England thrashed Iran 6-2 with authority and the English started their journey in Group B of the Qatar 2022 World Cup on the right foot.
The Three Lions set the tone from the first minute with possession of the ball and with neat handling among their players Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Rahem Sterling, and Mason Mount. Barely in the 12th minute, the Iranian goalkeeper had to leave the field after a brutal blow with a teammate that left his nose damaged.
From the 35th minute England began to be vastly superior on the pitch and they did so with a header from 19-year-old star Jude Bellingham off a pass from Luke Shaw.
The English continued to attack and the second goal came with a good shot from Buyako Saka, from Arsenal, who began to show all the weaknesses of the Iranian defense that could only see the rival movements without opposition.
The third came before the end of the first half, which lasted 14 minutes longer than normal due to the injury to the Iran goalkeeper. This time it was Raheem Sterling’s goal to confirm England’s win on their Qatar 2022 debut.
The second half had less rhythm than the first part, although the English did not reduce the intensity to look for the rival goal. Saka scored the fourth goal at minute 62, then Rashford scored the fifth with just a minute on the field at minute 75 and Jake Grealish He sentenced with the sixth in the 90th minute.
Iran was only able to discount with a double, one from a penalty and another from a play, from their striker Mehdi Taremi, so they will have to recover in their second game against Wales. Iranians were applauded for their protest by not singing the national anthem following protests that have occurred on Iranian soil.
The next match of the day will be between the Netherlands and Senegal for the second match of Group A.
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