Qatar World Cup: England beat Iran 6-2, Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0, USA and Wales drew 1-1

What happened at the World Cup on Monday?

England 6-2 Iran

  • England thrashed Iran 6-2 after two goals from Arsenal striker Bakayo Sak and one from Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, Chelsea striker Raheem Sterling, Manchester United striker Marcus Rushford and Manchester City’s Jack Grealish .
  • Porto striker Mehdi Taremi of Iran scored two goals.
  • Iranian goalkeeper Beiranvand suffered a head injury. His replacement then conceded three goals in the first half.
  • Team Iran refused to sing the national anthem before the start of the game in a gesture that is seen as a show of support for the anti-government protest movement at home, which was brutally suppressed by the authorities.
  • England were previously among seven European teams – along with Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark – to say their captains would not wear ‘One Love’ armbands to show support for the LGBT community after FIFA threatened to extradite yellow cards to any player who wears them in Qatar, where homosexuality remains illegal.
  • The national football associations said they were “disappointed” by FIFA’s “unprecedented” actions, saying in a joint statement that “we cannot put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions, including warnings”.

Netherlands 2:0 Senegal

  • The Netherlands started their campaign with one of the toughest group matches against African champions Senegal.
  • The Dutch came out on top 2-0 with two goals late in the second half from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen, who both scored in stoppage time. The first half of the Group A match ended 0-0 at Al-Tumama Stadium as the Dutch regretted their missed chances.
  • The Dutch were left without the services of Memphis Depay, who was the team’s top scorer during the World Cup qualifying campaign.
  • Senegal is also missing a key player: former Liverpool striker Sadio Mane.
  • “He can start the match and Senegal will miss him very much, but the same applies to us, we miss our top scorer and assist king,” said 71-year-old Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who announced last year that he has a prostate. cancer and underwent radiation therapy.
  • Van Gaal has been critical of Qatar’s World Cup award but declined to answer political questions ahead of Monday’s game.
  • The Netherlands is one of seven European countries whose captains planned to wear armbands with the words “One Love” but backed out on Monday after FIFA threatened to impose sporting sanctions.
  • “It is with a heavy heart that we … had to abandon our plan,” the Dutch football association KNVB said, adding that it was “deeply disappointed” and would now “take a critical look at our relationship with FIFA.”

US 1–1 Wales

  • USA and Wales drew 1-1. The former was scored by Lille striker Timothy Weah in the first half, while the latter was scored by seasoned Los Angeles forward and player Gareth Bale in a penalty kick.
  • Wales made it to the World Cup for the first time in 64 years. Wales, with a population of just over three million, is the smallest FIFA member country to qualify for this year’s World Cup – host Qatar automatically won a spot.
  • The United States returned to the World Cup for the first time since 2014.
  • “Schools will be stopping by to watch our games,” Wales’ Gareth Bale said beaming ahead of the match. “So this is just one of those moments that is a huge part of our country’s history, something we’ve all wanted for a long time.”

What happened at the World Cup on Sunday?

A large number of empty places in the second half summed up the disappointing start of the Qatar football team in their first ever World Cup.

The evening began with more than 67,000 fans, mostly from Qatar, filling the massive Al Bayt Stadium, enjoying the opening ceremony that introduced the tiny Arab Emirate to a global audience 12 years after winning the right to host football’s biggest event.

It ended with Qatar’s superior team walking off the field, its unwanted place in football history secured, and many of its uptight fans long gone.

The controversial tournament opened on Sunday with the 2019 AFC Asian Cup champions losing 2-0 to Ecuador, causing the host team to lose their first World Cup game for the first time.

“I would say that we were bad (for our fans),” Qatar coach Felix Sanchez said. “Hopefully next game they will be proud.”

Ecuador captain Enner Valencia scored both of his team’s goals in the first half of a one-sided game that ended up as a damage-limiting exercise for Qatar on one of the biggest nights in the country’s history.