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World Cup Daily: England’s young lions howl

After each match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the World Cup Daily blog on Sportsnet.ca will summarize the day’s events and provide a schedule of matches for the following day.

In case you missed it, what happened on Monday…

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result

England 6, Iran 2 Al Rayyan: match report || match statistics

Senegal 0, Netherlands 2 Doha: match report || match statistics

USA 1, Wales 1 Al Rayyan: match report || match statistics

Main issue

young lion roaring in england  

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England scored their biggest World Cup opener ever, scoring six goals for the second time in the tournament after thrashing Iran in Group B action. The Three Lions dominated every aspect of the match against the Iranians.

It was veteran forward Harry Kane who was the center of attention ahead of this match. He was two goals behind his 53 goals, surpassing Wayne his Rooney to become the team’s all-time leading scorer. The Tottenham star made a solid shift against Iran by recording two assists before being substituted in the 75th minute.

But it was the young lions of England who yelled the loudest at Iran. 19-year-old Jude Bellingham scored his first international goal, making him England’s second youngest scorer in the World Cup (after 18-year-old Michael He Owen in 1998), 21-year-old Bukayo Saka scored his two goals. It was the first time in England’s history that a player under the age of 21 scored two of his goals in one of his World Cup matches.

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Bellingham and Saka represent an exciting young English team who play fearlessly, attack relentlessly and let their opponents chase them with their pass-oriented style of play. If this six-goal devastating job is proof of what to expect from England, the rest of the field in the tournament should be cautious.

Patience pays off in Holland  

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Senegalese striker Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the World Cup with a leg injury, while Dutch forward Memphis Depay, who sat on the bench for 62 minutes in this Group A contest, is still dealing with lingering issues. therefore replaced.

With both defenses held solid and nothing given, it’s no wonder the game produced few quality scoring chances. However, in the 84th minute, the Dutch’s patience paid off when Cody Gakpo connected with a faint header snuggling up to the back of the net after Franke de Jong unleashed a gorgeous cross deep into the box. Incredibly, it was Holland’s first shot on target.

Davey Klaassen’s goal deep in stoppage time was somewhat tough for the African champions considering there isn’t much between the two nations. The brave often got lucky, and the Dutch made the most of their limited chances to drive out the winners.

US can’t finish Wales  

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Do you think Canadian fans are sorry they haven’t seen the men’s team at the World Cup since 1986? Wales had to wait 64 years for the men’s national team to return to the World Cup Think about the supporters of

Wales made up for lost time on Monday to earn a deserved draw against the United States in Group B. Gareth Bale converted his penalty from his spot in the 82nd minute and helped his home country win a share of the points. It capped off a fantastic second half in which Wales dominated the game.

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The United States burst out of the gate and anchored Wales inside the half thanks to their long ball dominance, but looked dangerous in the moment of transition. The breakthrough came when Timothy Ware cut through the Welsh defense through a through he caught on the ball and made a clear breakaway, then cool off in the 36th minute when goalkeeper Wayne shot past his Hennessy. It was when I kept my sanity. However, that was the last shot by the American, and he could only beat off a surging Welshman in the second half before Bale’s equalizer.

goal of the day

England forced a turnover after pressing Iran and Jude Bellingham leaped past two defenders deep in the box and scored with a spectacular header following Luke Shaw’s brilliant cross in a stunning performance. I’ve put together an attack sequence.

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today’s moment

Iranian team players sadly refused to sing the national anthem before their match against England in protest of the recent death of 22-year-old Masa Amini in police custody. She died after being arrested by the ruling government’s “morality police” on suspicion of violating the Islamic dress code. Her death symbolizes the suppression of women’s rights in Iran.

quote of the day

“Friends and family have hugged me with my teammates and my country has helped me get back to a good place.I feel the love from everyone around me.” – Bukayo Saka (Black), England refers to the racism they suffered for failing to convert on penalties after losing to Italy in last year’s euro final.

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Six packs of statistics

• England and Iran have scored the most goals in a World Cup match since Germany beat Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 tournament.

• There were 35 passes to England’s sixth goal scored by Jack Grealish. This is the most accumulated passes to World Cup goals recorded since 1966.

• Davy Klaassen’s 98:17 goal is the second new World Cup goal since 1966 (excluding extra time), after Mehdi Taremi’s goal in Iran v England at 102:30 on Monday.

• Dutch goalkeeper Andries Noppelt is the second Dutch player to make his international debut at the World Cup.

• The US has not kept a clean sheet against European opponents in the last 18 World Cups since beating England 1-0 in 1950.

• Five of Monday’s US starters played professionally in the English Premier League. This is the record for the most appearances for him in a non-U.S. league game in his Cup game at Worlds in national team history.

Statistics provided by Opta   

qatar sports net

Sportsnet.ca contributor Peter Galindo covers the World Cup in Qatar. He took part in the Netherlands vs Senegal match today and FC he realized how effective Barcelona’s Frankie de Jong is in the Dutch midfield.

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three stars today

1) Bukayo Saka, UK: The 21-year-old bagged a brace and proved to be a real attacking threat on the right flank for the British team, who completely toyed with the Iranian.

2) Frenkie De Jong, Holland: The FC Barcelona star was truly sublime in terms of leading the Dutchman’s midfield. Cody Gakpo winner set up in a box with great delivery.

3) Timothy Ware, United States: The American forward has done what his legendary father George Weah, a former Ballon d’Or winner, never did in his career.

looking ahead

The World Cup kicks off with four games on day three. Among them, reigning champions France will make her tournament debut in Group D against Australia (2:00pm ET).

However, the highlight of the day will be Argentina v Saudi Arabia (5:00am ET) in Group C, as Lionel Messi makes his debut in Qatar. The Argentinian ace will have his last chance to win the World Cup as he will retire from international football after this competition.

It will be interesting to see how he comes out of the gate and whether he leads the much-supported South America to a convincing victory over Saudi Arabia.

John Molinaro is one of Canada’s leading football journalists, covering the game for over 20 years in multiple media outlets including Sportsnet, CBC Sports and Sun Media. He is currently editor-in-chief of TFC Republic, his website dedicated to in-depth coverage of Toronto FC and Canadian football. You can find the TFC Republic here.

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