England recorded their biggest win at the FIFA World Cup Finals with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Senegal, being three goals to the good inside the opening twenty minutes, and missing a late penalty to boot.
Leighton Baines curled home a fantastic free-kick in the ninth minute, finding the top corner from 24 yards out for his first international goal. Five minutes later, his corner from the left was flicked towards goal by Peter Crouch and Chris Smalling pounced in the six-yard box to turn it home for two-nil.
Again, five minutes later, England extended their lead further. Jack Wilshere had the freedom of the left wing as England won the ball back in the middle. He sent a deep cross towards Peter Crouch that bamboozled ‘keeper Ousmane Mané and centre-back Cheik M’Bengué who collided as the ball dropped in at the far post.
On the half hour mark, Baines got a corner into the box at the second attempt and Wayne Rooney had time to control, turn and slot home from twelve yards out, through the legs of Tom Huddlestone and past the unsighted Senegalese ‘keeper.
England eased-up after the break, but still had time to add a fifth goal. Camara clattered through Wilshere inside the box with three minutes to go, but Ashley Cole saw his penalty hit the post before being put behind for a corner. Straight from the set-piece, Wayne Rooney stole a yard on his marker and headed home Baines’s delivery for five-nil.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 06: GROUP D SENEGAL 0-5 ENGLAND Baines 9 Smalling 14 Wilshere 19 Rooney 30, 88 (Cole m/pen 88) Manaus
GROUP D P W D L F A GD Pts 1. England 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3 2. Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 =. USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 0 4. Senegal 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5 0