Bukayo Saka stars as England open FIFA World Cup campaign with 6-2 thrashing of Iran Football News

New Delhi: England made their debut fifa world cup 2022 The campaign kicked off with an emphatic 6–2 win over Iran in their first Group B match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. a brace from Bukayo Saka and attacks Jude Bellingham And Raheem Sterling, marcus rashford And Jack Grealish Helped England to complete the defeat.
It was only the second time that England had scored five or more goals in a major tournament match. The first time they did this was against Panama (6-1) in the 2018 World Cup. Both have come under Gareth Southgate.
England made a mockery of Iran’s defense in the match by scoring three goals in each half Mehdi Teremi Remained the lone scorer for Iran.

The second match of the tournament also saw VAR result in Iran receiving a penalty for a minor shirt pull and Taremi successfully converted it for a consolation in the dying seconds of the match.
The match also took place against a backdrop of turmoil in Iran following months of women-led protests following the custodial death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman of Kurdish origin who was arrested by morality police in Tehran.
Iran’s players refused to sing their national anthem in apparent support of anti-government protesters.
England came into the tournament without a win in six matches, but a dynamic start saw Bellingham score his first England goal on 45 minutes, Saka double the lead and Sterling grabbed the third set strolling into the second half .

Saka’s second goal after the break allowed him to take his foot off the gas and opened the door for Iran to pull one back through Mehdi Taremi, before Rashford and Grealish rounded off England’s scoring. .
England’s cause was helped when Iran’s influential goalkeeper Alireza Baranvand was forced off the pitch after an ill-fated clash of heads with a teammate but he took full advantage.
England midfielder Bellingham, 19, underlined why some of Europe’s biggest clubs have caught his eye as he pouted like a Rolls-Royce in the engine room and his opening goal powered England’s way to the Khalifa International Stadium But was made to stand.
Timing his run perfectly, Bellingham rose to meet Luke Shaw’s cross from the left, and curled a looping header over the keeper and into the top corner in the 35th minute to score at the World Cup for the first time in 2000. Became the first player born after.

Shaw was again the provider for England’s second goal as his corner was headed back into Saka’s area by Harry Maguire, who volleyed it skilfully into the top corner.
The game was effectively over as a contest when Bellingham was once again involved in the buildup after Sterling added a third, finishing with the outside of his boot on a volley from Harry Kane’s cross.
England were not done though, as Saka netted his second in the 62nd minute.
Sterling, whose place in the side was under scrutiny after mixed form for Chelsea, turned into midfield and fed Saka, who darted inside before dropping his shoulder and calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Iran pulled one back when Vahid Amiri fed Taremi and he blasted into the top corner past England keeper Jordan Pickford, but Rashford came in for England’s replacement in the 70th minute and slotted in his side’s fifth moments later. Cut inside a defender before doing so.
England’s Grealish headed home the sixth from close range in the 90th minute after fellow substitute Callum Wilson’s run and cross, before Taremi’s late spot kick.
England will play their second match against the United States on Friday and will conclude their Group B fixtures against Wales on 29 November.
(with agency inputs)

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