England's Fifa World Cup campaign got off to a strong start by dominating Iran in a match that was full of incidents in Doha. Iran's bleak situation was made worse by the early loss of goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand to concussion following a collision with teammate Majid Hosseini. Gareth Southgate's squad cruised to victory.
Ten minutes before halftime, Jude Bellingham gave England their first World Cup goal with a powerful header from Luke Shaw's cross. Bukayo Saka's superb shot and Raheem Sterling's graceful outside-of-the-foot volley from Harry Kane's cross sealed the victory before the break.
Mehdi Taremi's wonderful goal after 65 minutes gave Iran's supporters a tremendous thrill, but England's merciless response saw Saka score his second and replacement Marcus Rashford score on his debut with both goals being composed, slick shots.
After a strong run and pullback by Callum Wilson, Jack Grealish slid home from close range to round off an extraordinarily dominant performance. In extra time, Iran did get one back when Taremi converted a penalty after John Stones was fouled.