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All the factz on England v Panama in group G at the World Cup, including which TV channel its on

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England take on Panama in World Cup group G today, in a match that could see one team book their place in the last 16 and another their tickets home. The match kicks off at 1pm BST and it is live on BBC1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This is the first ever meeting between the sides.
* If England win, they will be through to the knockout stage. A draw, and they will need a point against Belgium to go through.
* Panama need to win to have a realistic chance of progressing to the knockout stage. A loss and they are out. A draw and they will need to beat Tunisia and hope England lose to Belgium.
* England are unbeaten in 11 matches (8 wins).
* In the opening match, Harry Kane became the first man to score two goals in a match at the World Cup finals since Gary Lineker did against Cameroon in 1990.
* Panama have lost 5 of their last 8 international matches, winning just one.
* England have only won their opening two matches at a World Cup twice before – in 1982 and 2006.
* Panama’s nickname is Los Canaleros – The Canal Men.
* Kane has scored 10 goals in his last 8 appearances for the Three Lions.
* Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez was in charge of Columbia when they lost 2-0 to England at France 98. England boss Gareth Southgate was on the bench for England that day.

All the factz on Germany v Sweden in group F at the World Cup, including which TV channel its on

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Another vital game at the World Cup, with Germany looking to kick-start their campaign after an opening game defeat, and Sweden looking to get close to qualifying for the knockout stage. The match kicks off at 7pm BST and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* If Sweden win, they will be through. A draw, and a result in their final match will ensure they progress. Lose, and they need to win to have any chance of progressing.
* If Germany lose, they will be out. A win, and their fate is in their own hands in their final match against South Korea. A draw, and they will be relying on Mexico beating Sweden.
* Germany haven’t gone out of a World Cup at the group stage since 1938.
* Sweden haven’t beaten Germany since reunification. Their last win against West Germany came in 1978.
* Expect goals tonight: their two most recent fixtures ended 4-4 and 5-3 to Germany.
* Sweden haven’t won consecutive matches at the World Cup since 1958 – and they made it to the final then.
* Thomas Muller has 10 World Cup finals goals – 6 behind record holder and countryman Miroslav Klose.
* Germany have won 1 of their last 7 matches.
* Sweden are inconsistent: they’ve won 4, drawn 3 and lost 3 of their last 10 games.
* Sweden have scored just 1 goal in their last 5 matches.

Liverpool line up huge bid for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio

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Liverpool are willing to pay an astonishing £158 million to bring Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio to Anfield, according to reports.

Various Spanish media outlets have reported Liverpool have tabled a ‘firm offer’ for the 22-year-old playmaker.

Moreover, the reports have not been denied by Real Madrid, giving some credence to this rumour.

Asensio is rated as one of the brightest talents in Spanish football, and is already an international for Spain – he is currently at the World Cup in Russia – although he was not a regular starter for Madrid last season.

A bid of this size would be enough to convince Madrid bosses to part with a player of massive potential.

It would also give them the financial clout to make a world-record bid for Paris St-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar, who would be the marquee signing Madrid are craving as they seek to depose Barcelona as champions of Spain.

Asensio himself is said to be becoming frustrated at his lack of starts at Madrid and could be open to a move.

However, it is not known if new Madrid manager Julien Lopetegui would be willing to sell him. Plus, Asensio has a €700 million release clause in his contract, but it is thought it is only theoretical and a huge bid such as Liverpool’s could be enough.

If – and it’s a big if – he deal happens it will be the second largest in history, behind only the £200 million PSG paid Barca for Neymar last summer.

All the factz on Belgium v Tunisia in World Cup group G, including which TV channel its on

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Belgium take on Tunisia in World Cup group G today, with the Europeans needing a win to go through to the next stage, while Tunisia need a result to keep their hopes of progressing alive. The match kicks off at 1pm BST and it is live on BBC1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This is the 4th meeting between the sides. The previous three have resulted in a win apiece and a draw.
* That draw came in the group stage at the 2002 World Cup.
* A win for Belgium would see them through to the knockout stage. A draw or defeat would leave their fate in their own hands in their final group match.
* Of Tunisia lose, they will be out. A draw would mean it would be unlikely they would qualify. But if they win, they could qualify with a victory over Panama in their final group match.
* Belgium have only failed to get past the group stage at the World Cup once, in 1998.
* Tunisia haven’t won a World Cup finals match since 1978 – a run of 12 matches.
* Tunisia have scored from their only shot on target at this World Cup – although that was a penalty.
* Romelu Lukaku has scored 15 goals in his last 10 appearances for Belgium.
* And if he scores today he will equal Jan Cuelemans’ record of 6 goals in major tournaments for Belgium.
* Tunisia have kept 1 clean sheet in the World Cup finals. Again that came in 1978, in a 0-0 draw with West Germany.