The Three Lions of England bounced back from their boring draw against USA to beat Wales 3-0. Marcos Rashford was in the form of his life as he bagged a brace that took his goal tally at the 2022 World Cup to 3.
Phil Foden also found the back of the net in his first start for England in Qatar. The win means England are top of group b, as such, they will face Senegal in the round of 16.
USA also qualified to the next round with a lone goal victory over Iran. Christian Pulisic put everything on the line to secure all 3 points for the Americans. They would face the Netherlands in the round of 16.
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Goal! Wales 0-3 England
Brilliant from the Manchester United man. Gets onto a ball over the top, cuts inside onto his left foot and drives into the box. Drills the low effort at goal, through Ward and into the back of the net. Goalkeeper has to do better.
Goal! Wales 0-2 England
Phil Foden doubles the lead even before Wales get themselves together!
Goal! Wales 0-1 England
Marcus Rashford with a magnificent goal!
Once again, it’s not exactly been thrilling. Wales will have to go for it at some point – that should open things up. Gareth Bale off at the break…
Group B as it stands at HT, USA lead Iran and so would progress with England. Wales would now need to win by four or more goals to go through.
Goal! Iran 0-1 USA
Christian Pulisic converts from Sergino Dest’s headed cross. He hurt himself in the process.
30′ Iran 0-0 USA
USA making all the running. Pulisic and Robinson looking dangerous down the left. 0-0 doesn’t suit them, though.
Rashford Denied! Wales 0-0 England
First incident in this game. Rashford freed by a terrific ball from Kane but Ward makes a great save. 10 minutes in.
…and so it begins in both games!
Starting XI – Wales vs England
Gareth Southgate has made changes to his side, with Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and Jordan Henderson among those coming into the side, while Wales have no choice but to go for it and opt for a back four. Dan James returns to the side, with Gareth Bale and Kieffer Moore also in the front three.
Starting XI – Iran vs USA
Watch out for Azmoun and Taremi up front for Iran; they were fantastic against Wales and prompted a huge improvement in the performance from the one we saw against England.
USA have recalled Josh Sargent to the starting XI after he was on the bench against England. Their line-up is a touch more attacking, so everything is set up for a thriller at Al Thumama Stadium.