England defeated Iran, the Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0 and Wales drew with the USA on the second day of the World Cup.
Day two of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar saw spectacular action on the pitch with the inevitable winners and losers of the opening matches from teams from England, Iran, the Netherlands, Senegal, Wales and the United States.
Here’s a quick guide that sums up everything you need to know about Monday’s games.
England versus Iran
The game between England and Iran kicked off at 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
- England eclipsed Iran in a crucial 6-2 victory as Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham guided the Three Lions to victory in the Group B opener on Monday.
- 19-year-old Bellingham, who drew first blood, gave England a 1-0 lead, becoming the youngest England player to score at the World Cup since Michael Owen in 1998. He is also the first player born in 2000 or later to score in the tournament.
- England, in search of their first World Cup since 1966, dominated possession and controlled the ball 79 percent of the game.
- Saka, 21, also scored twice along with Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.
- Mehdi Taremi scored twice for Iran but it wasn’t enough.
- England meet USA on Friday and play Wales on November 29th.
- Also on Friday, Iran meets Wales. Iran then plays USA on November 29th.
Netherlands vs Senegal
The Netherlands and Senegal met at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT) at the Al Thumama Stadium.
- The Netherlands, returning to the World Cup after an eight-year absence, stunned Africa’s top-ranked side with a 2-0 win.
- After a scoreless first half, Cody Gakpo sent a stunning header past Senegalese goalkeeper Édouard Mendy in the 84th minute of play after a powerful cross from Frenkie de Jong.
- Substitute Davy Klaassen gave the Dutch a 2-0 lead late in the game and conceded a weak rebound that Mendy fumbled.
- Dutch fans had a mixed reaction to the win over Senegal: “I thought it would be easy, but it wasn’t,” Dutch fan Ron Tubee told Al Jazeera. “Senegal was very good, very fast, strong and disciplined,” he added.
- “[Senegal] didn’t deserve to lose. Our performance in the first half was slow,” said fellow Dutch fan Peter Tobben.
- Senegalese fans, still reeling from the absence of star striker Sadio Mane, who was ruled out of the World Cup two days before the opening game with a leg injury, remained optimistic. “In general, we played a good game,” said Abubakar Thiam, who flew to Doha from Paris to watch the game.
- He added: “You know in football you also need luck and today we didn’t have it. We’ll do better in the next few games.”
- Senegal meets hosts Qatar on Friday.
- They finish their Group A schedule on November 29 against Ecuador.
- The Netherlands will also face Ecuador on Friday before taking on Qatar on November 29.
USA vs Wales
The USA met Wales at 22:00 local time (19:00 GMT) at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
- 22-year-old Timothy Weah – son of former FIFA legend and current Liberian President George Weah – scored the USA’s first goal in the 36th minute through a clever assist from ‘Captain America’ Christian Pulisic.
- USA’s first goal of the 2022 World Cup sent fans across the United States – from pubs in New York City to parks in Washington, DC – into a frenzy.
- In the 82nd minute, Gareth Bale swiped a penalty past American goalkeeper Matt Turner to level the Welsh side 1-1.
- In the frantic final minutes of the game, neither team prevailed, despite an extra nine minutes being added to the clock.
- “The most important thing was that we didn’t lose,” Weah said after the end of the game.
- “Helluva battle”, the US team echoed in a tweet on Monday.
— United States Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) November 21, 2022
Off the pitch:
For the second year in a row, football fanatics gathered at Fanfest at Al Bidda Park in Doha to watch the clash between England and Iran on a big screen.
The night before, the park swelled well beyond its 40,000-person capacity, temporarily overwhelming organizers and police as they struggled to contain the chaos that resulted from the overcrowding of football fans. On Monday, the organizers seemed to have the huge crowd under control.
After England beat Iran 6-2, some Iranian fans at Al Bidda remained hopeful despite the bang.
“In terms of the game, all of our hearts are broken, but we have two more games left [against] Wales and the US,” said Soman Salamat, a 17-year-old Iranian supporter who lives in Doha, Qatar.
“We keep our heads high for that,” he said.
“We missed a lot of chances. So if a football fan watches the game, it was a good game. I’m proud of our boys.”
- Check out the full 2022 World Cup schedule here and be sure to check out Al Jazeera’s AI Match Prediction to see how your team is likely to fare in Qatar.