England's match against Iran was held at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar, Monday (21/11) decorated with goals. Eight goals were presented when England won a 6-2 victory over their opponents.
With this result, Gareth Southgate is now writing his name in the history books as the England national team coach with the most wins in major tournaments (World Cup/Europe). Southgate is now packing nine wins, surpassing Sir Alf Ramsey's record.
In addition, this is also England's biggest win in the opening match of the tournament (World Cup / Europe). This is also the second time England has scored six goals at the World Cup. Previously they won 6-1 over Panama in 2018.
England immediately tried to show dominance since the game started. By playing a fairly fast game tempo, British troops made it difficult for Iran to build the game.
Disaster came to Iran when their goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand, collided with his partner, Majid Hosseini, in the 12th minute. After receiving treatment, Iran finally included backup goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini in the 19th minute.
Although able to improve the pattern of play, Iran still had quite difficulty creating opportunities after The Three Lions performed solidly.
England was finally able to break the deadlock after Jude Bellingham was able to break into Iran's goal with a header from Luke Shaw's pass in the 35th minute. Now England is winning 1-0 over Iran.
In the 43rd minute, Bukayo Saka doubled England's lead after being able to take advantage of Harry Maguire's pass. Saka's left kick volleyball was unable to reach the Iranian goalkeeper.
England again added to the lead in the 45+1 minute created by Raheem Sterling. The Chelsea striker leaked Harry Kane's pass into the Iranian goal. England managed to lead 3-0 until halftime.
In the second half, Gareth Southgate's team still controlled the game. Several times the movement of the British attack line had to be dammed with great difficulty by the Iranian defense line.
Continuing to apply pressure, England was able to increase their advantage in the 63rd minute. Through individual action from the right side, Saka swayed before releasing a kick. The ball rolled into Iran's goal for the fourth time.
However, three minutes later, Iran was able to score a goal through Mehdi Taremi who escaped Harry Maguire's escort.
In the 70th minute, England included four players at once, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Eric Dier, and Marcus Rashford.
Having only been on the field for less than a minute, Rashford immediately broke into the Iranian goal. Rashford easily flowed Harry Kane's pass into the Iranian goal. England leads 5-1.
77th minute, Iran gets a golden opportunity. But Taremi looked rushed in the finish. The ball kicks over the goal.
Superior by far, the Three Lions Team still continues to confine Iran's defense. The flow of fastballs is still often a problem for Iran's rearguard.
In the 89th minute, England again broke into Iran's goal. The cooperation of two substitute players led to the sixth goal for England. The goal was scored by Jack Grealish after receiving Callum Wilson's pass from the right. The score changed to 6-1.
Iran managed to make the second goal at the end of the game through the white point. Taremi perfectly carried out his duties in executing the penalty kick to make it 6-2 which lasted until the game was over.