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Irans political situation has been a frequent source of concern ahead of the teams first Group B match against England at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Monday (November 21). Following the death of Mahsa Amini while being detained for allegedly breaking rules regarding head coverings, large swaths of the country have risen up to protest for womens rights.
In their first game of the 2022 World Cup, England defeated Iran 6-2.
After Jude Bellingham scored with a well-placed header, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling extended Englands lead in the first half.
Saka added a fourth goal for Gareth Southgates side in the second half before Irans Mehdi Taremi equalized. Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish scored late in the second half to round out Englands victory, while Taremi added a late consolation goal from the penalty spot.
England beat Iran 6-2 in the Group B match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup, at the Khalifa International Stadium. Bellingham, Saka, Grealish, Sterling, and Rashford were the stars for England.
Harry Kane walking through mixed zone with right ankle lightly strapped & slight limp after 48th-min challenge by Pouraliganji. Kane was replaced on 75 mins so 1 to watch but seems to have escaped serious injury @TheAthleticFC #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 #ENG https://t.co/rRbQ9JZ45N pic.twitter.com/twVO2lwLoy— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) November 21, 2022
“You dont imagine, you dont even know, what these kids have been living in the past few days," the Iran manager tells reporters after the match.
"Just because they want to play football. Whatever they do, whatever they say, they want to kill them.
"Can you imagine at that stage of your life, that whatever you do, or say, or think, you’re killed? They only have one hope: to play for the people and the country.
"So let them play the game. That’s the only thing we ask.”