Individual flashes send England with a monster score past powerless Iran: both starting and substitute attackers inspire confidence in

England has not been surprised by Iran, the number 20 in the FIFA ranking. The Three Lions picked up steam after a hesitant start and were able to count on their attacking class to make the difference. And they did that in the first half. By the way, the match lasted 114 minutes.

The first half lasted an hour… After all, former Antwerp goalkeeper Alizera Beiranvand collided hard with her own teammate and needed medical attention. After another attempt, he had to be replaced anyway. It took the pace out of the first half hour of the match and England seemed to be running out of ideas to disrupt the Iranian defence.

But then there was Luke Shaw’s cross and the young Bellingham (19) scored his first goal for The Three Lions with his head in his 18th international match. The game was all over before half time. England have a reputation for being difficult to score, but Saka and Sterling put an end to that story.


Twice a good cross came from the flanks via Maguire and Kane and twice it resulted in a goal. England could already start to roll out in extra time, but went looking for extra goals. Iran – as expected – could not keep pace and was unable to force a single decent chance. Not that England combined so well, but the individual class made the difference.

Honor saver

The second half was not really exciting. England had complete dominance, but it wasn’t really necessary anymore. Until Saka got the ball again in the box and was allowed to just go for a walk. In the end he scored easily in the corner. Tamari made another wonderful honor saver on the instructions of Carolo Gholizadeh: an atomic shot in the roof of the goal.

But Rashford – who was on the field for a few seconds – made it 5-1 moments later. Grealish even made it 6-1 in the final phase. Although ten minutes were added and Taremi received a penalty and scored the 6-2. Many goals, but you could hardly call it a real value meter. But you may be sure that this has fueled England’s confidence. When shadow favorites start with a win like that… you grow as a team.



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