1-on-1 with Geoff Hurst: 'It changes your life'

Geoff Hurst remains the only man ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. The England legend reflects on his unrivalled achievement that dates back to the 1966 World Cup final.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 6:55 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2018 6:55 PM

Few countries fail to live up to national expectations at big tournaments so consistently as England.

And in a sweaty Volgograd on Monday, England kept their long suffering fans on tenterhooks until the game's closing minutes when team captain Harry Kane headed in the winner in a 2-1 victory at Russia 2018

Kane had opened the scoring for England -- his first goal in a World Cup -- before a penalty from Ferjani Sassi pulled Tunisia level.

Kane's second goal gave England their first victory at a World Cup finals since they beat Slovenia in the group stages of South Africa 2010.

And with pre-tournament favorites such as Brazil, Germany and Argentina all getting off to faltering starts, England will be happy to stay in touch with Group G rivals Belgium who defeated Panama 3-0 earlier on Monday.

For Tunisia, defeat marks a 12th straight World Cup finals match without a win, a run that stretches all the way back to Argentina in 1978.

Only 2,500 England fans made the trip to Volgograd, according to the British embassy in Russia.

Political relations between Britain and Russia have been strained after the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal earlier this year.

Those who did make the journey to Volgograd had to deal with an influx of flying insects which had engulfed the stadium before the match.

Players could be seen spraying themselves with insect repellent prior to kick-off.

Once the action got underway, however, there seemed to be little problem for either side save for the odd midge that required swatting aside.

READ: US and Chinese fans snap up World Cup tickets

Jesse Lingard's early strike was turned away by Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal as England started brightly.

Gareth Southgate's team didn't have long to wait before the deadlock was broken. John Stones' bullet header was clawed away by Hassen but Kane was on hand to fire in the rebound.

Hassen would soon have to leave the pitch after picking up a shoulder injury, to be replaced by Farouk Ben Mustapha.

Tunisia equalized on 34 minutes after a straying Kyle Walker arm caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the box.

Referee Wilmar Rodan of Colombia immediately pointed to the spot and Sassi cooly slotted past Jordan Pickford to score the first goal by an African side at Russia 2018.

England seemed riled by the concession of the penalty and Lingard twice came close to restoring the lead before half time.

While the second period failed to provide the same level of entertainment, Kane's late strike ensured there was a dramatic denouement.

Back in England, fans watching on a big screen at Brighton Beach on the country's south coast celebrated wildly.

But the mood was more somber in Tunisia where many had gathered to follow the action at the ancient Roman Coliseum of in El-Jem, south of Tunis.

Tunisia will now look to bounce back in its second game against the much fancied Belgium while England will play World Cup debutants Panama.

Belgium beats Panama

In the end experience, talent and know-how told as Belgium swept aside underdogs Panama -- but the performance was not as emphatic as the 3-0 scoreline suggests.

Panama had never competed at a World Cup before and such was the country's joy at qualifying for Russia 2018 that President Juan Carlos Varela declared a national holiday.

Few fancied the South Americans to trouble Belgium, but for 46 minutes the team ranked 55 in the world caused Roberto Martinez's men a headache.

It was only in the second half that the Red Devils made sure they did not to follow in the footsteps of Germany, Argentina and Brazil in succumbing to a surprise result in their opening game of the tournament.

A stunning volley from Dries Mertens and two goals from Romelu Lukaku sealed victory and three points for a Belgium team with trickier opponents, in the form of England and Tunisia, to come.

READ: Brazil held by Switzerland

READ: Iceland's remarkable journey to the World Cup

Such is the talent at Belgium's disposal -- Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Manchester United Lukaku -- that the squad has been labeled the country's 'golden generation.'

The expectation on the squad is justified, with the Red Devils scoring a joint European record of 43 goals in an unbeaten qualifying campaign.

But, as Belgium manager Martinez said before the match, "World Cups don't respect any generations" and so it proved in the first half as an edgy Belgium failed to impress.

For possession and territory, it was Belgium's half, but they lacked urgency and only managed four attempts on target and, understandably, Panama's traveling fans were ecstatic when the whistle blew for halftime.

Mertens forced a save from Jaime Penedo in the sixth minute and captain Roman Torres nicked the ball from Lukaku's path for what looked likely to be a simple tap-in, but first-half highlights were short and unspectacular.

Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos

The opening goal was worth the wait, however, with Mertens, standing to the right of goal, volleying into the opposite side from 12 yards.

Those expecting a Belgium procession from there on were to be disappointed as Michael Murillo was given freedom to roam into the opposition box and only a fine save from Thibaut Courtois prevented the underdogs from leveling.

But when Lukaku headed home De Bruyne's peachy pass from close range in the 69th minute for his 37th international goal, the result was in little doubt.

Six minutes later, after being put through by the relatively quiet Hazard, Lukaku coolly slotted home for his second and ended the game as a contest.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 119066

Reported Deaths: 3612
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion21563768
Lake10745324
Elkhart6734112
St. Joseph6679115
Allen6364205
Hamilton4965109
Vanderburgh384231
Hendricks2779124
Monroe267137
Tippecanoe259013
Johnson2362125
Clark226757
Porter222447
Delaware201162
Cass19589
Vigo187928
Madison171475
LaPorte151941
Warrick140743
Floyd140464
Howard133964
Kosciusko127117
Bartholomew119357
Marshall102124
Dubois100919
Boone99746
Grant96636
Hancock94843
Noble92932
Henry82226
Jackson77610
Wayne77314
Morgan73940
Shelby68329
Daviess68129
Dearborn67928
LaGrange64711
Clinton63414
Harrison59824
Putnam59011
Gibson5455
Knox5379
Lawrence51829
Montgomery51321
DeKalb49111
White48814
Decatur46139
Miami4394
Greene42936
Fayette42314
Jasper4032
Steuben3977
Scott39311
Posey3541
Sullivan33812
Jennings31712
Franklin31525
Clay3105
Ripley3108
Orange28724
Whitley2876
Carroll28013
Adams2773
Wabash2758
Starke2737
Washington2702
Wells2694
Spencer2683
Jefferson2523
Huntington2503
Fulton2462
Tipton22922
Randolph2238
Perry22213
Jay1920
Newton17411
Owen1711
Martin1690
Pike1691
Rush1584
Vermillion1320
Fountain1302
Blackford1223
Pulaski1141
Crawford1100
Parke1072
Brown1033
Benton860
Ohio797
Union790
Switzerland690
Warren411
Unassigned0227

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 152907

Reported Deaths: 4783
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin27283615
Cuyahoga17603657
Hamilton13340321
Montgomery7993166
Lucas7377364
Butler6151112
Summit5393252
Warren313649
Mahoning3114282
Marion311447
Stark2946175
Pickaway268445
Lorain234286
Delaware232821
Fairfield214654
Licking196063
Columbiana195180
Wood194273
Trumbull1921132
Clark185341
Clermont176123
Lake166051
Greene153634
Medina149339
Miami147652
Allen147372
Portage117766
Mercer113919
Erie96047
Tuscarawas94320
Wayne94268
Richland94119
Ross90426
Madison85512
Darke81144
Athens7402
Geauga73349
Hancock73110
Belmont72427
Lawrence68622
Shelby66910
Ashtabula66248
Auglaize62511
Putnam62523
Sandusky58720
Huron5727
Union5512
Scioto5287
Seneca49514
Ottawa47230
Muskingum4553
Preble44716
Holmes3999
Jefferson3424
Henry33715
Defiance33212
Champaign3143
Logan3143
Clinton30512
Perry3039
Fulton2991
Brown2923
Knox28915
Jackson2667
Washington26323
Morrow2622
Hardin25713
Ashland2484
Crawford2486
Coshocton23511
Fayette2346
Highland2313
Williams2163
Wyandot21512
Pike2040
Gallia19713
Meigs17711
Guernsey1748
Hocking1679
Carroll1527
Adams1374
Van Wert1283
Paulding1130
Monroe11018
Harrison643
Morgan500
Vinton483
Noble350
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 50°
Angola
48° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 45°
Huntington
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 44°
Decatur
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 44°
Van Wert
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 44°
Few Showers Wednesday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events