Tunisia started their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group G campaign with a 2-1 defeat to England at the Volgograd Arena in Russia on Monday.
The victory took the 3 Lions to next place on the Team G standings following match day a single, while the Carthage Eagles are placed 3rd on the table.
The 3 Lions dominated the game from the start off with their inspirational captain Harry Kane top their assault.
The very first likelihood of the game fell for England midfielder Jesse Lingard, who unleashed a very low shot which was saved by Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen four minutes into the game.
On the other hand, the France-primarily based shot-stopper was then crushed when John Stones’ header was saved by Hassen and Kane pounced and fired home the rebound to make it 1- to England.
The Carthage Eagles then experienced a further blow in the 14th minute as they had to make an early substitution with Hassen wounded and he was replaced by Farouk Mustapha.
Mustapha turned a busy man as he had to cease Jordan Henderson’s prolonged-vary shot in the 18th minute, before denying Harry Maguire, who was seeking to score with a header just following the first half mark.
Tunisia then grew self-assurance and they pushed forward in numbers, with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef seeking lively upfront for the 2004 African champions.
The towering centre-forward was fouled by Kyle Walker within the England box and Tunisia was being awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute.
Ferjani Sassi then stepped up and made no error from the spot-kick as he beat England shot-stopper Jordan Pickford to make it 1-1 for Tunisia.
The 3 Lions then piled tension on the Carthage Eagles defence and they virtually scored in the 39th minute via Stones, who fluffed his left-footed effort from close vary.
The last likelihood of the first half fell for Lingard, who was unfortunate as he managed to beat Mustapha, but his effort strike the upright and Tunisia survived a scare just before the half-time split.
Tunisia and England were being locked 1-1 at the interval subsequent a motion-packed very first half.
The 3 Lions were being the superior facet in the early levels of the next half and they virtually scored from a properly-taken corner-kick by Kieran Trippier.
The diminutive full-back again managed to find his England team-mate Harry Maguire, whose header was conveniently saved by Mustapha seven minutes into the next half.
England head coach Gareth Southgate determined to make a transform 8 minutes following the hour-mark – pulling out the ineffective Raheem Sterling and he released marksman Marcus Rashford.
The Carthage Eagles were being content to sit back again and launch brief-counter assaults, but they could not examination Pickford, who had a tranquil next half in England’s goal-posts.
On the other hand, the Tunisia defence, which was led by Syam Ben Youssef, looked reliable and organised with England attackers battling to penetrate the backline in the closing levels of the game.
On the other hand, England retained probing and they deservedly snatched a late winning goal via Kane, who scored with a header from the blind spot in stoppage time, with the Tunisia defence exposed, and finally, England emerged 2-1 winners.
Tunisia (1) 1 (Sassi 35′)
England (1) 2 (Kane 11′, 90’+1)
Tunisia: Hassen (Mustapha 15′), S. Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul, Sassi, Sliti (Ben Amor 73′), Skhiri, Bronn, Khazri (Khalifa 85′), Badri, F. Ben Youssef.
England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young, Trippier, Henderson, Alli (Loftus-Cheek 80′), Lingard (Dier 90’+2), Sterling (Rashford 68′), Kane.