England overran Iran with a spectacular 6-2 win in group B to kickstart their FIFA World Cup 2022 journey.
Group B in the FIFA World Cup 2022 kicked off with a goal fest between England and Iran. Although, the match was far away from the thrilling encounter the fans would have hoped for, it was certainly worth watching. England, who had their fair share of doubts before the World Cup began their campaign with a wonderful overall display. Goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish sealed a 6-2 win for the English. Mehdi Taremi could only a grab a consolation brace for Iran. Here are some key talking points from the game.
Jude Bellingham got the breakthrough for England after an initial slow start to the game. The teenager who is one of the hottest properties in world football right now, delivered a breathtaking performance. A late run into the box benefitted him as he headed in from a Luke Shaw cross. Bellingham would have numerous top clubs watching him and he certainly put on a performance to be remembered for. It was his overall play apart from the goal that saw him deliver a perfect midfielder display.
Although, Raheem Sterling is one of the first names on the England team sheet and one of Gareth Southgate’s favourites, his place wasn’t completely justified in the XI. A poor start to his Chelsea career with only three goal Premier League goals, Sterling was undoubtedly low on confidence. However, the former Manchester City man put on a good shift rewarded with a goal. It was a very well taken goal with a volleyed finish from a Harry Kane cross.
There was no doubt that England were the favourites in the game but Iran certainly didn’t help themselves. Unfortunate with an early injury to goalkeeper, Beiranvand, Iran just fell apart from there on. A poor defensive display certainly would have given Carlos Queiroz a headache heading further in the tournament. Iran now face an uphill task in the group with games against Wales and the USA still to come.