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World Cup 2022: England wins against Wales – possibly for the last time


Wild brawls on Tenerife, independence efforts in Wales: The duel against England, which is actually unequal in terms of football, was eagerly awaited. In the end it was a tough kick.

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The game between Wales (Harry Wilson, left) and England (Jordan Henderson) wasn't nice, but it was a competitive game


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Goals, goals, goals, ...:

There has been a lot of talk about goallessness in this tournament.

There have been five goalless games so far, even Fifa justified it.

The game between Wales and England not only produced goals, but also a milestone: Marcus Rashford scored England's 100th World Cup goal with his 3-0 win (68th minute).

Appropriately, Welsh goalkeeper Danny Ward's legs were lined up - he let the ball slip through.

The result:

Rashford had previously scored (50th), Ward had looked bad before.

Phil Foden (52nd) scored the third English goal to make it 3-0 (0-0).

As a result, England won the group ahead of the USA, who won 1-0 (1-0) against Iran.

Read the match reports from Group B here.

»Battle of Britain«:

England versus Wales has a great tradition.

Actually, this duel exists above all in rugby at eye level.

The footballers have also worked their way there for a few years. The Welsh were qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, when they lost in the quarter-finals to a 17-year-old Pelé.

Both national teams faced each other for the 104th time.

The game is happily placed on the socio-political level, the »Battle of Britain«.

The duel of little brother Wales against big, powerful England has become the narrative of a whole movement in Wales.

First half:

And it became a fight, you could also say: cramp.

The number of times Wales spent in the English half in the first half could be counted on one hand.

The team around superstar Gareth Bale put himself in the back, Bale himself acted in the meantime as a central defender of what felt like a back eight.

Accordingly, the English struggled, Rashford failed once at Ward (10th).

The Welsh glimmer of hope was limited to Joe Allen, also known as the Welsh Pirlo, half megalomaniac, who almost shot over it with the half-time whistle from around 20 meters (45 + 5).

More cousins ​​than brothers:

the closeness of the two nations does not exactly lead to great love.

In England people speak of the »cousin on the other side of the Bristol Channel«.

In Wales they are flirting with detachment from the United Kingdom.

The urge for independence goes so far that they would like to compete as Cymru (Welsh for Wales) at the next World Cup.

As your own country, with your own language.

In England, this also raises eyebrows.

For example, when Welsh defender Ben Davies from Tottenham Hotspur from England recently gave an interview in Welsh, criticism (in English) rained down.

Second half:

Jener Davies had a hand in the Welsh defeat.

After the injury-related substitution of the inconspicuous Bale at the break, Cymru went swimming: Rashford first shot a free kick from around 20 meters into the goalkeeper's corner to take the lead (50th).

Then Davies lost the ball to Rashford in the build-up before Foden pushed in after a pass from Harry Kane (51').

A very brief period of danger for the Welsh, limited to the 55th minute, was followed by Rashford's 100th World Cup goal after he had shook Davies out again.

That encourages comparisons with Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton:

Stress on the Canary Islands:

The fact that the two nations are not necessarily on friendly terms was shown by a tackle from behind, with which Aaron Ramsey struck down the Englishman Jordan Henderson.

And showed scenes from the Canary Islands, which are so popular with the British.

A mass brawl broke out between English and Welsh football fans on a party mile in Tenerife on Friday.

More than 2,500 football fans are expected to follow the World Cup there in the winter sun.

Before the direct encounter, the Spanish police announced that they would increase security.

And now?

England finished first in the group stage at a World Cup for the first time since 2006 – ahead of the USA.

Wales are eliminated, as is Iran.

In the round of 16, the »Three Lions (on the shirt«, you're welcome for the catchy tune) meet Senegal.

Argentina or France could wait in the quarterfinals.

Source: spiegel

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