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FIFA WC PIX: Rashford brace sends England into last 16

Last updated on: November 30, 2022 07:49 IST
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IMAGES from the FIFA World Cup Group B match played between Wales and England on Tuesday.

England's Marcus Rashford of England celebrates after scoring the opening goal

IMAGE: England's Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha on Tuesday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England marched into the last 16 of the World Cup as Group B winners after Marcus Rashford's double and a Phil Foden strike justified their first starts of the tournament in a 3-0 hammering of an outclassed Wales on Tuesday.

 

Wales, who needed an unlikely four-goal victory in a fixture they had not won since 1984 to reach the knockout rounds, defended deeply and frustrated England in a subdued first half at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

But they caved in after the break as Gareth Southgate's side, who will face Senegal in the next round, took their goals tally in the group to nine.

England's Phil Foden celebrates after scoring their team's second goal 

IMAGE: England's Phil Foden celebrates after scoring their team's second goal. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Wales could have reached the last 16 with a victory if the match between Iran and the United States ended level but any hope of that scenario unfolding evaporated rapidly once Rashford smashed home a free kick five minutes after the break.

A minute later Manchester City's Foden, another of the four changes Southgate made to his starting lineup, converted from close range after a fine low cross from Harry Kane.

England's Marcus Rashford shoots at goal

IMAGE: England's Marcus Rashford shoots at goal. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Wales, whose talisman Gareth Bale was substituted at halftime having made no impact, looked crestfallen as their first World Cup for 64 years fizzled out.

England continued to dish out the punishment though and Rashford made it 3-0 with a surging run in from the right before shooting through a crowd and past Ward legs in the 68th.

Manchester United's Rashford, whose place in the squad was uncertain a few months ago after he struggled with form and injuries, now has three goals in the tournament.

England's Jordan Pickford dives for the ball to put in a save 

IMAGE: England's Jordan Pickford dives for the ball to put in a save. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

England's 0-0 draw with the United States had brought them back down to earth after an opening 6-2 rout of Iran.

But they will go into their last-16 clash with Group A runners-up Senegal full of confidence.

For Wales, their return to the World Cup stage has been all too brief for the fans who were given little to cheer in their three matches as they finished bottom with a solitary point.

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