Premier League Watch
Harry Kane naturally stole the headlines for England on day five of the 2018 World Cup, grabbing two goals on his World Cup debut. Beyond his brace, however, the Tottenham forward’s impact within the penalty area was actually relatively limited. Forward runs in behind from club teammate Dele Alli and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard meant Kane’s movements were generally towards the ball, looking to link up the play with midfield.
This showed as England wasted numerous chances throughout the first half, with Kane absent from the main danger zone and chances falling to far less clinical players. When he did find himself in a goalscoring position, he demonstrated just the intuition lacking from his teammates to score his 15th goal in just 25 games for England – a record bettered only at that stage by Gary Lineker.
As England continued to create chances, Kane’s movement – although creating space for midfield runners – meant he was further and further away from the Tunisia penalty area at the moment of penetration. As chances came and went, it looked as though England’s best goalscorer would remain powerless as an opening-game draw loomed.
However, Kane grabbed his and England’s second with only minutes remaining, his consistent ability to hit the target paying off from only his second chance of the game. In the process, Kane also became the first player to score against two different goalkeepers in the same World Cup game since Diego Forlan for Uruguay against hosts South Africa in 2010.