England has started their World Cup campaign with an absolute bang as they completely demolish their opposition, Iran, in a shameful 6-2 defeat for the Group B opening match. The English are one of the favorites to bring back the Cup home this year, and their inaugural match speaks for itself.
The three-lions have tied up their personal best of the highest number of goals scored in a single World Cup match, matching their 6 total goals against Panama in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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The Harry Kane-led team had tremendous dominance throughout the match, which lasted more than 100 minutes with the added stoppage time. The English had controlled the game’s momentum with 70% of ball possession throughout the play, with the Iranian side barely getting their hands on the ball, let alone make chances for goals.
No doubt, the star of the match was the most confident 21-year-old Bukayo Saka, who has now scored more World Cup than Wayne Rooney, has engraved his name in the scoring bracket with a brace in his debut FIFA World Cup match itself, scoring two goals in the 43rd and 62nd minutes, respectively. The English scorers Bellingham, Saka, Sterling, Rushford, and Grealish opened the account for England and expanded it further like child’s play. The most awaited goal from Harry Kane, the ‘hurricane,’ didn’t sadly arrive this match; instead, the ‘captain perfect’ delivered two perfect slow-touch assists to expand the goal difference for his team even wider.
Iranian side saw their defense being penetrated throughout the match, with the English scoring 50% of their strikes on goal; the danger never fully subsided. On the other hand, the tough defense of the English team refused to let Iran in more than once.
The confidence of the substitute goalkeeper for Iran had been shattered even further when the substituted forwards netted their bids, Rushford and Grealish, in the 71st and 89th minute, respectively.
The best part about the match played in the Khalifa international stadium was that despite being beaten down and the depressing scoreline, they refused to bow down to the English dominance and kept fighting back till the last minute of the play.
The opener for the Iranian side came in the 65th minute by Mehdi Taremi and owing to the violent sandwiched play by English defenders, he scored another penalty at 90+13 minutes of the game to make their loss a little less embarrassing.