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FIFA World Cup: England roar into last 16 as Marcus Rashford scores twice in 3-0 Wales rout | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Marcus Rashford‘s second-half strikes propelled England to a comprehensive 3-0 win over neighbours Wales, sending them into the World Cup Round of 16. Ending the Welsh hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage, the Three Lions ended as Group B winners with 7 points.
Along with the Rashford double, Phil Foden found the back of the net as England outclassed Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. After a sedate first half, the match came to life when Rashford curled home a free kick from the edge of the area in the 50th minute.
An unmarked Foden footed a Harry Kane’s cross into the net a minute later.
Rashford then inflicted a final blow, finding the net with a shot that went through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Ward in the 68th minute.

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.

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 after Rashford and Foden strikes.
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.
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 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.
(With inputs from agencies)




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