England fans did not know how to feel with the 24 minutes of added time that was added during their opening match of the World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s side got their tournament of to a storming start by dispatching Iran 6-2 in the opening match. It was a game of firsts for the Three Lions as Jude Bellingham netted his first ever England goal, Bukayo Saka netted twice for the first time in an England shirt, and Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, and Marcus Rashford also scored their first ever World Cup goals.
It was close to a perfect performance for Southgate’s side who were a little bit disappointed by Mehdi Taremi’s brace for Carlos Queiroz’s men. However, one of the biggest talking points was the 24 minutes of extra time that were added onto the contest.
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"Someone needs to tell me why there’s 14 mins added time I only just started watching," one confused England fan wrote on social media. "Already feel sick imagining England trying to hold onto a lead in a knockout game and then 10 mins added time gets read out," said another fan, who will be hoping for less time in the knockout stages.
"Don't think I've ever seen 14 minutes of added time before," another added. "Just turned on the England game at 54’, color (SIC) me surprised when I realized that we were not actually in the second half but deep into 14 mins of added time," said one other confused England ace.
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"13 minutes of added time. That never happens. Sheesh," commented another baffled supporter. The referee and his assistants added 14 additional minutes for the first half, before adding an extra 10 for the second half.
Most of the additional time in the opening half was caused by the unfortunate head collision between Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and central defender Majid Hosseini. The Iran shot-stopper was left a bloodied mess by the unfortunate collision that was caused by a tantalising cross from Harry Kane.
He was on the floor for a substantial amount of time before he was eventually substituted for Hoosein Hosseini. In the second half, ten minutes of extra time was ordered to be played, due to the fact Harry Maguire also received a lot of treatment, shortly after Iran’s first goal.
The Manchester United defender was reportedly suffering from double vision and was eventually changed for Eric Dier.
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