Group B at the FIFA World Cup 2022 begins with a goal fest between England and Iran. Although the match was far from the thriller that fans would have expected, it was definitely worth watching. England, who had their fair share of doubts ahead of the World Cup, started their campaign with an amazing overall performance. Goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish gave England a 6–2 victory. Mehdi Taremi could only manage a consolation brace for Iran. Here are some of the key talking points from the game.
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a new star is born
Jude Bellingham got the breakthrough for England after a slow early start to the game. One of the hottest properties in world football at the moment, the teenager delivered a breathtaking performance. He benefited from a late run into the box when he headed in a Luke Shaw cross. Bellingham will have a number of top clubs lined up and he is sure to be ready for a performance to remember. Apart from the goals, it was his overall game that saw him deliver a perfect midfielder performance.
Much needed goal for Raheem Sterling
Although Raheem Sterling is one of the first names on the England team sheet and one of Gareth Southgate’s favourites, his place in the XI was not entirely justified. After a poor start to his Chelsea career with only three Premier League goals, Sterling was undoubtedly short on confidence. However, the former Manchester City player played a fine innings which was rewarded with a goal. It was a very well taken goal with a volleyed finish from Harry Kane’s cross.
There was no doubt that England were the favorites going into the game but Iran certainly didn’t help themselves. Unfortunate with an early injury to goalkeeper, Birnvand, Iran fell apart from there. A poor defensive performance would certainly have given Carlos Queiroz a headache going into the tournament. Iran now face an uphill task in the group, with games against Wales and the USA still to come.