England fan goes berserk at Iran penalty as goal helps punter land huge bet

An England fan went berserk after scooping a huge bet in the dying stages of the Three Lions' 6-2 World Cup win over Iran.

The fan predicted the whopping scoreline ahead of the game, and was set to miss out on £2,500 as England led Iran 6-1 in the last minute of a lengthy stoppage time period. But the fan's hope was restored when Iran were awarded a penalty in the tenth minute of stoppage time after John Stones ostensibly tugged the shirt of Iran star Mehdi Taremi.

It was a nail-biting wait for the young fan who nervously looked on along with his pals in the pub as Taremi lined up to take the controversial spot-kick. One of the group summed up the mood, yelling: "Oh my god! What is going on?! Two and a half grand on the line! No way!"

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But the group erupted with joy as Taremi slotted home from 12 yards out to earn the supporter a few extra thousand quid. Chaotic scenes ensued as the jubilant fan was covered on the ground by his frenetic friends who piled on top of him before hoisting him into the air to celebrate his windfall, but the lucky victor didn't mind as he basked in his glory.

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But Taremi's strike, his second of the game, would've been irrelevant if the Three Lions didn't hit six past Iran beforehand. The bulk of the youngster's gratitude goes to England's scorers in the match.

Jude Bellingham got the goal fest going, before Bukayo Saka doubled England's lead with a stunning volley, and Raheem Sterling then made it 3-0 going into half-time. A buoyant Saka bagged his second after an hour, followed by goals from substitutes Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish, who rounded off the rout.

The convincing win for Gareth Southgate's troops was the perfect preparation for the nation's next game against the USA on Friday.

The Americans weren't able to reach the same heights as England in their World Cup opener, and were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales, courtesy of a late penalty scored by none other than Gareth Bale.


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