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World Cup day five in a nutshell: England leave it late, insects attack and Icelandic viewing figures

11:11 pm, 18th June 2018

Each day during the tournament, we will be pulling together all the big stories and best reaction right here in a nutshell, so you do not miss a thing.

Here are the highlights from day five at the World Cup…

The reports

Sweden 1-0 South Korea

Sweden opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over South Korea thanks to Andreas Granqvist’s penalty, which was awarded after the use of VAR.

Janne Andersson’s side were awarded a penalty in the 64th minute when VAR helped overrule referee Joel Aguilar’s original decision for a challenge on Viktor Claesson by Yong-Joon Lee inside the penalty area, from which Swedish captain Granqvist fired home (65).

It proved to be the only goal of the game as Sweden won their opening game at a World Cup for the first time since 1958 to move level with Mexico at the top of Group F following their shock 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday.

Belgium 3-0 Panama

Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a stunning strike from Dries Mertens saw Belgium win their opening game 3-0 against debutants Panama in Sochi.

After a goalless opening period which lacked clear-cut chances, it took Mertens just two minutes to open the scoring in the second half.

Manchester United striker Lukaku (69, 75) then netted twice in six minutes to seal an ultimately comfortable win for Roberto Martinez’s men, who top Group G ahead of England’s match with Tunisia.

Tunisia 1-2 England

Harry Kane scored a dramatic injury-time winner as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their World Cup opener in Volgograd on Monday evening.

The England captain, who had volleyed his side into an early lead, headed home after John Stones had flicked on a Kieran Tripper corner in the 91st minute to secure a vital three points in their bid to qualify from Group G.

A controversial penalty looked to have denied them the win when Kyle Walker was harshly penalised for an elbow on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef 10 minutes before half-time and Ferjani Sassi coolly slotted home.

Moment of the day

We hate to be parochial, but Kane’s late winner will live long in the memory for England fans and his dramatic last-gasp winner could be so crucial for the hopes of Gareth Southgate’s side in Russia.

The England captain was alive in the box to snatch back a victory that looked to have been taken away by Tunisia’s controversial first-half penalty and the wild celebrations that followed showed the value to England’s young side.

That goal means England currently have a better record at this World Cup than Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain… allow the country to enjoy that while we can!

The key quotes

Stat of the day

Tweet of the day

In the news

Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup by Croatia’s head coach due to the player’s complaints of ongoing injury problems.

He had planned to bring Kalinic, who played for AC Milan on loan from Fiorentina last season, on as a substitute in that game but the player declined.

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after fans used an alleged homophobic chant in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Germany.

Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute – though some argue there is no discriminatory intent.

Volgograd was taken over by a plague of midges ahead of England’s game against Tunisia.

The midges’ invasion is thought to be a consequence of the hot summer climate on the Volga river, which runs through the city and eventually into the Caspian Sea.

Helicopters sprayed insecticide over the Volgograd Arena while council workers have also been moving around the city in efforts to control the problem.

And Japan’s squad was woken up at 5am by a fire alarm at their hotel Saransk. Their first game is against Colombia in Group H tomorrow.

And finally…

According to figures obtained by the Icelandic FA today, 99.6 percent of all people in Iceland watching television during the Iceland v Argentina match on Saturday were watching the game.

In contrast, Russia president Vladimir Putin will not be watching his nation’s second match against Egypt tomorrow as he will be visiting Belarus.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “He probably will watch some kind of highlights in a news format and will probably be interested in the result of the game.”

Another Russian, legislator Vitaly Milonov, wants to ban “mockery” of their team and fine anyone who criticses them 10,000 rubles. He has drafted a bill, saying: “This is not just about football. This is about our national identity.”