DOHA: England scripted an ideal begin to their FIFA World Cup 2022 marketing campaign as Gareth Southgate’s facet thrashed Iran 6-2 within the first Group B fixture on the Khalifa International Stadium right here on Monday.
England underlined their title credentials of their first FIFA World Cup match towards struggling Iran and placed on a dominant present.
Southgate’s facet tasted their first success within the 35th minute when Jude Bellingham, unmarked on the penalty spot, guided Luke Shaw’s help to depart Iran’s goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini clueless because the ball blasted into the nets.
Midfielder Bukayo Saka then doubled England’s lead within the 43rd minute after Harry Maguire kicked from the nook and Kieran Trippier nodded it to Saka who let it bounce in entrance of him earlier than firing it into the submit on the bounce.
The European facet have been in scorching kind on the Khalifa International Stadium and a aim from Raheem Sterling off Harry Kane’s help put them in a commanding place earlier than the half-time mark.
Saka then scored once more after the break to retain England’s dominance earlier than Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish joined the scoring so as to add additional to Iran’s distress.
Mehdi Taremi, nonetheless, scored twice for Iran, together with a comfort aim on the penalty that got here within the closing moments of the sport after John Stones dedicated a foul on Taremi by holding the latter’s shirt.
Taremi’s twin strikes turned out inadequate for Iran as England ran away with an emphatic 6-2 victory to begin their world cup marketing campaign in fashion.
England will now tackle the United States of America (USA) on Friday earlier than concluding their Group B fixtures towards Wales on November 29.