First up were Kevin de Bruyne’s Belgium, who eased to a 3-0 win over Panama. All three goals came in the second half, with the City midfielder setting up the second, picking out Romelu Lukaku with sublime pass with the outside of his right boot.
Vincent Kompany missed the game with a groin injury, sustained in a warm up match against Portugal. The City captain is also expected to miss Belgium’s next game against Tunisia, but may return for their final group match against England.
The evening game saw Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling all start for England’s opening match against Tunisia. And it was Stones who was denied the opening goal as he jumped highest and headed towards goal from an England corner. The Tunisian keeper made a brilliant save to deny him, but Harry Kane was on hand to hammer home to rebound.
Kyle Walker then appeared to hit an opposition striker in the face to concede a soft penalty, which was converted to make it 1-1. Walker will now join Sterling as an England scapegoat, and the latter was brought off midway through the second half as England toiled to a 2-1 win, while Fabian Delph was an unused substitute.
The blues have no representatives for tomorrow’s game, but the two Silva’s, Portugal’s Bernardo and Spain’s David take to the field on Wednesday, as Portugal take on Morocco and Spain face Iran.
Join us then as we see how our boys get on.