2018 FIFA World Cup Group G

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2018 postage stamp from Russia depicting Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage.

Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from 18 to 28 June 2018.[1] The group consisted of Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, and England. The top two teams, Belgium and England, advanced to the round of 16.[2]

Teams

Draw position Team Pot Confederation Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
October 2017[nb 1] June 2018
G1  Belgium 1 UEFA UEFA Group H winners 3 September 2017 13th 2014 (quarter-finals) Fourth place (1986) 5 3
G2  Panama 4 CONCACAF CONCACAF Fifth Round third place 10 October 2017 1st 49 55
G3  Tunisia 3 CAF CAF Third Round Group A winners 11 November 2017 5th 2006 (group stage) Group stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006) 28 21
G4  England 2 UEFA UEFA Group F winners 5 October 2017 15th 2014 (group stage) Winners (1966) 12 12
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of October 2017 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
3  Tunisia 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3
4  Panama 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

Matches

All times listed are local time.[1]

Belgium vs Panama

The two teams had never met before this World Cup match.[3] Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens forced early saves from goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. Eden Hazard hit the side-netting after pouncing on a loose backpass from Román Torres. Hazard fired wide in the 26th minute and was left hobbling by heavy challenges from Michael Amir Murillo and Torres. Hazard then shook off the blows and forced Penedo into a save with his legs.[4] After a goalless first half, Mertens steered in a right-foot volley from the right of the penalty area to give Belgium the lead.[5] Kevin De Bruyne almost doubled the lead but narrowly missed the target with a 25-yard free-kick that curled away from Penedo's right-hand post. Belgium doubled their lead in the 69th minute after Romelu Lukaku scored with a diving header after a cross from the left by Kevin De Bruyne. Lukaku then added a third with a chipped finish from the left of the penalty area after a through ball from Hazard.[4]

Belgium's last victory by two goals or more at the FIFA World Cup was a 3–1 defeat of Uruguay in 1990. It also matched their best win in World Cup history, along with a 3–0 victory over El Salvador in 1970.[6]

Belgium  3–0  Panama
Report
Attendance: 43,257[7]
Belgium[8]
Panama[8]
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
CB 2 Toby Alderweireld
CB 20 Dedryck Boyata
CB 5 Jan Vertonghen YC 59'
RM 15 Thomas Meunier YC 14'
CM 7 Kevin De Bruyne YC 88'
CM 6 Axel Witsel Substituted off 90'
LM 11 Yannick Carrasco Substituted off 74'
RW 14 Dries Mertens Substituted off 83'
LW 10 Eden Hazard (c)
CF 9 Romelu Lukaku
Substitutions:
MF 19 Mousa Dembélé Substituted in 74'
MF 16 Thorgan Hazard Substituted in 83'
MF 22 Nacer Chadli Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Spain Roberto Martínez
BEL-PAN 2018-06-18.svg
GK 1 Jaime Penedo
RB 2 Michael Amir Murillo YC 51'
CB 5 Román Torres (c)
CB 4 Fidel Escobar
LB 15 Erick Davis YC 18'
DM 6 Gabriel Gómez
CM 11 Armando Cooper YC 49'
CM 20 Aníbal Godoy YC 57'
RW 8 Édgar Bárcenas YC 45+2' Substituted off 63'
LW 21 José Luis Rodríguez Substituted off 63'
CF 7 Blas Pérez Substituted off 73'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Gabriel Torres Substituted in 63'
FW 10 Ismael Díaz Substituted in 63'
FW 18 Luis Tejada Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez

Man of the Match:
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)[9]

Assistant referees:[8]
Jerson Dos Santos (Angola)
Zakhele Siwela (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Reserve assistant referee:
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Video assistant referee:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Felix Zwayer (Germany)
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Tunisia vs England

The two teams had met in two matches, including one game at the 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage, an England 2–0 victory.[10]

England scored in the 11th minute when Mouez Hassen stopped a John Stones' header from a corner from the left, but could not save a Harry Kane follow-up from close range. Hassen was substituted four minutes later for Farouk Ben Mustapha due to an injury earlier in the game, after he had a collision with Jesse Lingard. Lingard then mishit a volley from Ashley Young's cross to the far post.[11] After 10 minutes, Ferjani Sassi equalised from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker was penalised for an elbow on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.[12] Kane had an appeal for a penalty waved away within five minutes of the restart as he was seemingly impeded by a pair of Tunisia players at a corner.[13] In the additional time, Harry Maguire flicked a Kieran Trippier corner from the right into the path of Kane, who headed it inside the goal after being left free at the back post.[11][14]

England scored more than once for the first time in 10 World Cup matches, since a 2–2 draw against Sweden in 2006. Kane became the first England player to score a brace in a World Cup match since Gary Lineker against Cameroon in 1990.[12]

Tunisia  1–2  England
Report
  • Kane Goal 11'90+1'
Attendance: 41,064[15]
Tunisia[16]
England[16]
GK 22 Mouez Hassen Substituted off 16'
RB 11 Dylan Bronn
CB 2 Syam Ben Youssef
CB 4 Yassine Meriah
LB 12 Ali Maâloul
CM 13 Ferjani Sassi
CM 17 Ellyes Skhiri
CM 9 Anice Badri
RF 8 Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
CF 10 Wahbi Khazri (c) Substituted off 85'
LF 23 Naïm Sliti Substituted off 74'
Substitutions:
GK 1 Farouk Ben Mustapha Substituted in 16'
MF 14 Mohamed Amine Ben Amor Substituted in 74'
FW 19 Saber Khalifa Substituted in 85'
Manager:
Nabil Maâloul
TUN-ENG 2018-06-18.svg
GK 1 Jordan Pickford
CB 2 Kyle Walker YC 33'
CB 5 John Stones
CB 6 Harry Maguire
DM 8 Jordan Henderson
CM 20 Dele Alli Substituted off 80'
CM 7 Jesse Lingard Substituted off 90+3'
RM 12 Kieran Trippier
LM 18 Ashley Young
CF 10 Raheem Sterling Substituted off 68'
CF 9 Harry Kane (c)
Substitutions:
FW 19 Marcus Rashford Substituted in 68'
MF 21 Ruben Loftus-Cheek Substituted in 80'
MF 4 Eric Dier Substituted in 90+3'
Manager:
Gareth Southgate

Man of the Match:
Harry Kane (England)[17]

Assistant referees:[16]
Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)
Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia)
Fourth official:
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
Reserve assistant referee:
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan)
Video assistant referee:
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Gery Vargas (Bolivia)
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Tiago Martins (Portugal)

Belgium vs Tunisia

The two teams had faced each other in three matches, including one game at the 2002 FIFA World Cup group stage, which ended in a 1–1 draw.[10]

Just 6 minutes into the game, Syam Ben Youssef's late challenge on Eden Hazard was deemed, with the use of VAR, to have been just inside the area and he stepped up to score the penalty into the bottom-left corner. Ten minutes later, Dries Mertens won possession just inside the Tunisia half before driving forward and passing the ball to Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku then shot a low strike across Farouk Ben Mustapha into the bottom-right corner. Wahbi Khazri's free-kick from the left was met by Dylan Bronn, who flashed a header past Thibaut Courtois. Thomas Meunier found Lukaku inside the area, which he clipped over the onrushing Mustapha. Toby Alderweireld's long pass from defence was taken on the chest by Hazard, who then rounded Mustapha to stroke into an empty net. Michy Batshuayi met Youri Tielemans' cross at the back post with a controlled half-volley to score Belgium's 5th. Khazri scored deep into stoppage time after a swivel in the box.[18][19]

Lukaku became the first player since Diego Maradona to score back-to-back braces in consecutive world cup games.[20] Hazard's penalty was Belgium's second quickest goal in a World Cup match (5:59), behind only Léopold Anoul's goal against England in 1954, in the fifth minute.[21] For Tunisia, it has registered as their worst defeat ever in their World Cup history.

Belgium  5–2  Tunisia
Report
Attendance: 44,190[22]
Belgium[23]
Tunisia[23]
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
CB 2 Toby Alderweireld
CB 20 Dedryck Boyata
CB 5 Jan Vertonghen
RM 15 Thomas Meunier
CM 7 Kevin De Bruyne
CM 6 Axel Witsel
LM 11 Yannick Carrasco
RF 14 Dries Mertens Substituted off 86'
CF 9 Romelu Lukaku Substituted off 59'
LF 10 Eden Hazard (c) Substituted off 68'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Marouane Fellaini Substituted in 59'
FW 21 Michy Batshuayi Substituted in 68'
MF 17 Youri Tielemans Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Spain Roberto Martínez
BEL-TUN 2018-06-23.svg
GK 1 Farouk Ben Mustapha
RB 11 Dylan Bronn Substituted off 24'
CB 2 Syam Ben Youssef Substituted off 41'
CB 4 Yassine Meriah
LB 12 Ali Maâloul
CM 7 Saîf-Eddine Khaoui
CM 17 Ellyes Skhiri
CM 13 Ferjani Sassi YC 14' Substituted off 59'
RF 8 Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
CF 10 Wahbi Khazri (c)
LF 9 Anice Badri
Substitutions:
DF 21 Hamdi Nagguez Substituted in 24'
DF 3 Yohan Benalouane Substituted in 41'
FW 23 Naïm Sliti Substituted in 59'
Manager:
Nabil Maâloul

Man of the Match:
Eden Hazard (Belgium)[24]

Assistant referees:[23]
Corey Rockwell (United States)
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)
Fourth official:
Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
Reserve assistant referee:
Nicolás Tarán (Uruguay)
Video assistant referee:
Mark Geiger (United States)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Felix Zwayer (Germany)

England vs Panama

The two teams had never met before.

John Stones headed in from Kieran Trippier's corner to open the scoring. Harry Kane converted a penalty to make it 2–0 following a foul on Jesse Lingard, who was next to find the net with a curling finish with his right foot from the edge of the area. Stones nodded home the rebound after goalkeeper Jaime Penedo had kept out Raheem Sterling's close-range header. Kane scored his second penalty of the match in the stoppage time of first half, hammering the ball into Penedo's top right corner after referee had spotted a foul on the forward by Fidel Escobar. Kane completed his hat-trick when a deflected shot by Ruben Loftus-Cheek flicked off from his ankle. Felipe Baloy scored Panama's first-ever World Cup goal, with a half-volley from a Ricardo Ávila free-kick.[25] The result ensured that both England and Belgium would advance to the knockout stage, while Tunisia and Panama would be eliminated at the group stage.

Gary Lineker was the last England player before Kane to notch more than one goal in consecutive World Cup matches, 32 years ago. At Mexico 1986, Lineker followed up a hat-trick against Poland with a brace against Paraguay.[26] This was England's biggest win at a major tournament. Stones became the first England defender to score two goals in a World Cup match. Kane is the first player to score at least twice in both of his first two World Cup appearances since Grzegorz Lato of Poland in 1974.[27] Kane is the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, after Geoff Hurst against Germany in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker against Poland in 1986.[28]

England  6–1  Panama
Report
England[30]
Panama[30]
GK 1 Jordan Pickford
CB 2 Kyle Walker
CB 5 John Stones
CB 6 Harry Maguire
DM 8 Jordan Henderson
CM 21 Ruben Loftus-Cheek YC 24'
CM 7 Jesse Lingard Substituted off 63'
RM 12 Kieran Trippier Substituted off 70'
LM 18 Ashley Young
CF 10 Raheem Sterling
CF 9 Harry Kane (c) Substituted off 63'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Jamie Vardy Substituted in 63'
DF 17 Fabian Delph Substituted in 63'
DF 3 Danny Rose Substituted in 70'
Manager:
Gareth Southgate
ENG-PAN 2018-06-24.svg
GK 1 Jaime Penedo
RB 2 Michael Amir Murillo YC 72'
CB 5 Román Torres (c)
CB 4 Fidel Escobar YC 44'
LB 15 Erick Davis
DM 6 Gabriel Gómez Substituted off 69'
CM 11 Armando Cooper YC 10'
CM 20 Aníbal Godoy Substituted off 62'
RW 8 Édgar Bárcenas Substituted off 69'
LW 21 José Luis Rodríguez
CF 7 Blas Pérez
Substitutions:
MF 19 Ricardo Ávila Substituted in 62'
FW 16 Abdiel Arroyo Substituted in 69'
DF 23 Felipe Baloy Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez

Man of the Match:
Harry Kane (England)[31]

Assistant referees:[30]
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Waleed Ahmed (Sudan)
Fourth official:
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Reserve assistant referee:
Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia)
Video assistant referee:
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Mark Geiger (United States)

England vs Belgium

The two teams had met in 21 matches, including two matches at the World Cup, one round of 16 game at the 1990 FIFA World Cup which ended in a 1–0 victory for England, and one group stage game at the 1954 FIFA World Cup which ended in a 4–4 draw.[10] Both teams had already guaranteed to advance to the last 16 before kick off, with the winner securing top spot in the group.

Both teams fielded significantly altered line-ups before the game, with media outlets stating that a loss could potentially become beneficial, as the winner would be in the half of the draw with the 4 of the top 7 sides in the world.[a][32][33]

Jordan Pickford kept out a long-range drive from Youri Tielemans before the goalkeeper was rescued by Gary Cahill's goal-line clearance after the ball squirmed out of his grasp. In the 51st minute, Adnan Januzaj cut in from the right and hit a left foot shot into the top left corner of the net. Jamie Vardy sent Marcus Rashford through on goal in the 66th minute, but the striker's effort was turned wide of the post by a touch from Thibaut Courtois.[34]

This 1–0 victory ended Belgium's 82-year winless run against England which dates back to a friendly played in Brussels on 9 May 1936. The scoreline was 3–2 on that occasion.[35] This is the first World Cup match (other than 0–0 draws) in which England failed to score since a 1–0 loss to Portugal in 1986.[36]

England  0–1  Belgium
Report
England[38]
Belgium[38]
GK 1 Jordan Pickford
CB 16 Phil Jones
CB 5 John Stones Substituted off 46'
CB 15 Gary Cahill
DM 4 Eric Dier (c)
CM 21 Ruben Loftus-Cheek
CM 17 Fabian Delph
RW 22 Trent Alexander-Arnold Substituted off 79'
LW 3 Danny Rose
CF 19 Marcus Rashford
CF 11 Jamie Vardy
Substitutions:
DF 6 Harry Maguire Substituted in 46'
FW 14 Danny Welbeck Substituted in 79'
Manager:
Gareth Southgate
ENG-BEL 2018-06-28.svg
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois (c)
CB 23 Leander Dendoncker YC 33'
CB 20 Dedryck Boyata
CB 3 Thomas Vermaelen Substituted off 74'
RM 22 Nacer Chadli
CM 8 Marouane Fellaini
CM 19 Mousa Dembélé
LM 16 Thorgan Hazard
RF 18 Adnan Januzaj Substituted off 86'
CF 21 Michy Batshuayi
LF 17 Youri Tielemans YC 19'
Substitutions:
DF 4 Vincent Kompany Substituted in 74'
FW 14 Dries Mertens Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Spain Roberto Martínez

Man of the Match:
Adnan Januzaj (Belgium)[39]

Assistant referees:[38]
Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)
Robert Vukan (Slovenia)
Fourth official:
Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Reserve assistant referee:
Mohamed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Video assistant referee:
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Paweł Gil (Poland)
Roberto Díaz Pérez (Spain)
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)

Panama vs Tunisia

The two teams had never met before.[3] Both teams had already been eliminated from the tournament before the match.

Panama took the lead in the 33rd minute, after a José Rodríguez shot from outside the penalty area took a deflection off Yassine Meriah and nestle in the back of the net. In the 51st minute, Naïm Sliti found Wahbi Khazri down the right and the latter's low cross was converted by the Fakhreddine Ben Youssef just six yards out. At the 66 minute mark, Khazri finished off a cross from the left by Oussama Haddadi from close range at the back post.[40][41]

Tunisia won a World Cup match after 40 years, since their 3–1 victory over Mexico in 1978. Panama became the first nation since Serbia & Montenegro and Togo in 2006 to lose each of their first three World Cup games. Panama's goal means this is the first World Cup tournament in which every side has scored at least two goals in the competition. Meriah's own goal was the 50th in World Cup history.[42]

Panama  1–2  Tunisia
Report
Attendance: 37,168[43]
Panama[44]
Tunisia[44]
GK 1 Jaime Penedo
RB 13 Adolfo Machado
CB 5 Román Torres (c) Substituted off 56'
CB 4 Fidel Escobar
LB 17 Luis Ovalle
DM 6 Gabriel Gómez YC 80'
CM 20 Aníbal Godoy
CM 19 Ricardo Ávila YC 78' Substituted off 81'
RW 8 Édgar Bárcenas
LW 21 José Luis Rodríguez
CF 9 Gabriel Torres Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
DF 3 Harold Cummings Substituted in 46'
FW 18 Luis Tejada YC 90+6' Substituted in 56'
FW 16 Abdiel Arroyo Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez
PAN-TUN 2018-06-28.svg
GK 16 Aymen Mathlouthi (c)
RB 21 Hamdi Nagguez
CB 6 Rami Bedoui
CB 4 Yassine Meriah
LB 5 Oussama Haddadi
CM 13 Ferjani Sassi YC 44' Substituted off 46'
CM 17 Ellyes Skhiri
CM 20 Ghailene Chaalali YC 90+3'
RF 8 Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
CF 10 Wahbi Khazri Substituted off 89'
LF 23 Naïm Sliti Substituted off 77'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Anice Badri YC 71' Substituted in 46'
MF 15 Ahmed Khalil Substituted in 77'
MF 18 Bassem Srarfi Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Nabil Maâloul

Man of the Match:
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Tunisia)[45]

Assistant referees:[44]
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)
Taleb Al Maari (Qatar)
Fourth official:
Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
Reserve assistant referee:
Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan)
Video assistant referee:
Tiago Martins (Portugal)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

Discipline

Fair play points would have been used as tiebreakers if the overall and head-to-head records of teams had been tied. These were calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[2]

  • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
  • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
  • direct red card: minus 4 points;
  • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;

Only one of the above deductions would be applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Yellow cardRed card YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Yellow cardRed card YC Yellow cardYellow cardRed card Red card Yellow cardRed card
 England 1 1 −2
 Tunisia 1 3 −4
 Belgium 3 2 −5
 Panama 5 3 3 −11

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External links

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G, FIFA.com
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