At the Khalifa International Stadium, England beat Iran 6-2 to kick-start their 2022 World Cup campaign. In addition to Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish scoring one goal each, Bukayo Saka scored two goals for the England team. Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand collided with teammate Majid Hosseini and suffered a severe setback. In the 19th minute, Beiranvand needed a stretcher. With both talent and speed, England showed a convincing performance.
Jude Bellingham ensured England scored a goal in the 35th minute at the 2022 World Cup. Eight minutes later, Bukayo Saka doubled the lead for Gareth Southgate’s side to give them a 2–0 lead. Raheem Sterling made it 3-0 in first half stoppage time. England went into half time with a healthy 3-0 lead.
In the second half, Saka scored his second goal of the game to make it 4–0 when he found the net in the 62nd minute. Three minutes later Iran also managed to find the nets as Mehdi Taremi scored the first goal of the tournament to make the score 4-1 in favor of the England side. Marcus Rashford helped England restore their four-goal lead as he scored the fifth for his side to take a 5–1 lead. Jack Grealish also joined the side, scoring in the 89th minute as England extended their lead to 6–1.
Iran were close to another goal as Sardar Azmoun raced through in stoppage time, but Jordan Pickford saved his attempt on the crossbar with a fingertip. Iran were awarded a late penalty after a VAR check for a foul on Morteza Pouraliganji that saw Taremi score his second goal of the match. The match ended 6–2 in England’s favour.
The England team were a much better side on the day, having 78 per cent of possession compared to Iran, who had only 22 per cent. England also had seven shots on target compared to Iran, with only three shots on target. England had eight corners compared to Iran which had none. Iran committed 14 offenses while England committed 9. England created chances throughout the game and converted many of them into brilliant goals. England now take on the USA and Wales in their next encounters.