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Panama manager Hernan Dario Gomez says they were frightened

Belgium v Panama: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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England’s explosive performance in the first half left the Panama squad frightened and the coach fearing one of the biggest defeats in World Cup history.

Gareth Southgate’s men secured their place in the last-16 phase of the tournament with the help of Kane’s hattrick, John Stones’ brace and Jesse Lingard’s magnificent execution of the set-piece.

“Well, I think that the difference of goals could have been more – we could have actually conceded more goals,” Gomez said, according to the Daily Mail.

“As to our football, we’ve tried to play against England but there’s a huge difference between our two teams.”

“To concede five goals in the first half, two penalties, two set-pieces, where England were very, very effective, well, what we did was try to avoid a bigger catastrophe.”

“We managed to keep the ball in the second half a little bit more and we kept playing in an orderly fashion because had we not done that it wouldn’t have been six goals but far more,” Gomez went on to add.