England's team captain saves his team from disaster with stoppage-time header to beat Tunisia

Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty ImagesHarry Kane of England (L) celebrates.
  • England started off its 2018 World Cup run with a win against Tunisia on Monday.
  • The match was far closer than many thought it would be, with team captain Harry Kane netting a game-winning header in the final minutes to save his team from disaster.
  • With the win, England is well positioned to advance out of the group stage, with a crucial matchup against Belgium looming on the horizon.

The opening matches of the 2018 World Cup have seen surprising results from the favourites of the tournament, with Argentina suffering a draw at the hands of Iceland, Germany falling to Mexico, and Spain being held to a draw against Portugal thanks to the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

On a buggy Monday night, it appeared as though England would suffer a similar fate.

After a blistering start that made it look as though England would win the game going away, Tunisia allowed just one goal before settling into a defensive front that refused to break. After a poor penalty given up by Kyle Walker, Tunisia knotted the game at 1-1 heading into halftime.

Things stayed that way until the closing minutes, with the Three Lions needing a miracle to save a winning result.

They found one in the form of a header from Harry Kane, whose uncanny ability to find himself in the right place at the right time once again pushed his team beyond the brink.

With three points secured, England is well positioned to escape the group stage, with an upcoming matchup against Belgium likely to determine which team takes the honour of winning the group.

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