England thrashed Iran 6-2 in 2022 World Cup’s group B opener.
World Cup 2022 Highlights: England beat Iran 6-2 in the dominant game to open group B in the best way.
It was a huge performance for England, with Jude Bellingham’s opening goal, a brace by Bukayo Saka and strikes from Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.
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England had come close to taking the lead in the Group B opener, with Harry Maguire heading against the crossbar, before Bellingham, steered in a header from a Luke Shaw cross in the 35th minute.
The Borussia Dortmund’s star was was 14 years old during the 2018 World Cup. 4 years later, Bellingham scored his first at the World Cup 2022.
Eight minutes later, England doubled their lead when Maguire climbed highest from a corner to head down for Arsenal’s Saka to score.
After the break, it was already three to nil, in a one-sided first half for England.
Sterling flicked in a cross by captain Harry Kane in first-half stoppage time before Saka bamboozled Iran’s defence and made it 4-0 in the 62nd minute.
498 days ago, Bukayo Saka suffered racial abuse online for missing a penalty in the Euros final. Now, he has a brace in England’s World Cup opener, in the game he was picked ahead of on-form Phil Foden in the staring XI.
Iran’s talisman Mehdi Taremi narrowed the gap for Iran three minutes later but Rashford made it 5-1 and Grealish, also coming off the bench, scored England’s sixth.
Taremi also registered a brace as he scored a consolation second goal for Iran from the penalty spot in the dying seconds.
Strong start for Three Lions
It was a fine and dominant performance for Gareth Southgate’s men in the opening game of 2022 World Cup.
The stats also showed them all:
- 13 shots vs Iran’s 8
- 7 shots on goal vs Iran’s 3
- 78.1% possession vs Iran’s 21.9
- 8 corner kicks vs Iran’s 0
The USA are England’s next opponents, that match taking place at 7pm GMT on Friday evening.
Gareth Southgate’s side then play their final group-stage match against Wales a week tomorrow.
Three Lions huge favorites to top Group B with their 3 points and 6 goals scored against Iran – Wales and the USA face each other this evening in what is likely to be a pivotal clash for second place.