England vs. Iran final score: Bukayo Saka launches the Three Lions and scores a crushing win in World Cup opener

England laid an impressive marker for the upcoming tournament on the first full day of World Cup action in Qatar, Bukayo Saka was their star player in a 6-2 thrashing of Iran.

Although an injury and a suspected concussion in Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand slowed the initial momentum of the bout, soon the Three Lions, more attacking than many might have expected, surged forward. Jude Bellingham became the second-youngest England player to score in the tournament, behind only Michael Owen when he charged into the box to meet Luke Shaw’s cross in the 35th minute. The floodgates were opened, and Saka soon doubled the lead. By half time, it was game over for Iran as Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling finished in third place together.

On a day when all of England’s strikers (and quite a few defenders) shone, Saka was the undisputed star and he equaled Enner Valencia at the top of the early Golden Boot race with a wonderfully low drive. If Gareth Southgate hadn’t made massive changes to a game that was truly out of Iran’s reach, he might well have scored a hat-trick, although his replacement, Marcus Rashford, performed more than adequately. Kane fell deep as usual and the Manchester United forward attacked the space from the right, cut through it from the left and rolled the ball into the bottom corner. Their sixth goal came off the bench, Callum Wilson disinterestedly scoring fellow substitute Jack Grealish to score his first ever goal on the biggest stage.

Mehdi Taremi is on a par with Saka and Valencia, who brought the score to 4-1 after a powerful shot, scoring a penalty in the 13th minute of stoppage time in cold blood, depriving the Three Lions of the chance to repeat a record victory. breakaway at the World Championships. However, already at half-time, head coach Carlos Chieros seemed to know the game was over, making three half-time substitutions with one eye on the upcoming games against the US and Wales. Based on this, England will have to cache a lot at the top of Group B.

Wonderkids give Southgate a dream start

This is exactly what England needed. For all their tournament success over the past four years, their recent unbeaten streak in competitive games has meant their manager has taken his charges out with a sense of grumbling indignation, even some questions as to whether Southgate could be the last one at the helm. Discontent in social networks was somewhat softened by the progressive line-up, but it was the performances of the young people who were trusted on the biggest stage that changed the mood.

Even before the breakthrough, Saka strongly justified his choice to Phil Foden and others. Utterly fearless for a player whose previous tournament game had ended in grief, he played dangerously against Kieran Trippier and was always looking to pick up the pace. His misguided early shot was the first time backup goaltender Hossein Hosseini had been tested and he gave Mason Mount a much better chance. His goal came after Jude Bellingham, almost as flamboyant from the start, opened the scoring, but Saki’s shot was typical of England.

A well-placed corner brought down Harry Maguire, justifying his presence in the English defense with his attacking work, before Saki’s cute shot bounced high in the net. Moments later the game ended, the old guard reminded of the value of tournament experience. When the ball came to Kane through the right channel, he only needed to hit the ball into the near post, confident that his teammate Sterling would attack that space. What he was.

By the time Saka had driven his fourth race in England, those familiar Boxpark Croydon videos were back, beer skyrocketing with delight during lunch. Just a few months after the mutiny, chants of “Southgate, you’re the one” broke out in Molina. One could almost hear the rest of the planet deliberately misunderstanding The Three Lions over and over again (“typical English arrogance”). Even from afar in Russia – and certainly last summer up close – the nation’s support proved to be a driving force for this team. If they were to win their country again, this England team could be a worthy contender.

Political developments looming on both sides

FIFA’s ambition to have a World Cup without politics will most likely never materialize (and frankly, it’s a laughable idea, given that this tournament was a soft power show from the start), keeping everyone silent about the events. in Qatar they may have just turned up the volume.

Before the match, England were informed that they would not be able to make their desired declaration due to wearing “One Love” armbands; If Kane followed the plan of the European countries to wear this item, he might well start the armor game. Still, there was nothing FIFA could do to stop the Three Lions from kneeling down or get Iran to sing along to the national anthem, which seemed like a sign of solidarity as their government cracked down on dissent in the republic. It was not entirely popular with Iranian supporters, although many supported the show.

A large banner reading “Woman, Life, Freedom” above the flag of Iran was raised high in the stadium, as were smaller posters with the phrase “Freedom for Iran”. As happens every four years, one of the biggest events on global television has proven to be a powerful vehicle for spreading the word. How could FIFA know?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *