The first four matches of the 2022 World Cup have all been completed and dusted off, with controversy subsiding off the field for the time being as fans enjoy the best footballers in the world.
Qatar and Ecuador got things off to an entertaining start on Sunday, with three more matches taking place on Monday to get them into the tournament in full swing. There were a lot of goals and a handful of excellent goals. very.
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Well known to Premier League viewers due to his time at West Ham and a loan stint at Everton, Enier Valencia has re-branded himself by continuing his impressive record at World Cup finals.
He opened the scoring from the penalty spot before chipping in brilliantly at the end of an Angelo Preciado pass, lifting his neck to head home past Saad Al Sheeb.
There are plenty of young stars hoping to light up the 2022 World Cup, but Judd Bellingham kicked things off for England in their quick win over Iran.
The Borussia Dortmund youngster looked in for Luke Shaw’s cross after some fine play to open the scoring, having suffered a long layoff at the start of the game due to an injury to Alireza Beiranvand.
Bellingham was full of pushing and biting in midfield, though his fellow Three Lions side stole the spotlight with two goals of his own.
It’s unbelievable to think there was any doubt about whether Bukayo Saka should start England in this World Cup. It’s quite frankly sexy.
The Arsenal star had a brace in Iran’s 6-2 win, although it was arguably his first goal to pick the eight goals he scored.
The ball fell off Shaw’s corner and Saka was free to curl a half-volley which he volleyed over substitute goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini. The second wasn’t bad either.
Despite England’s attacking quality, they still showed some defensive misgivings which gave Iran two goals.
Both were scored by Mehdi Tarimi – formerly an incredible overhead kicker for Chelsea fame – and the former was a swift shot that whistled past Jordan Pickford’s outstretched arms.
The Porto striker scored his second goal in second-half stoppage time, converting a controversial penalty kick.
If you wanted to make a list of the best players who never played in a World Cup, George Weah could easily be at the top of it. His son certainly had an impact on his World Cup debut.
Some generous Wales defending helped the Lille ace, but that should take nothing away from his run and finish.
Although it was a nice goal, it was not a winning goal. Wales struggled to a 1-1 draw thanks to A.J Gareth Bale Penalty.