Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Pele memories live on as Honda embraces 'final' World Cup

Pele memories live on as Honda embraces 'final' World Cup

Kane, substituted to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans, was the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

Harry Kane struck a hat-trick as England's young and free-flowing team banished the ghost of past failures with a record 6-1 thrashing of feeble Panama on Sunday that eased them into the last 16.

Roman Torres missed a good chance just before Felipe Baloy's consolation strike.

Belgium will advance if Panama do not win (95.2%).

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It's clear that England are a cohesive and able attacking unit, it's less clear whether that's true of their defence.

The second-half goals could be crucial as they give Colombia a better goal difference than Japan, so the South Americans will be assured of going through if they only draw in their final group game against Senegal and Japan also lose to Poland.

Senegal outshot Japan 14-7 and had five shots on target.

But the Asians were not done and hit back again through Honda, who tapped in into an empty net after goalkeeper N'Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away. But Japan stunned 10-man Colombia and Nishino revealed that some of his players had wanted to settle for a draw after 45 minutes with the scores locked at 1-1.

Apparently not. Japan put in another strong performance against Senegal, the Blue Samurai battling back twice to earn a point.

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Rodriguez has been bothered by a calf injury which meant he started on the bench against Japan, but Pekerman indicated he may be ready to face Poland.

Inui was once more his side's stand-out player.

Ironically, Chetali was the first homegrown African coach to take charge of a representative from the continent at the World Cup finals.

"To submit myself to the kind of football Halilhodzic played in order to get picked, that would be shameful for me".

Considering both Spain and Portugal now have the same goal difference and drew their encounter 3-3, the victor of Group B could be decided by which side picked up the least yellow cards.

Yerry Mina headed in Colombia's opener in 40th minute after Rodriguez picked the defender out with a sublime cross.

That is a 3pm kick-off and at the same time Uruguay and Russia will decide who tops Group A. Both Russia and Uruguay are unbeaten so far and the hosts will be targeting another surprise win.

Booking their ticket to the second round with a game to spare would be a welcome achievement for England, who were eliminated after only two games in a disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign.

These two teams have only met once in an worldwide friendly in 2006, a game Colombia won 2-1. It wasn't really his fault here as Poland created little for him, forcing him to come deep and look for the ball. Senegal made the entire continent proud with a superb win over a highly-rated Poland side on Tuesday, but it wasn't just so much the victory, it was the intelligent manner in which they tactically controlled the game.

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