It’s almost as if England and Iran had played the equivalent of an extension on Monday for their entry into the running in the World Cup. In total, their meeting lasted just over 117 minutes. And the lead taken by the English (3-0 at the break then 6-2 at the end of the game) did not cool the refereeing corps at the idea of granting additional additional time.
The team led by Brazilian Raphael Claus decided to grant 14 extra minutes at the end of the first period. A decision motivated by the head injury of Alireza Beiranvand (8th). The Iranian goalkeeper remained on the ground for eight minutes after being the victim of a violent collision with his teammate Majid Hosseini. He tried to play again, in vain, before finally being replaced two minutes after his return to the meadow (19th).
The gap between this interruption and the 14 minutes designated by the display panel was already surprising. Raphael Claus and his counterparts opted to add ten more late in the game as the second half went off without a major hitch and with little stoppage time. Those ten minutes stretched even further when the referee had to consult the Var in the 110th minute to designate the penalty spot and allow Mehdi Taremi to afford a double.
Mehdi Taremi scored the latest World Cup goal
With 117 minutes and 16 seconds played, the opposition between England and Iran became the longest, excluding extra time, in the World Cup since Opta analyzed the competition in 1966. But the absolute record is not not fell. It dates from 2019 and a first round of the English League Cup between Burton Albion and Bournemouth. The Third Division side had dismissed the Cherries after 28 minutes of added time caused by three power failures.
Another record was set on Monday by Iran and Mehdi Taremi. Excluding extra time, the goal scored by the Porto striker in the 113th minute is the latest in the history of a World Cup. And, including extra time, only 18 goals have been scored after the 113th minute since the first World Cup in 1930.