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FIFA World Cup: Need To Better Game- England After Win Over Iran

Doha [Qatar]: Even after a thumping 6-2 win over Iran, in the FIFA World Cup opening match for England, manager Gareth Southgate did not look pleased.

He was unhappy with his side conceding two goals in the second half and said that they will need to play better against the US.

England started their World Cup 2022 campaign in style decimating Iran 6-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar on Monday.

England got off to a great start in the first half, leading by 3-0 before adding three more goals in the second half.

But Southgate was not happy with the way his side let Iran score two goals later in the game. He warned his players that the sloppiness could end their World Cup campaign early

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“We are really pleased to start the tournament in this way and really pleased with our attacking play. We know that Iran is difficult to score goals against so it is a credit to our players for the movement, the quality of our passing and finishing,” said Southgate as quoted by Sky Sports.

“At the end of the game, to concede two goals the way we did is not the level we need. We need to be better than we were today against the USA because they will be coming for us full throttle. We will have to reset.”

“I do not like games that drift and there were so many added minutes in both halves. I understand games drift, but that would not be enough for us to progress. We still have a lot to do to qualify,” he concluded.

Bukayo Saka scored a brace for the English team while Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish scored a goal each.

England gave a dominant performance which combined skill with speed.

Jude Bellingham got England off the mark in the World Cup 2022 scoring a goal in the 35th minute. Eight minutes later, Bukayo Saka doubled the lead for Gareth Southgate’s side to give them a 2-0 lead. Raheem Sterling made it 3-0 in the injury time of the first half.

England went into half-time with a healthy lead of 3-0.

In the second half, Saka scored his second goal of the match to make it 4-0 as he found the net in the 62nd minute.

Three minutes later Iran too managed to find the nets as Mehdi Taremi scored the team’s first goal of the tournament and the scoreline read 4-1 in the English side’s favour.

Marcus Rashford helped England restore their four-goal lead as he struck the fifth goal for his side to take a 5-1 lead. Jack Grealish too joined the party scoring in the 89th minute as England stretched their lead to 6-1.

Iran came close to scoring another goal as Sardar Azmoun raced through in stoppage time, but Jordan Pickford produced a fingertip save to turn his effort onto the bar.

Iran got a late penalty after a VAR check for a foul on Morteza Pouraliganji which resulted in Taremi scoring his second goal of the match. The match ended 6-2 in England’s favour.

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