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Iran blown out by England in disappointing World Cup opener

England throttled Iran, 6-2, in each side’s World Cup opener on Monday.

This Iran squad does not hold a candle to that fabled Iran 1978 team. That team had class. Instead, the 2022 squad is the antithesis. Rough-edged footballers with aggression. Regardless, Gareth Southgate is delighted with a win that gives the Three Lions three points in Group B.

With lips sealed during national anthems, Iran’s team entered with heavy legs and heavier hearts. After 90+ minutes, the match ended 6-2. A relatively sober crowd of 45,000 fans at Khalifa Stadium witnessed the 2nd game of the tournament unfurl with eight goals.

Ultimately, England put on a clinic. This performance sends a warning to South American teams that England is Europe’s powerhouse.

Group b matchday 1 – england vs. iran

Carlos Queiroz sent out a 4-3-3 in the Iran World Cup opener to confront Southgate’s 4-2-3-1. The Englishmen dominated possession at 79%. Further, a whopping 90% accuracy on 798 passes. Contrarily, Queiroz’s formation did not come to fruition. In the first 45, Iran morphed into a 4-2-3-1. Two defensive midfielders shielding a flat ‘back four.’

Early doors, Iran was depleted with flat feet. Their strong suit is physicality. Jersey tugs and endless jostling of Englishmen proved to be a constant theme on set-pieces. Despite that, the Three Lions were two steps ahead of the challenges. As a result, Iran commits slide-tackles and toe-stomps.

Nevertheless, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Kane’s crosses invaded Iran’s third from the flank. As a result, aerial infiltrations led to three England goals from Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, and Raheem Sterling. The trio capitalized on two headers and a volley. It was 3-0 at the half, and it could have, perhaps should have, been more.

Furthermore, Kane’s footwork overpowered Milad Mohammadi’s defensive pacing. Despite the Iranian’s great effort, Kane’s peripheral vision pierced through.

Prevalent…


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Author : Ardalan Pourvali

Publish date : 2022-11-21 19:21:52

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