Bukayo Saka has a 2022 World Cup brace for England against Iran, with Marcus Rashford also scoring.
The Arsenal man put in a stunning performance in the Group B opener as the Three Lions took a four-goal lead. With Jude Bellingham opening the scoring with a stunning header from a Luke Shaw cross, meeting the ball to become the third-youngest player to ever score at a tournament, the Three Lions have cracked down after a slow start.
Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was hit after colliding with one of his own players, resulting in 14 minutes of added time in the first half.
After Bellingham’s opener, Saka scored a superb volley with his left foot shortly after, banishing some of the Euro 2020 demons, before Raheem Sterling did it three minutes later with his own volley.
In the second half, Saka then took the ball from the edge of the box, rounded the Iranian defenders and then coolly passed the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 4-0 to England. The 20-year-old has only scored one brace in his senior career before.
Bukayo Saka. Your beauty 😍 The 21-year-old just did it casually at a World Cup! England 4-0 Iran💻🖥📱 Watch on @BBCiPlayer, listen on @BBCSounds, get more on the @BBCSport#BBCFootball app #BBCWorldCup pic.twitter.com/XMDz06vaiVNovember 21, 2022
Iran managed to pull a goal back after Harry Maguire lost his man in the penalty area, but the Manchester United captain was sent off after suffering a suspected concussion. Gareth Southgate made a four-time substitution, bringing on Rashford for Saka – who was on a hat-trick.
Rashford, who is making his first England appearance after the Euro 2020 final where he missed a penalty, hasn’t let his coach down either. After recovering the ball for the first time, he managed to score with what was effectively his third touch.
Rashforddddd! 💫Marcus Rashford takes part in the act against Iran immediately after being replaced! Five-star performance ⭐💻🖥📱 Watch on @BBCiPlayer, listen on @BBCSounds, get more on the @BBCSport app #BBCFootball #BBCWorldCupNovember 21, 2022
England will top Group B until Wales take on the United States tonight.