England hammered six goals past Iran in their 2022 FIFA World Cup group B opener on Monday to record a 6-2 victory over the Asian giants. The Three Lions were favorites to win the clash, but few could have predicted the outcome would be such a one-sided scoreline as Gareth Southgate’s men had too much in the tank.
Jude Bellingham opened the scoring for England in the 35th minute, followed by a brace from Bukayo Saka, while Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish all got their names on the scoresheet. For Iran, Mehdi Taremi scored a brace to give some cheer to the Iranian supporters.
Rashford and Saka had both missed vital penalties at Euro 2022 for England as the Three Lions lost last year’s European Championship final, and faced racial abuse from many fans. The two youngsters scored against Iran, in the first major international match since that final.
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The win helped the Three Lions top Group B, albeit temporarily, with the USA and Wales in action later in the day.
It was Bellingham, the 19-year-old who kicked off the goal fest with a sublime header shortly after the half hour mark, having been expertly found by Luke Shaw after a good build-up.
Bukayo Saka then scored a superb second goal and doubled England’s lead with a superb finish from his left foot, which fired into the roof of the net. His second goal was even better as the youngster drove through on goal and beat a pair of defenders before scoring his side’s fourth goal.
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Raheem Sterling ended the game with a third goal for the Three Lions, getting the end of a cross from Kane to finish with confidence.
Mehdi Taremi scores the first goal for Iran against England#ENGIRN @England @TeamMelliIran #Qatar2022 | #FIFA world cup pic.twitter.com/6YIIeo89NS— Marsal Qatar English (@MarsalQatar_EN) November 21, 2022
Marcus Rashford scores England’s fifth goal against Iran#ENGIRN @England @TeamMelliIran #Qatar2022 | #FIFA world cup pic.twitter.com/m4055TDXgX— Marsal Qatar English (@MarsalQatar_EN) November 21, 2022
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Mehdi Taremi scores the second goal for Iran against England#ENGIRN @England @TeamMelliIran #Qatar2022 | #FIFA world cup pic.twitter.com/MxHXxBB7IZ— Marsal Qatar English (@MarsalQatar_EN) November 21, 2022
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