By Phil McNultyChief soccer writer at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha
Last up to date on 29 November 202229 November 2022From. the part World. Cup
Marcus. Rashford motivated England to the victory required to best Group B and determine it was despair for Wales as they went out of the event after a bitterly disappointing World Cup campaign.
Wales needed to both beat England and hope Iran and USA ended in a draw or pursue the more unlikely end result of working up a four-goal victory margin at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
England,. who now face Senegal in the last sixteen on Sunday (19:00 GMT), ensured neither state of affairs was ever a severe consideration as they dominated all through and took full manage after an uneventful first 45 minutes.
Wales supervisor Rob Page was pressured to replace Gareth Bale at half-time because of an injury, though the great talisman had solely had seven touches in an nameless display
And. any hope of Wales qualifying for the last sixteen was wiped out as England scored twice inside six minutes of the restart.
Rashford. fired a free-kick previous Danny Ward following Ethan Ampadu’s foul on Phil Foden after 50 minutes, with the Manchester City midfielder then marking his return to England’s staff moments later by turning in Harry Kane’s cross at the far publish.
Wales. were demoralised and outclassed as they knew they were on the manner dwelling from Qatar and Rashford added his second in the 68th minute, with a huge slice of help from Wales keeper Ward, in for suspended Wayne Hennessey after his red card against Iran, who allowed a fierce shot to slip via his legs
England. best Group B with seven points, two points forward of the United States who set up a last-16 meeting with the Netherlands by beating Iran 1-0 in their grudge match, while Wales finished bottom of the desk with a point
England. make smooth progress
It. took England time and a desperately boring first half before they clicked into best gear however once they did they were then capable to overrun Wales, who ended this World Cup in timid trend.
And. Rashford continued to make a huge impression at this World Cup, with his double the following coming after scoring with virtually his first contact in the 6-2 romp against Iran in England’s opening video game.
He. missed a good likelihood in the first half when he was performed though by Kane however his free-kick was emphatic and the second a reward for his willingness to drive into the Wales defence at pace. He almost had a hat-trick solely for Ward to block his shot at the close to post
Rashford. must now be underneath severe consideration for a commencing place when England face the powerful scan of Senegal as the knockout part will get underneath manner.
Manager. Gareth Southgate made 4 alterations to his staff that done so poorly against USA, Rashford, Foden, Jordan Henderson and fit-again Kyle Walker coming in for Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount and Kieran Trippier.
It. not solely helped England run out easy winners however gave squad members beneficial video game time, especially Walker, who is such an critical half of Southgate’s plans however missed the end of the Premier League to undergo groin surgery.
England. and Southgate have achieved their first precedence of qualifying for the last sixteen while topping their group, two strong wins against Iran and Wales coming both side of that dismal USA displaying.
It represents a job satisfactorily carried out by England – now they must take the subsequent step against the risky African champions.
Wales slip quietly out of Qatar
Wales. arrived in Qatar with real pride after qualifying for their first World Cup since 1958 however they must reflect on a poor campaign after England confirmed the formality of their elimination.
Page’s. side have constantly relied seriously on the inspiration provided by Bale and Aaron Ramsey however the two great figures of this fantastic period for Welsh soccer discovered this World Cup a step too far, with those around them purely not of the quality to make up for that deficit.
Bale’s. solely meaningful contribution was the penalty that earned a draw against USA in their opening video game however he contributed nothing in the damaging loss to Iran and was little more than a passenger in his 45 minutes against England.
Ramsey. was no greater and while the duo’s magnificent contribution to Wales can never be under-estimated the brutal fact is that their lack of match sharpness left them unable to exert their ordinary affect on games
Now. the query is whether they will carry on with their international careers – or whether their country moves on without them.
It. had the really feel of the end of an period for Wales the following on Tuesday. It is an period that has introduced much joy, and was appreciated by their outstanding assist after the last whistle, however this was a determined anti-climax after reaching their first World Cup for 64 years.
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