Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Rashford and Foden send England through to the World Cup Round of 16 with a 3-0 win over Wales

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Wales are eliminated from the World Cup after bottoming out in Group B, but England meet Senegal in the knockout stages

Wales 0-3 England (Rashford 50′ 68′, Foden 51′)

England reached the Qatar 2022 round of 16 as group winners after beating Wales 3-0, eliminated at the World Cup.

It started with Phil Foden looking on, but it was a rejuvenated Marcus Rashford who broke Wales’ resistance with a brace, with the Manchester City striker also getting involved.

Under pressure for Gareth Southgate to change his attacking line, the Three Lions boss made four changes, all of which were confirmed – even if it meant leaving Bukayo Saka, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount on the bench.

Rashford opened the scoring with a perfectly executed free-kick – although Alan Shearer also blamed Danny Ward – and it was just the reward for carving out two of England’s best chances early on when he caught a through ball from Harry Kane, but was thwarted by Ward and later opted for a daring overhead kick.

Foden doubled England’s lead from close range after a Kane cross from the right before Rashford slashed inside and completed a superb team goal after Kalvin Phillips scored a ball over the top for England’s 100th goal at a World Cup.

Wales’ relationship with the tournament was shorter and their misery was compounded when they lost Neco Williams to concussion in the first half.

This was almost certainly a final appearance on the biggest stage for Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

The Red Wall’s first excitement that night came from another veteran when Joe Allen sliced ​​into it but couldn’t save his shot – another reminder that this tournament has just rushed in for a changing of the guard that Robert Page is now reluctantly obliged to oversee.

Ahead of the group stage finals, Wales had held a minute’s silence in memory of Gary Speed, the man so many credit with the trip back to Wales and a first World Cup since 1958. Speed’s legacy will undoubtedly be making sure they don’t have to wait another six decades for their next.

England play Senegal in the round of 16 on Sunday 4 December.

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