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Manchester City At The World Cup - Blues Stars Begin To Shine

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Stones Becomes First Blue To Score For England At World Cup Since 1982  

England v Panama: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
John Stones Scores His Second And England’s Fourth As England Thrash Panama 6-1
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Manchester City players are having a fine World Cup as the tournament enters its second week.

On Friday, Gabriel Jesus lined up for Brazil in their 2-0 win over Costa Rica, although they did have to wait until the first minute of injury time to open the scoring. Jesus was substituted for teammate Fernandinho in the third minute of injury time, before Brazil wrapped up the points to send them top of the group.

City defender Danilo had picked up an injury and did not make the squad, while goalkeeper Ederson was again on the bench. The other match in Group E saw former blue Aleksander Kolarov’s Serbia beaten 2-1 by Switzerland.

On Saturday, Kevin de Bruyne’s Belgium cruised to a 5-1 win over Tunisia. De Bruyne didn’t score or provide any assists in the match, but the manner in which they took Tunisia apart looked ominous for England as the two meet on Thursday.

The evening match saw Ilkay Gundogan make an appearance from the substitutes bench. with the City man replaced Rudy in the 31st minute of their match against Sweden. Having lost their first match against Mexico, the reigning champions looked on the brink of an early exit, but scored in the last minute of injury time to keep their hopes of retaining the title alive.

Sunday saw England take to the field against Panama, with John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling all start for City. At it was defender Stones who gave England the lead after nine minutes, powering home a header from an England corner. Harry Kane scored a penalty and Sterling teed up Jesse Lindgard to send England 3-0 up, before Stones struck again. Sterling was again involved, his header being saved by the keeper, but Stones pounced on the rebound to head in and make it 4-0.

Kane made it 5-0 before half-time and completed a hat-trick in the second half. Fabian Delph entered the field, replacing Lingard after 53 minutes.

Blues are again inaction on Monday, as the two Silva’s aim to secure qualification. Bernardo’s Portugal face Iran and David’s Spain take on Morocco, where victory will see them both qualify.