Man of the match Bukayo Saka scored twice in brilliant fashion as England kicked off their 2022 World Cup campaign in style with a 6-2 victory over Iran.
Our 21-year-old striker was picked by Gareth Southgate for the England tournament’s first starting eleven to face Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium. He got off to a confident and energetic start in his World Cup debut before an early head injury to Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand halted the game, resulting in 14 minutes of added time in the first half.
Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a superb header and Saka doubled England’s lead less than ten minutes later.
A corner kick from Luke Shaw found Harry Maguire in the box, whose headed pass put Saka into space. He volleyed the ball and hit it perfectly in the top right corner.
Bukayo Saka. You beauty 😍
The 21-year-old just casually doing this at a World Cup!
England 4-0 Iran
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 21, 2022
Saka continued to link up well with Kieran Trippier on the right flank and capped off a fantastic performance with a second goal and England’s fourth just after the hour mark. Our winger penetrated the penalty area, cut inside, made a mannequin and calmly rolled the ball through four Iranian defenders and the goalkeeper to nestle in the net.
Reflecting on his World Cup debut, two goals and the Man of the Match award, Saka said: “I can’t describe the feeling. I’m very happy and proud. I’m ready to give 100% and I gave it today.” .
With his fifth and sixth overall goals in an England shirt, Bukayo Saka became only the fourth striker to score for the Three Lions in a major tournament, following in the footsteps of Tony Adams in the 1998 World Cup, Sol Campbell in the 2002 World Cup, and Theo Walcott at Euro 2012.
He also became the youngest player to score 2 goals or more in a World Cup debut since Franz Beckenbauer in 1966.