DOHA, Qatar – England kicked off their 2022 World Cup campaign with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran, thanks to a brace from Bukayo Saka and goals from Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, and Jack Grealish.
Bellingham scored his first England goal in the 35th minute, and Sterling and Saka helped Gareth Southgate's side build a comfortable 3-0 lead before halftime.
Before Mehdi Taremi scored a consolation goal for Iran just past the hour mark, Saka put England further out of reach with a brilliant individual effort. However, after Taremi's stoppage-time penalty, substitutes Rashford and Grealish added gloss to the Three Lions' Group B opener.
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