World Cup 2018: England Ride on Harry Kane hat-trick to Historic Win of 6-1 over Panama

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England roared past a physical Panama side and bared their own teeth with a 6-1 decimation of the Central Americans in Nizhny Novgorod. The Three Lions made light of the 31 degrees heat and the physicality of their opponents by scoring more than four goals in a World Cup finals match for the first time.

The follow-through from Kane when he strikes the ball stays low, the arc of his leg is straight like a bullet and he generates just the right amount of lift and power. His aim is exceptional, you will note he often finds the very corners of the net, testing the extremities and making it impossible for a goalkeeper to save.

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Against a team as poor (and violent) as Panama it is important not to read too much into the scoreline but what we saw from Kane was everything he is about. The first two goals were penalties that allowed him to once again show off that striking technique that Russell has made into a learning resource, his third was a combination of being in the right place at the right time and a slice of luck, which every good striker needs but also believes that they earn.



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Kane became just the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in the 1986 tournament.

Panama pulled a goal back in the 78th minute through Felipe Baloy – the Central American nation’s first goal at a World Cup.



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Despite being routed in its second World Cup match ever, the Central American nation passionately celebrated its first goal at a World Cup against England. The goal was nothing but a consolation for Panama, which was eliminated from the tournament with a game to spare, but make no mistake about it, it was a significant moment for the nation as Baloy’s finish was felt across Panama.



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