second day of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar saw spectacular pitch action with the inevitable winners and losers of the first games played by teams from England, Iran, the Netherlands, Senegal, Wales and the United States.
Here’s a quick guide that summarizes everything you need to know about Monday’s games.
England gegen Iran
The match between England and Iran began at 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
- England surpassed Iran with a decisive 6-2 victory as Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham brought the Three Lions to victory in the Group B opener on Monday.
- 19-year-old Bellingham, who drew the first blood, gave England a 1-0 advantage, 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 later to score a goal in the tournament.
- England, looking for their first World Cup since 1966, dominated possession and controlled the ball 79 percent of the game.
- Saka, 21, also scored two goals along with Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish.
- Mehdi Taremi struck twice for Iran, but that wasn’t enough.
- England will face the USA on Friday and against Wales on November 29.
- Iran will also face Wales on Friday. Iran will then face the USA on November 29.
Netherlands vs Senegal
The Netherlands and Senegal faced off at Al Thumama Stadium at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT).
- The Netherlands, which returned to the World Cup after an eight-year absence, stunned Africa’s top-ranked team with a 2-0 victory.
- After a goalless first half, Cody Gakpo scored a stunning header that let Senegalese goalkeeper Édouard Mendy pass by in the 84th minute of the game.
- Substitute Davy Klaassen gave the Dutch a 2-0 lead towards the end of the game, which benefited from a weak rebound from Mendy.
- Dutch fans reacted mixed to the win over Senegal: “I thought it was going to be easy, but it wasn’t,” Dutch fan Ron Tubee told CNN Breaking News. “Senegal was very good, very fast, strong and disciplined,” he added.
- “[Senegal] doesn’t deserve to lose. Our performance in the first half was slow,” said Dutch fan Peter Tobben.
- Senegal’s fans, who were still affected by the absence of striker Sadio Mane, who was suspended from the World Cup two days before the opening game due to a leg injury, remained optimistic. “In general, we played a good game,” said Abubakar Thiam, who flew from Paris to Doha to watch the game.
- He added: “You know, you also need luck in soccer, and we didn’t have it today. We’ll do better in the next games.”
- Senegal will face host country Qatar on Friday.
- They will finish their Group A match schedule against Ecuador on November 29.
- The Netherlands will also face Ecuador on Friday before facing Qatar on November 29.
USA vs Wales
The USA faced Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium at 22:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
- 22-year-old Timothy Weah — son of former FIFA legend and current Liberian President George Weah — scored their first goal for the USA in the 36th minute with a clever assist from “Captain America” Christian Pulisic.
- The USA’s first goal at the 2022 World Cup sent fans in the United States — from pubs in New York City to parks in Washington, DC — in a frenzy.
- In the 82nd minute, Gareth Bale pushed a penalty past American goalkeeper Matt Turner to make up for the Welsh 1-1.
- In the hectic final minutes of the game, none of the teams were able to come out ahead, although the clock was extended by nine minutes.
- “The most important thing was that we didn’t lose,” said Weah after the game was over.
- “Helluva Battle,” the US team repeated in a tweet on Monday.
Damn fight. #USMNT 🤝 @Cymru pic.twitter.com/Sk0rajrkim
— US men’s national soccer team (@USMNT) November 21, 2022
Off the pitch:
For the second year in a row, soccer fanatics visited the fan festival at Al Bidda Park in Doha to see England and Iran face off on a big screen.
A night earlier, the park had significantly exceeded its capacity of 40,000 people, temporarily overwhelming organizers and police, who were struggling to contain the chaos that resulted from the excess of soccer fans. On Monday, the organizers seemed to have the huge crowds under control.
After England defeated Iran 6:2, some Iranian fans at Al Bidda remained hopeful despite the blowout.
“As for the game, we’re heartbroken, but we still have two more games [against] Wales and the USA,” said Soman Salamat, a 17-year-old Iranian supporter who lives in Doha, Qatar.
“That’s why we keep our heads up,” he said.
“We missed a lot of opportunities. So if a soccer fan should actually watch the game, it was a good game. I’m proud of our boys.”
- View the full 2022 World Cup schedule here and head over to CNN Breaking News AI Match Predictor to see how your team is likely to perform in Qatar.