► England – Iran: 6-2, a successful entry into the running for the semi-finalist of the 2018 World Cup
England, semi-finalist of the World Cup-2018 and finalist of Euro-2020, made a success of its entry into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by outclassing Iran 6-2 in group B, Monday, November 21 at the stadium Khalifa of Doha.
Faced with the Iranians who quickly had to do without their titular goalkeeper, hit in the face, the English took over thanks to goals from their young nuggets Jude Bellingham, 19 (35th) and Bukayo Saka, 21 (43rd, 62nd ), and the more experienced Raheem Sterling, (45+1), Marcus Rashford (71st) and Jack Grealish (90th). Iran reduced the score thanks to a double from Mehdi Taremi (65th, 90 + 13 sp)
The eleven Iranian players refrained from singing their national anthem before the kick-off of their first match of the World Cup-2022 against England, Monday in Doha. During the week, their captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh had explained that the players would decide “collectively” whether or not to sing the national anthem as a sign of support for the victims of the harshly repressed demonstrations in their country.
On the English side, captain Harry Kane has given up wearing the inclusive colored armband One Love, the seven federations which intended to do so having backtracked on Monday, faced with the threat of sports sanctions from Fifa. The English however knelt down as they usually do to denounce all forms of discrimination.
► Netherlands – Senegal: 2-0, a snatch victory
The Netherlands managed to win against Senegal after a game closer than expected. Cody Gakpo opened the scoring with a header in the 84th minute, before Davy Klaassen doubled the lead after stoppage time in the 90th + 9.
Prior to that, the two Group A favorites had overall looked like a not-to-lose game rather than a must-win.
This match was the first between the two teams in all competitions. Holland, which never lost its first match in the World Cup (6 wins and 2 draws), honored the tradition and broke the good Senegalese series (two wins in their opening matches in the World Cup).
► United States – Wales, a match that promises to be balanced
For the last match of the day, the United States (16th in the FIFA rankings) will face Wales (19th) in a game that promises to be balanced. The American selection did not qualify in 2018 to everyone’s surprise.
The Welsh will be led by their superstar, Gareth Bale, former Real Madrid player and champion in the American football league this year. For their part, the United States can count on players who have proven themselves in Europe, such as Weston McKennie with Juventus or Christian Pulisic with Chelsea.