England trounced Iran, the Netherlands edged Senegal 2-0, and Wales tied with USA on Day 2 of the World Cup.
The second day of the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar noticed spectacular pitch motion with the inevitable winners and losers from the primary video games of groups from England, Iran, the Netherlands, Senegal, Wales and the USA.
Right here’s a fast information recapping all you should know from Monday’s video games.
England vs Iran
The England-Iran match kicked off at 4pm native time (13:00 GMT).
- England outshined Iran with a decisive 6-2 victory as Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham lifted the Three Lions to victory in Monday’s Group B opener.
- The 19-year-old Bellingham, who drew first blood, gave England a 1-0 benefit, making him the youngest English participant to attain on the World Cup since Michael Owen in 1998. He’s additionally the primary participant born in 2000 or later to attain within the event.
- England, in the hunt for their first World Cup since 1966, dominated possession, controlling the ball 79 % of the match.
- Saka, 21, additionally notched two targets, together with Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.
- Mehdi Taremi struck twice for Iran but it surely was not sufficient.
- England faces the US on Friday and can play Wales on November 29.
- Additionally on Friday, Iran takes on Wales. Iran are then scheduled to play the US on November 29.
Netherlands vs Senegal
The Netherlands and Senegal squared off at Al Thumama Stadium at 7pm native time (16:00 GMT).
- The Netherlands, returning to the World Cup following an eight-year absence, shocked Africa’s highest-ranked crew with a 2-0 win.
- After a scoreless first half, Cody Gakpo despatched a stunning header whizzing previous Senegalese goalkeeper Édouard Mendy on a robust cross from Frenkie de Jong within the sport’s 84th minute.
- Substitute Davy Klaassen put the Dutch up 2-0 late within the match, cashing in on a weak rebound fumbled by Mendy.
- Dutch followers had blended reactions to the win over Senegal: “I assumed will probably be simple, but it surely wasn’t,” Dutch fan Ron Tubee advised Al Jazeera. “Senegal have been excellent, very quick, robust and disciplined,” he added.
- “[Senegal] didn’t should lose. Our first half efficiency was sluggish,” fellow Dutch fan Peter Tobben stated.
- Senegal’s followers, nonetheless reeling from the absence of star ahead Sadio Mane, who was dominated out of the World Cup two days earlier than the opening match as a result of a leg damage, remained optimistic. “Usually, we performed a very good sport,” stated Abubakar Thiam, who flew to Doha from Paris to observe the match.
- He added: “ in soccer you additionally want luck, and at this time, we didn’t have it. We are going to do higher within the subsequent video games.”
- Senegal faces host nation Qatar on Friday.
- They end out their Group A schedule towards Ecuador on November 29.
- The Netherlands may even tackle Ecuador on Friday, earlier than clashing with Qatar on November 29.
USA vs Wales
The US confronted off towards Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium at 10pm native time (19:00 GMT).
- The 22-year-old Timothy Weah — son of former FIFA legend and present Liberian President George Weah — netted the US their first purpose on a artful help from “Captain America” Christian Pulisic within the thirty sixth minute.
- The primary USA purpose of the 2022 World Cup despatched followers throughout the USA — from pubs in New York Metropolis to parks in Washington, DC — right into a frenzy.
- Within the 82nd minute, Gareth Bale slid a penalty kick previous American goalkeeper Matt Turner to even issues up for the Welsh at 1-1.
- Within the sport’s frantic closing minutes, neither crew have been capable of pull forward, regardless of an additional 9 minutes being added to the clock.
- “Crucial factor was that we didn’t lose,” Weah stated after the match concluded.
- “Helluva battle,” the US crew echoed in a tweet on Monday.
— U.S. Males’s Nationwide Soccer Workforce (@USMNT) November 21, 2022
Off the pitch:
For a second consecutive evening, soccer fanatics packed into the fan competition at Doha’s Al Bidda Park to observe England and Iran battle it out through massive display screen.
An evening earlier, the park swelled nicely past its 40,000-person capability, quickly overwhelming organisers and police, who scrambled to comprise the chaos that resulted from the surplus of soccer followers. By Monday, organisers appeared to have the large crowds below management.
After England walloped Iran 6-2, some Iranian followers at Al Bidda remained hopeful, regardless of the blowout.
“When it comes to the sport, all our hearts are damaged however we nonetheless have two extra video games [against] Wales and USA,” stated Soman Salamat, a 17-year-old Iranian supporter residing in Doha, Qatar.
“So we’re conserving our heads up for that,” he stated.
“We missed a variety of probabilities so if any soccer fan really watches the sport, it was a very good sport. I’m pleased with our boys.”
- View the total 2022 World Cup schedule right here and make sure you go to Al Jazeera’s AI match predictor to see how your crew is projected to carry out in Qatar.