcenas then curled wide a possible equaliser for Panama eight minutes later, before Fidel Escobar and Roman Torres both brought down Jesse Lingard to give England a penalty in 20th minute. 

Kane stepped up to deliver a captain’s penalty into top left and make it 2-0. 

Lingard then curled in England’s third from 25 yards out, after playing a 1-2 with Raheem Sterling, who then assisted in their fourth after his shot from Jordan Henderson’s cross is blocked for Stones to head in his second of the match. 

The Three Lions however weren’t done when they roared into a 5-0 lead at the break, after Anibal Godoy brought Kane down during a corner kick. 

Kane took his second penalty of match and rifled it into the left side to put England in a comfortable position at the break. 

Panama came back out fighting but Kane completed his hat-trick after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot deflected in off his calf during 63rd minute.

That hat-trick makes him only the third Englishman to complete a hat-trick at any World Cup as he joins fellow ex Tottenham striker – Gary Lineker (1986) and Geoff Hurst (1966), as the only players to achieve this feat. 

Panama eventually pulled one back in 78th minute when Felipe Baloy tapped in a free kick. 

The result means that Group G is sorted with England and Belgium both through but face each other on Thursday in a pivotal top of table clash.

Panama meanwhile will face Tunisia in a battle for pride and for the privilege of not finishing bottom of group. 

 

Poland crash out of Group H

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Radamel Falcao scored a pivotal second goal to keep Colombia’s World Cup hopes alive. (Reuters)

Colombia kept their World Cup hopes alive after beating Poland 3-0 tonight to send the Poles crashing out, following Japan and Senegal’s earlier draw. 

In a rather even game, goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuarado were enough to keep Colombia’s hopes alive. 

Mina’s goal came five minutes from time after James Rodriguez played a short pass to Cuarado who passes for Juan Quintero to curl to Mina who heads it home. 

Colombia’s second and third came midway through second half in a five minute spell. 

For their second goal, Falcao picked up a pass from Quintero and slotted it past Wojciech Szczesny to send Poland closer to the exit door in 70th minute. 

Cuarado then confirmed the Poles’ exit when he got on end of a Rodriguez through ball and put it past a powerless Szczesny. 

The result means that Colombia must beat Senegal if are to progress, after the African side drew 2-2 with Japan in the first Group H match of day.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring in 11th minute after latching onto an error by Eiji Kawashima and poking in via his knee. 

Takashi Inui then curled home a pass from Yuto Nagatomo 33 minutes later to level things at the break. 

Senegal reclaimed the lead midway through second half when 19 year-old defender, Moussa Wague connected with a stray pass across goal from Youssouf Sabaly in 71st minute. 

Japan sub, Keisuke Honda then got the Blue Samurai back into it in 78th minute after turning home a pass from Inui, following a defensive mistake caused by goalkeeper – Khadim N’Diaye failing to successfully punch a shot away. 

That ultimately proved to be defining with the match finishing level, meaning that both sides just need a point from their final group games to qualify at Colombia’s expense. 

 

 

 

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