World Cup 2022 key events: Winners and losers on day 2 in Qatar ~ FIFA News
England defeated Iran, the Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0 and Wales drew the USA on Day 2 of the World Cup.
The second day of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar saw spectacular field action with the inevitable winners and losers of the first team games from England, Iran, the Netherlands, Senegal, Wales and the United States.
Here’s a quick guide summarizing everything you need to know about Monday’s games.
England vs Iran
The England-Iran match kicked off at 4:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. GMT).
England upstaged Iran with a decisive 6-2 win as Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham led the Three Lions to victory in Monday’s Group B opener.
The first to draw blood, the 19-year-old Bellingham gave England a 1-0 lead, making him the youngest English player to score at the World Cup since Michael Owen in 1998. He is also the first player born in 2000 or after. score in the tournament.
England, seeking their first World Cup since 1966, dominated possession, controlling the ball for 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 take on the United States on Friday and will play Wales on November 29.
Also on Friday, Iran takes on Wales. Then, Iran is scheduled to play the US on November 29.
Netherlands vs Senegal
The Netherlands and Senegal met at the Al Thumama Stadium at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT).
The Netherlands, returning to the World Cup after an eight-year absence, stunned the top-ranked African team with a 2-0 victory.
After a goalless first half, Cody Gakpo sent a dazzling header past Senegalese goalkeeper Édouard Mendy off a strong cross from Frenkie de Jong in the 84th minute of the game.
Substitute Davy Klaassen put the Dutch up 2-0 late in the game, capitalizing on a weak rebound missed by Mendy.
Dutch fans had mixed reactions 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] he 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 match due to a leg injury, remained upbeat. “Overall we played a good match,” said Abubakar Thiam, who flew to Doha from Paris to watch the match.
And he added: “You know that in football you also need luck, and today we didn’t have it. We will do better in the next games”.
Senegal takes on the host nation Qatar on Friday.
They finish their Group A schedule against Ecuador on November 29.
The Netherlands will also face Ecuador on Friday, before clashing with Qatar on November 29.
USA vs Wales
The United States faced Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium at 22:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
Timothy Weah, 22, the son of former FIFA legend and current Liberian president George Weah, scored the USA’s first goal with a deft assist from “Captain America” Christian Pulisic in the 36th minute .
The USA’s first goal at the 2022 World Cup had fans all over the United States, from pubs in New York City to parks in Washington, DC, going wild.
In the 82nd minute, Gareth Bale slid a penalty kick past American goalkeeper Matt Turner to level things for the Welsh 1-1.
In the frantic closing minutes of the game, neither team was able to take the lead, despite an extra nine minutes being added to the clock.
“The most important thing was that we didn’t lose,” Weah said after the match concluded.
“Helluva battle”, the American team repeated in a tweet on Monday.
For the second night in a row, football fans packed the fan festival at Doha’s Al Bidda Park to watch England and Iran battle it out on the big screen.
The night before, the park was packed well beyond its 40,000 capacity, temporarily overwhelming organizers and police, who scrambled to contain the chaos that resulted from the glut of soccer fans. By Monday, organizers appeared to have the large crowds under control.
After England defeated Iran 6-2, some Iranian fans at Al Bidda held out hope, despite the beating.
“In terms of the game, all our hearts are broken, but we still have two more games. [against] Wales and the United States,” said Soman Salamat, a 17-year-old Iranian supporter living in Doha, Qatar.
“So we’re keeping our heads up for that,” he said.
“We missed a lot of chances, so if any football fans actually watched the game, it was a good game. I’m proud of our boys.”
See the full World Cup 2022 schedule here, and be sure to check out Al Jazeera’s AI match forecaster to see how your team is projected to perform in Qatar.