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World Cup: Rashford shines as England beat Wales to set up 16-man clash with Senegal


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England’s No 11 striker Marcus Rashford (front C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2022 World Cup Group B soccer match between Wales and England at the Stadium campaigning for Ahmad Bin Ali in Al-Rayyan, western Doha on November 29, 2022. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP)

England qualified for the World Cup round of 16 against Senegal as Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden inspired a 3-0 win over Wales, knocking their neighbors out of the tournament on Tuesday.

Gareth Southgate’s side secured first place in Group B thanks to key contributions from Rashford and Foden after they were reinvigorated by the England manager.

Foden showed why there was such a call for him to start as he won the free-kick that Rashford used to break the deadlock early in the second half at Ahmad bin Stadium Ali is in Doha.

Foden doubled England’s lead just seconds later to effectively end the one-sided ‘Battle of England’ and Rashford struck again to secure Wales’ first World Cup since 1958 ended in disappointment.

With Foden and Rashford providing the dominant edge they lacked in their previous game – a heavy goalless draw against the United States – England have just won for the second time in their last nine games.

A dramatic first half showed that the Three Lions still had room for improvement as they chased their first major title since the 1966 World Cup.

But the ruthless way they destroyed Wales after the break provided encouragement ahead of Sunday’s game against Group A runners-up Senegal.

“I think we were in complete control in the first half but didn’t create enough clear chances. We just felt that by swapping the positions of the wingers, we might have the option to let them cross. Phil did it really well for the free kick,” said Southgate.

“You need goals from every area. Of course it’s a problem for opposing teams if the threat comes from other regions.”

While England fans see Germany and Scotland as their main rivals, Wales has never hidden how much they enjoy getting over their obnoxious neighbours.

The Wales squad famously celebrated England’s Euro 2016 exit against Iceland, while Wales striker Kieffer Moore recently said he’d love to knock England out of the World Cup.

With that in mind, the sentencing of Wales to disqualification is a welcome reward for England.

But more importantly, they have allayed anger that has grown since they were booed after a grueling US stalemate following a 6-2 loss to Iran in their group stage opener.

Wales manager Rob Page said: “We have to look at things from the point of view. We don’t have the players that England have. It’s a great achievement to be here.

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Rashford, one of Southgate’s four changes, had a golden opportunity to give England an early lead when he picked up Harry Kane’s pass, but it took him too long to make the shot. shot and Danny Ward jumped to save.

Unable to compete with England, Wales barely made it past their own half as Southgate’s men monopolized possession of the ball for a long time without making a breakthrough.

Criticized for his performance in the defeat to Iran, Wales captain Gareth Bale was substituted at half-time for a hamstring problem.

Within six minutes of the game’s restart, Bale’s absence was meaningless in the face of a lightning strike by England.

Southgate has said he is worried about Foden feeling pressured to perform following calls for him to be selected, but he need not worry about Manchester City’s early playmaker.

Foden was the catalyst for England’s opening goal as he moved forward to win a free-kick 50 minutes into the match. Rashford’s brilliant shot into the far corner of Ward’s goal from 25 yards. meters.

Suddenly, England pressed harder and they attacked again 60 seconds later when Rashford forced Wales to give up possession and Kane’s low pass reached the feet of Foden, who had finished from the far corner.

Moore tried to rescue Wales with a dip that Jordan Pickford brilliantly saved, but Rashford delivered the knock with a third goal of the tournament in the 68th minute.

Kalvin Phillips’ long pass sent Rashford down the right flank and, with the Welsh defense careless behind, the Manchester United forward cut in before a shot that sank past Ward’s feet.

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