Football World Cup 2022: England with a thumping victory against Iran – Netherlands win late

Football World Cup Qatar, Day 2
Netherlands win late – Serious injury in England’s thrashing

Footballers in all-orange jerseys, shorts and socks stand together on the pitch to celebrate a goal

The Dutch had to be patient before celebrating the first goal against Senegal

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The Three Lions didn’t show any weakness in the first group B match and outclassed Iran. A serious head injury overshadowed the game. The Netherlands needed a lot of patience against Senegal.

Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen have the Netherlands helped to make a perfect debut at the World Cup. The three-time finalist won 2-0 (0-0) against Senegal at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Monday, putting coach Louis van Gaal’s selection in a good position to advance to the next round. After Gakpo (84th minute) late 1:0, Klaasen (90+9) made the decision.

The African champions, who have to do without their injured superstar Sadio Mané in the tournament, are worried about qualifying for the round of 16 in their third appearance at the World Cup and now need to play against the hosts in their second tournament game Qatar desperate for a win. Goalkeeper and debutant Andries Noppert kept a good performance in his first international match without conceding a goal.

England 6-2 Iran

Co-favorite England defied the hype about the symbolic colorful captain’s armband and set the first sporting exclamation mark in Qatar with the highest opening World Cup win in their history. The team around goalscorer Jude Bellingham, where captain Harry Kane did not have the “One Love” armband for diversity on his arm after the announced sanctions from Fifa, won 6-2 (3-0) in Al-Rajjan on Monday the overwhelmed outsider Iran and so impressively demonstrated his ambitions for the title.

In front of 45,334 spectators, some of whom were late to the stadium due to problems with the ticketing app, Bellingham (35th minute) scored the opening goal for head coach Gareth Southgate’s team. Wingers Bukayo Saka (43’/62′), Raheem Sterling (45’+1′), Marcus Rashford (71′) and Jack Grealish (90′) scored more goals. For England it was the first win since March, in the summer there was not a single success in six Nations League games. More than two goals by Mehdi Taremi (65th / 90th + 13 / penalty) were not possible for Iran.

Iran protests and ban on armband

Even before kick-off at the Khalifa International Stadium, which also hosted the 2019 World Athletics Championships, the game was highly political and symbolic. England-Captain Kane did not wear the armband because FIFA threatened to sanction the campaign by several European associations with yellow cards and other penalties as a sign of diversity. A week ago, the FA association announced that it would also accept penalties for the diversity sign. Now those responsible emphasized that they did not want to get the players on the pitch in trouble.

The signs of the outsider were all the more visible – but in a completely different matter. Some Iranian fans showed their solidarity with the protests at home by wearing shirts that read “Women, Life, Freedom”. For weeks, Iran has been rocked by the worst protests in decades. The death of a young woman in police custody had triggered this, and the security apparatus reacted with harshness. The Iranian players were silent during the anthem, the fans made additional noise – this is also understood as a protest.


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