England 6-2 Iran – World Cup 2022 LIVE RESULT: Grealish slots SIXTH to break record for opening game after Saka double | The Sun

ENGLAND have thrashed Iran 6-2 to record their biggest World Cup opening game win!

Teen star Jude Bellingham opened the scoring to head England in front for his first international goal before Bukayo Saka notched twice either side of a Raheem Sterling strike.

Super subs Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish then ran in England's fifth and sixth before Iran notched a 103rd minute penalty.

  • Result: England 6-2 Iran
  • England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Bellingham; Sterling, Mount, Saka; Kane
  • Iran XI: Beiranvand; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Mohammedi; Nourollahi, Cheshmi, Hajsafi; Jahanbakhsh, Taremi, Karimi


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  • Emillia Hawkins

    Full Time – England 6-2 Iran

    What a performance from England!

    Gareth Southgate couldn't have asked for a better start to the Three Lions' World Cup campaign, especially considering it was the most triumphant of any opening game victory in the country's history!

    Saka and Bellingham were both outstanding throughout, causing numerous problems for Iran with their creativity.

    Rashford and Grealish were also quick to make an impact when they came off the bench, along with Wilson who unselfishly claimed the assist for the sixth goal.

  • Emillia Hawkins

    Full Time – England 6-2 Iran

    That result marks England's biggest ever World Cup opening game win!

    Credit: Getty
  • Emillia Hawkins

    Full Time -England 6-2 Iran

    England take all three points from their opening game in style!

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    Taremi slots the penalty into the bottom right corner, sending Pickford the wrong way!

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    90+10. England 6-1 Iran

    Penalty to Iran!

    Taremi goes to ground following a shirt pull from Stones.

    It's a soft penalty to give away – especially considering the one that Maguire was denied at the start of the game…

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    90+9.England 6-1 Iran

    We're 100 minutes into the game and we have our first VAR check!

    Iran could have a penalty here…

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    90+8.England 6-1 Iran

    Iran come close to scoring a second!

    Teremi sends the ball through to Azmoun, who runs one-on-one with Pickford in goal.

    Azmoun attempts a powerful strike, but the England goalkeeper makes an incredible save to tip it onto the bar!

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    90+7.England 6-1 Iran

    You can tell that England are back at a major tournament – 'Southgate you're the one' is ringing around the stadium!

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    90+2.England 6-1 Iran

    10 minutes have been added on!

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    90+1. England 6-1 Iran

    Wilson latches on to a through ball and runs into the box.

    Just as he looks like he is about to shoot, he squares it to Grealish in the middle who taps the ball into an empty net!

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    It's SIX thanks to Grealish!!!!!

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    83. England 5-1 Iran

    Rashford comes close to scoring a second!

    The winger receives the ball on the right before travelling into the box and unleashing a shot, but his effort is blocked.

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    78. England 5-1 Iran

    Iran have made some changes.

    Karimi, Noorollahi, Jahanbakhsh, Mohammadi and Cheshimi have all been subbed off.

    Ezatolahi, Kanaanizadegen, Torabi, Gholizadeh and Azmoun are on.

  • Alex Terrell

    Inside the ground – redemption for Rashy

    Marcus Rashford has just scored with his first touches of the ball for England since missing a penalty against Italy in the final of Euro2020 at Wembley 16 months ago.

    That is why all the players mobbed him, writes Charlie Wyett.

    Credit: AP
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    77. England 5-1 Iran

    Iran have another chance as Taremi travels into the box with the ball, but his strike flies way over the bar.

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    75. England 5-1 Iran

    Another substitution for England.

    Kane is replaced by Wilson.

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    73. England 5-1 Iran

    Just a few seconds after being introduced, Rashford nets England's fifth of the match!

    The Man Utd star receives the ball on the right before cutting inside and slotting a low driven shot into the bottom left corner.

    Credit: AP
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    Rashford scores with his first touch of the game!

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    70. England 4-1 Iran

    Gareth Southgate makes four substitutions.

    Grealish replaces Sterling.

    Foden replaces Mount.

    Dier replaces Maguire.

    Rashford replaces Saka.

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    66. England 4-1 Iran

    Taremi latches on to a through ball and fires it into the roof of the net to shatter England's hopes of keeping a clean sheet.

    Credit: Reuters
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    Iran get one back thanks to Taremi!

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    64. England 4-0 Iran

    Saka extends England's lead with another brilliant strike.

    The winger picks the ball up on the right before cutting into the box, skipping past his marker and threading his shot through two defenders and into the goal.

    Credit: Getty
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    Saka strikes again!

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    55. England 3-0 Iran

    Mount sends the ball towards goal.

    I'm not entirely sure if it was a cross or a shot, but the goalkeeper claims it with ease.

  • Emillia Hawkins

    54. England 3-0 Iran

    Bellingham breaks forward again for England.

    He skips past his marker before cutting inside, but his pass to Saka is cut out and the ball goes behind for a corner.

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