The Qatar World Cup 2022 has kicked off, and day 2 started with England beating Iran 6 goals to 2. Since the tournament started, this has been the biggest scoreline and would be the biggest until another country surpasses them.
The world cup fixtures started with the host country playing with Ecuador, in which they lost shamefully two goals to nil. With Eduardo topping Group A, the Netherlands caught up with them by beating the reigning African Champions, Senegal.
The Netherlands won with two goals to nil, with two coming from Gakpo and Davy Klassen. The contest between one of the highly-ranked teams was almost ending when Frenkie De Jong floated a perfect pass toward the penalty area before it was headed home by Gakpo. This broke the deadlock of the game.
Chelsea shot-stopper Eduardo Mendy committed many mistakes in the game, leading to the second goal, which Davy Klassen scored. Barcelona player Memphis Depay had a shot toward the goalpost before Mendy parried the ball into the feet of Klassen, who took it home.
The game showed that Senegal lacked the finishing and great contributions of their main man, Sadio Mane, who was ruled out by a last-minute injury. The Netherlands saw the return of their leading forward, Memphis Depay, whose contribution led to their second goal.
After Senegal vs. Netherlands, the United States and Wales played a draw with the goals coming from Tim Weah and Gareth Bale. The first goal came in the 36th minute when Christian Pulisic passed to Tim Weah, who scored. Wales got their chance to score after USA defender Zimmerman committed a silly penalty scored by Gareth Bale.
Highlights from England vs. Iran
(4-3-3 right to left): Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Bellingham, Rice, Mount, Saka, Kane, Sterling
(5-4-1, right to left): Beiranvand, Moharrami, Cheshmi, Hosseini, Pouraliganji, Mohammadi, Jahanbakhsh, Hajsafi, Karimi, Nourollahi, Taremi
ENG: Jude Bellingham — 35th minute.
ENG: Bukayo Saka — 43th minute.
ENG: Raheem Sterling — 45th minute +1.
ENG: Bukayo Saka — 62nd minute.
IRN: Mehdi Taremi — 65th minute
ENG: Marcus Rashford — 71st minute.
ENG: Jack Grealish — 89th minute.
IRN: Mehdi Taremi (penalty) — 90th minute+13.
Highlights from the Senegal Vs. Netherlands
(4-3-3, right to left): E. Mendy, Sabaly. Pape Cisse, Koulibaly, Diallo, Kouyate, N. Mendy, Gueye, Diatta, Dia, Sarr
Substitutions: Jakobs, P. Gueye, Jackson. Dieng.
(3-5-2, right to left): Noppert, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, Berghuis, F. De Jong, Blind, Gakpo, Janssen, Bergwijn
Substitutions: Koopmeiners, De Roon, Depay, Klassen.
Senegal didn’t score throughout the match, with the Netherlands scoring the only two goals of the game.
The first goal came in the 84th minute when De Jong did what he is best known for — hehe floated a near-perfect pass to Gakpo, who was running into the penalty area to head the ball home.
The second goal came in the 99th minute eve. Memphis Depay played a weak shot towards Mendy, who couldn’t hold on to the shot and hit it to the feet of Klassen, who played it inside the goal.
Highlights USA vs. Wales
(4-3-3, right to left): Turner, Dest, Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah, Sargent, Pulisic.
(3-5-2, right to left): Hennessey, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Roberts, Ramsey, Wilson, Ampadu, Williams, Bale, James.
36th min — USA — Tim Weah
82nd min — WAL — Gareth Bale (pen)
Matchday 3 Fixtures
After an interesting matchday 2, many football fans will be looking forward to getting the same feeling from the world cup fixtures of matchday 3.
One of the countries considered favorites to win the world cup, Argentina of Group C, will be playing Saudi Arabia today at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. The game is one which the Argentinians are clear favorites to win — it would come as a surprise if they don’t dominate and win the game.
In Group C, Mexico will play Poland at the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, and Denmark will play Tunisia at the Education City Stadium. France and Australia will end match day 3 Fixtures at the Al Janoub Stadium.