Doha: England left the Khalifa International Stadium and the pubs in England go absolutely bonkers. The Europeans annihilated Iran by scoring six goals against two.
The England vs Iran match was thrilling even before the actual game commenced. Starting off with the One Love Armbands and the Iranian soccer team staying mum during the national anthem, the fans knew they were in for a ride. The English lunged into attack mode as the referee blew the whistle. England made strides early in the game, even with a call for a penalty.
Jude Bellingham opened the goal for the Lions in the 35th minute. The 19-year-old became the first player born after 2000 to score a World Cup goal. In addition, Bellingham became the second youngest English player to score in a World Cup. Bukayo Saka extended the lead at 43′. The Arsenal player braced yet again after halftime, thus adding his name to the top scorer’s list alongside Valencia. Raheem Sterling added the third goal in the extra time in the first half.
Marcus Rashford donned a super-sub role bracing a Kane assist in the seventy-first minute. Jack Grealish finished the annihilation of the Iranians. He celebrated the goal with a style his fan suggested a couple of months back. The Iranians scored twice in the game, both by Tahraemi. The first in the 65th minute, a swift brace into the roof. Tahraemi netted the final goal of the day in 90+12′, a penalty. Pickford’s misjudgment caused a clean sheet steering away but at the end of the day, England’s R16 remained victorious.
Iran is now in a tight spot. They have a huge goal difference to make up for. Group B is that kind of group that can ultimately be decided by mere goal difference. After the antics earlier in the game, Iran is now under thrusting pressure to perform. The Melli needs to do this for the protests and women back home. They in this game failed to keep the goalless momentum of the first thirty minutes. Hosseini who replaced Alireza didn’t stand up to the challenge, failing in a huge way.
England, on the other hand, is boosted by the victory. the worries that fans had have been changed on a big level. Also, it seems like the team chemistry has also picked up to a good extent. It looks like it is finally coming home
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