England’s rollercoaster first half with Iran gets a huge 14 MINUTES of injury time due to a VAR delay, a sickening injury and three goals… with World Cup games already expected to run close to 100 minutes
- England’s World Cup opener with Iran saw 14 minutes added time in the first half
- It came after a VAR delay and a sickening blow to Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand
- Beiranvand was involved in a nasty clash and received lengthy treatment
- He attempted to play on before going down again and being forced off
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England’s World Cup opener with Iran saw an astonishing 14 minutes of stoppage time added on at the end of the first half.
England raced into a three-goal lead in a supreme first half display thanks to young starlets Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka, before Raheem Sterling added a third.
However, the referee added on 14 minutes of added time, after Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand spent a lengthy period of play down on the floor, while there was also a VAR delay early on.
England’s World Cup game with Iran saw an astonishing 14 minutes of first half stoppage time
Alireza Beiranvand spent a lengthy period of play down on the floor,contributing to added time
The Iran stopper had a nasty clash of heads with defender Majid Hosseini early on in the game
The clash drew blood from Beiranvand, who was bizarrely allowed to play on despite bleeding
England thought they had a penalty early on when Harry Maguire appeared to be dragged down by Iranian defender Roozbeh Cheshmi, but nothing was given, despite a VAR check.
Iran keeper Beiranvand was then involved in a nasty clash with defender Majid Hosseini after he tipped away a dangerous Harry Kane cross after nine minutes.
He clattered head on head with Hosseini, leading to a bloody nose for the stopper.
Beiranvand undertook several minutes of serious treatment, lasting eight in total, before attempting to play on, much to the disgust of BBC co-commentator Jermaine Jenas, who slammed Iran’s ‘joke’ medical decision for allowing their No 1 to continue.
He tried to play on but collapsed after 30 seconds of play resuming with him unable to play on
Beiranvand was eventually stretchered off and replaced by his deputy, Hossein Hosseini
He attempted to play on, before going down just 30 seconds later and then he was stretchered off and replaced by Hossein Hosseini with concussion.
Jenas had said: ‘It’s out of order, it’s the responsibility of the medical team to make the right decision and get him off. He shouldn’t even be on the pitch now.
‘I think it’s a joke, I really do. It’s really unacceptable, we’ve said our piece on it but it really is.
‘It doesn’t matter that he signalled to Carlos Quieroz. And it’s not sending a nice message to the goalkeeper coming in with his hands on his head like that.
‘His last involvement was to save his team a goal so it was a huge involvement – you can see why Carlos would be disappointed but it was the right call. And it was the right call ten minutes ago.’
There was also further time added on due to a VAR check for a potential England penalty on Harry Maguire
England went three-goals up thanks to Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling
The 14 minutes of added time comes after players had been warned to prepare for more stoppage time at the end of each half in the World Cup, including time to make up for long goal celebrations.
‘Celebrations might last one or one and a half minutes,’ said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA referees committee. ‘It’s easy to lose three, four or five minutes, and this has to be compensated at the end.’
FIFA want to crack down on time-wasting and are also pledging to add time accurately when play stops for VAR interventions, the treatment of injuries, substitutions, penalties and red cards. It will lead to games regularly lasting more than 100 minutes.
We want to avoid matches lasting for 40-45 minutes of active play,’ said Collina. ‘This is unacceptable.’
England went into half-time 3-0 up after a dominant and impressive half.
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