England got their World Cup 2022 campaign off to the perfect start with a 6-2 hammering of Iran at the Khalifa stadium in Group B.
The Three Lions headed into the tie as overwhelming favourites, and after a disjointed start to the game involving a ten-minute stoppage, Jude Bellingham netted on his World Cup debut to hand Gareth Southgate’s side a deserved lead.
Bukayo Saka doubled that lead just minutes later, before Harry Kane teed up Raheem Sterling to volley home a third before half-time. The goals continued to flow for the Three Lions, with Bukayo Saka grabbing a second and his fourth with some lovely footwork before a neat finish.
Iran, who looked deflated from the first minutes, pulled one back with their first effort on target as Mehdi Taremi fired into the roof of the net, but they could not stem the flow heading in the other direction as first Marcus Rashford and then Jack Grealish, on as second-half substitutes, added to England’s tally.
With virtually the last kick of the game, Taremi grabbed another consolation for Iran with a calmly taken penalty following a VAR review in a contender for the longest game of the tournament, which included 24 minutes of added time.
But despite this, and as is expected from such a dominant performance, there were plenty of impressive statistics that surfaced. Here are the best of them.