England drained Tunisia out 2:1 in the end, but? England started off with composure, confidence and control of the game. By Crimson TazvinzwaCaptain Harry Kane scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as England battled to victory over Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup.
At second half England was thrown off course by Tunisia’s new 4-4-2 formation. With the ball in their possession most of the time; the team couldn’t create enough chances, even the ones created were used wastefully. England could have easily sailed into second half with a 5:0 lead.
The VAR Team and Match Officials almost sunk England. Questionable decisions were made. The penalty? And Harry Kane incident prior to that where he was wrestled to the ground?
The questions surrounding the use of the Video Assistant Referee reared their ugly heads once again during England’s World Cup 2018 opener with Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday night as captain Harry Kane was twice denied what looked like clear penalties.
Shortly after Tunisia were awarded a penalty for what looked like a soft collision between Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker and Fakhreddine Ben Yussef, a decision which was upheld by VAR, Kane crumbled under what can only be likened to something seen in WWE. England carried on and the ensuing goal-mouth scramble saw John Stones miskick the ball and the chance go begging.
Then, shortly after half-time, an almost identical incident occurred, again on Kane, and again it was ignored be referee Wilmar Roldan to the bemusement of the incredulous England captain.
Ahead of the World Cup, the referees’ formal briefing to the media insisted they would take “grappling” in the box seriously and give penalties for it. A penalty for it has already been given for grappling in this tournament, with Croatia profiting from it against Nigeria on Saturday evening, beginning the question why it was missed on two occasions for England.