England crushed Iran

England crushed Iran

Jude Bellingham opens his arms and dedicated the first goal to his fans. Great win for England / AFP

The England soccer team reaffirmed its protagonist sheet yesterday and clearly beat its Iran counterpart 6-2, in the match that marked the opening of Group “B” of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. At the “Internacional” stadium Khalifa”, the British team designed a show of practicality and forcefulness to take the first step towards qualifying for the Round of 16.

Gareth Southgate’s team did not need -even- the goalscoring credentials of their top scorer, Harry Kane, who did not celebrate any goal but became -despite what was pointed out- one of the figures of the match. England’s goals were scored by Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka (2), Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rushford and Jack Grealish.

The Iranian discounts were made by the attacker of Porto de Portugal Mehdi Taremi, on both occasions (one of them, through a penalty that sanctioned the VAR).

The English team had a tactical arrangement of four defenders with the offensives of their full-backs Trippier and Shaw, with two containment midfielders and relays Rice and Bellingham, ahead of the creative Saka, Mount and Sterling, beyond the mobility of the striker, Kane.

The Iranians proposed a block defense of five defenders that included three center-backs and two full-backs on the wings, in addition to three other midfielders and a midfielder in attack and attacker Taremi as a reference from the area.

In the first minutes of the match, the United Kingdom team already exhibited superiority and was close to scoring with a quick cross from Kane that could not be connected by the defender Maguire, beyond the fact that the Iranian goalkeeper, Alireza Beiranvand, showed determination to go out to cut

The truth is that the Persepolis goalkeeper paid a dear price for his courage, because he collided with his teammate Majid Hosseini and received such a strong impact on the face, for which he was forced to leave the field of play, some time later, after the match was interrupted for more than 10 minutes.

Beiranvand was replaced by Seyed Hossein Hosseini and allowed a rarity in the history of the World Cup: it was the first change of goalkeeper by the FIFA security protocol against brain concussion, so Iran was authorized to make a total of six modifications, one more to those considered regulatory.

Around half an hour into the game, a good combination between Sterling and Saka could not be nailed down by Mount and on the next play, defender Maguire hit a header from the front that hit the crossbar.

That way of the header came the opening of the scoring after a qualification from Sterling for Shaw, who threw a cross from the left so that Bellingham scored with a great front-end that surpassed the Iranian goalkeeper.

Iran did not react -at minute 42- after a corner, Maguire headed the ball down and Saka, with a left-footed shot in the penalty area, scored the second.

The advantage was extended before the end of the stage with a break from Kane on the right for Sterling’s resolution through the center. 3-0 and matter that seemed closed.

Phil Foden hugs Jack Grealish after closing the win / AFP

And that was just because in the second half, beyond the changes, there were no substantial variations in development.

England kept the game plan, but with less pressure and intensity. That didn’t stop him from stretching the lead in the 16th minute, when Saka -entering from the right- hooked inside and hit a left-footed shot to make it 4-0.

A few minutes later, Iran discounted their first arrival at the rival goal, when Golizadehun enabled the scorer Taremi, who defined very well crossed from the right corner of the six-yard box against the English defensive distraction.

The British woke up quickly so as not to let the rival grow and on the first ball that Rashford touched, he scored the fifth goal for his team.

Grealish’s goal allowed the English to repeat a similar victory (6-1) that they had achieved four years ago in Russia 2018 against Panama, but in the final minute the VAR intervened due to a hold on an Iranian player in the area. Then, referee Claus’s sanction led to the correct execution of Taremi, who put the final plate at 6-2.

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