Saka scores twice as England thrash Iran in World Cup 2022 opener

Bukayo Saka scored twice as England made a superb start to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar courtesy of a 6-2 victory over Iran in their Group B opener.

Gareth Southgate’s men dominated from the off and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham capped an excellent all-round display when he headed home the opener on 35 minutes.

The Three Lions then made it three goals in eight minutes as Saka and Raheem Sterling struck to round-off a first half that was disrupted by a lengthy delay following a concussion to Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand.

England continued to boss it following the interval and Saka grabbed his second of the match just past the hour with a jinking run and shot.

Iran had barely threatened but pulled one back moments later when Mehdi Taremi rifled a fine first-time shot beyond Jordan Pickford.

Substitute then Marcus Rashford made it five within 49 seconds of taking to the pitch before Jack Grealish tapped home a sixth to round-off a great day for Southgate and co.

Iran were awarded a dubious penalty kick via VAR deep into stoppage-time, which they converted, but it mattered little.

Next up, England face the USA on Friday while Iran take on Wales.

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