England’s young stars shone as Iran fell big – head injury stole headlines

“The Three Lions” roared and crushed Iran 6-2 in the opening match of Group B.

The match started with a terrible situation in the tenth minute of the match when the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiravand collided with his teammate and was noticeably hurt there.

Despite this, the medical team judged that the goalkeeper was probably fit to try playing on. The match had to go on for a couple more minutes before the goalkeeper signaled to the bench that it was not possible to play on.

– Between the benches there is a neutral team doctor who looks at the pictures and says that this is a concussion, this player should not play any further. That treatment could have gone faster, because it is completely crazy that he continues to play given the intensity of the blow, says expert Jonas Eriksson in SVT.

The young showed the way

After dominating the ball and several goal chances, it was in the 35th minute the young star shot Jude Bellingham who opened the Englishmen’s scoring through a header served by Luke Shaw. The goal was just the 19-year-old Dortmund player’s first international goal and he became England’s second ever teenager to score in a World Cup play-off.

Second super promise Bukayo Saka, everyday at Arsenal, made it 2-0 on the volley with magnificent technique. Raheem Sterling, goalless in the English Premier League since August, took the opportunity to make it 3-0 before the break.

English players cheer.
Bukayo Saka has matured into an obvious starting player in Gareth Southgate’s England.

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In the second half, Saka continued to work magic as he soloed in 4-0 for the English.

In the 65th minute, Iranian attacking star Mehdi Taremi breathed life into the team with a precise reduction. In the goal situation, the next concussion situation was relevant again when Harry Maguire received a blow to the head. Unlike the Iranian medical staff, the English team decided to replace the shaken Maguire with the same one.

Substitute Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish extended the game to 6–1 with a goal each as the air was completely blown out of the Iranian defence.

As a consolation prize, Iran got the last word in the match when Taremi had to put in the match’s second penalty reduction.

The text is updated.

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