Beardless talents like Bellingham and Saka lead the great triumph of the English, kneeling after FIFA’s threats for the rainbow bracelet. Iranian footballers refused to sing their anthem in protest of the crackdown after the death of Mahsa Amini
In the afternoon when the beardless Jude Bellingham (19 years old) and Bukayo Saka (21) presented in Doha the English candidacy to win the Qatar World Cupthe selection of Iran carried out a protest action that will leave its mark over time. Iranian soccer players, despite the threatening control exercised by the Islamic Republic of Ali Jamanei Y Ebrahim Raisirefused to sing the national anthem at the khalifa stadium. The players, on one of the most important days of their careers, rejected fear. With closed lips and a serious gesture, they supported all those protesters who have been mercilessly repressed for weeks in Iran after the death of Mahsa Aminiwhose sin was wearing the veil badly.
The footballers of England also wanted to record their rebellion, this one failed and suffocated by the FIFA and the Qatari theocracy. After the highest soccer body threatened those who wore the bracelet for LGTBIQ+ rights with disciplinary sanctions (a yellow for the captain), the federations involved chose to lower their heads. The English players, with Harry Kane in front, at least, they showed their annoyance by kneeling before the referee signaled the start of the match.
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Such an emotional storm engulfed a match that England, once calmed down, made their own in one breath. It would be of no use then that the team trained by the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz He will try to hide in his field. Such is the offensive talent and youthful nerve that he wields Gareth Southgate that there was nothing more to wait for everything to fall under its own weight.
It all happened, yes, after Beiranvandgoalkeeper of Irancrashed violently against his partner Hosseini. He tried the meta to continue, as if the cotton that clogged the blood in his nose could remedy her evident dizziness. He ended up asking for the change without really knowing where she was.
England follow yours Sometimes he sent trippier to focus with your precious booty already Maguire to finish off with his unapproachable head. Others, she was looking for Harry Kane so that he would open some corridor between the large Iranian defense. But when among all they found the imposing bellinghamthey could only enjoy.
Sterling Y Walker They led the way to the left. And Bellingham, whose ability on arrival is related to legends like Steven Gerrard, reached the heart of the area to raise his head and score his first goal for England. At 19 years and 145 days old, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder (and wanted by Real Madrid) became the second youngest English player to score in a worldjust behind that michael owen to whom the feat later allowed him to win the Ballon d’Or.
Before reaching the intermission, England He had already sentenced the game. Saka, that young man who burst into tears in the last Eurocup final after failing in the penalty shootout against champion Italy, began to redeem himself by scoring 2-0. The formula was well known: Trippier to the corner, Maguire in the continuation, and Saka for the shot.
david beckham, one of the guests in the box at Khalifa Stadium and whose face appears on any advertising billboard in Doha, came to a standing ovation as Sterling made it 3-0. The winger, almost always useful in Southgate’s England, took advantage of Kane’s management of time and space earlier.
The English tried to temporize in the second half, even more so after Saka got his second goal against the distance defense of four Iranian defenders. But they had no choice but to cheer up after they Mehdi Taremi close the gap and that Maguire had to retire due to injury.
after shaking Southgate the bench to revitalize his team, to Rashford A minute on the field was enough for him to execute a beautiful cut and take the net. Jack Grealish I thought that he would be in charge of closing the duel already at sunset, and an empty door, after a pass from Wilson. But there was still one last episode left thanks to the fact that the VAR detected a slight tug on Stones’ shirt. Taremi, who denied any smile, scored the penalty and that was where it could all end.
England, semifinalist in Russia 2008 and finalist in the last European Championship, has reason to be excited. I didn’t win one again world since he conquered his in 1966. Now he has plenty of youth, talent and charisma. Although curses don’t understand those things.