Saka scores twice as England pummels Iran


England got its World Cup campaign off to an almost perfect start with a 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday.There was a long delay in the first-half after Ali Beiranvand suffered a head injury. The Iran goalkeeper tried to carry on but ended up having to be taken off as a substitute.England soon went ahead through Jude Bellingham, who flicked a header into the Iran net. Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling both scored before the break.After the match resumed, Saka added his second of the game. Iran pulled one back through Mehdi Taremi, but England responded soon after with a goal through substitute Marcus Rashford. Jack Grealish looked to have rounded off the win by turning in a low cross until Taremi scored a late penalty.Jude Bellingham shone after his opening goal, establishing why he is the most exciting teenager in world football, but Bukayo Saka was the hotshot in front of goal.The Arsenal forward has been through an incredible journey since the Euro 2020 final, when he had a part to play in England’s lost penalty shootout. But he showed once again just why he is a player that Gareth Southgate trusts and relies on.Bellingham has become England’s second youngest scorer at the World Cup (19 years, 145 days) behind only Michael Owen in 1998 (18 years, 190 days).England faces the United States on Friday, while Iran takes on Wales. 

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