The 59-minute period… an exceptional incident in the England-Iran match

The first half of the confrontation between England and Iran, in the second group of the Qatar World Cup, on Monday, witnessed an exceptional incident after the match referee, Brazilian Rafael Clas, counted 14 minutes of stoppage time.

The half ended with the “Three Lions” team advancing 3-0 after dominating the course of the match and wasting other dangerous chances, while the Iranian team, led by Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, appeared at a declining level.

The match stopped for a long time to treat the Iranian goalkeeper, Ali Reza Beiranvand, who collided with an England player in the first minutes.

After several attempts to rescue him, the goalkeeper was replaced in the 20th minute, while the result was a goalless draw.

The entry of substitute goalkeeper Sayed Hossein was not a happy omen for the Iranian national team, which conceded 3 consecutive goals in the 35th, 44th and 45th + 1 minutes, signed by Judd Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling, respectively.

Iranian players also objected to the second goal scored by Saka, claiming that there was a mistake on England defender Harry McGuire, but the video technology (mouse) recognized the validity of the goal.

Before the start of the match, the Iranian national team players refrained from chanting the national anthem, in a clear sign of support for the protests in their country.

And all the elements of Iran’s 11-man starting line-up were silent during the playing of the national anthem at Khalifa International Stadium.

Iran plays in the second group, along with England, the United States and Wales.

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