England’s quest to finish a prolonged World Cup drought kicked off in model on Monday with Gareth Southgate’s squad claiming an necessary three factors in Group B motion.
Bukayo Saka scored twice and 4 further England gamers every added one purpose apiece because the Three Lions rolled to a 6-2 Matchday 2 win over Iran at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium. Mehdi Taremi scored twice for Iran within the lopsided loss.
Jude Bellingham kickstarted a robust efficiency from the England assault, looping a header into the again of the web within the thirty fifth minute. Luke Shaw’s cross was redirected in direction of Iran’s purpose by the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, leaving Hossein Hosseini to observe as England celebrated the breakthrough second.
Bukayo Saka doubled England’s lead within the forty third minute, blasting dwelling a headed cross from Harry Maguire on the again put up. Maguire rose excessive on a set piece and watched because the Arsenal ahead doubled the Three Lions’ lead.
England added a 3rd purpose earlier than halftime by the connection between Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. Kane’s squared cross allowed Sterling to beat Hosseini and provides the Three Lions a 3-0 benefit going into the break.
Saka added his second purpose of the day within the 62nd minute, benefitting from a deflection to make it 4-0 England.
Taremi pulled a purpose again for Iran within the sixty fifth minute after nice work from Ali Gholizadeh, however England would added additional harm to the Iranian squad.
Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish each added objectives for the Three Lions within the closing 20 minutes of the match earlier than Taremi’s late penalty kick capped the ultimate rating at 6-2.
England subsequent faces the USMNT on Friday whereas Iran takes on Wales.
Senegal 0, Netherlands 2
(Cody Gakpo 84′, Davy Klaassen 90+9′)
The Netherlands have been left annoyed for greater than 80 minutes of Monday’s Group A showdown with Senegal, however finally mustered up two late objectives in a 2-0 victory.
Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen each scored in a 15-minute interval because the Dutch leapfrogged Ecuador into first place. It was additionally the second shutout in Qatar by the opening 5 matches of the group stage.
After each groups struggled to check each other within the closing third, Netherlands goalkeeper Andries Noppert got here up with a clutch save within the sixty fifth minute. Noppert punched away Boulaye Dia’s shot earlier than additionally denying Idrissa Gueye within the 73rd.
The Dutch lastly discovered the breakthrough purpose within the 84th minute by Gakpo’s header on the again put up. Frenkie De Jong’s lethal cross allowed the PSV man to beat Nampalys Mendy in a race and hammer dwelling the opening purpose.
Davy Klaassen arrived on the spot within the 99th minute to slam the door shot on Senegal’s comeback probabilities. Memphis Depay’s earlier shot was denied by Edouard Mendy, however the veteran midfielder capped off the rebound for the Netherlands’ insurance coverage purpose.
Senegal will subsequent face Qatar on Friday whereas the Netherlands tackle Ecuador.