World Cup data dive: England hammer Iran as records tumble for Southgate and Three Lions

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If the first game of the World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador offered little to inspire, the second made amends as England ran rampant against Iran.

Just 11 shots were attempted in Ecuador's 2-0 win over Qatar on Sunday – a low since the 1966 World Cup when such records began – but England somewhat atoned by smashing six past Iran in Doha.

Gareth Southgate became England's most successful manager in major tournaments after a dominant win before Group B opponents Wales fought back against United States later on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Netherlands left it late but overcame Senegal in Group A as 71-year-old head coach Louis van Gaal got his Oranje campaign off to a winning start.

Here, Stats Perform unpacks the pick of the data from the day's games in the Middle East.

England 6-2 Iran: Young Lions roar in landmark Southgate win

England's youthful stars shone as the Three Lions recorded their biggest victory in the opening game of a major tournament with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium.

The victory marked just the second time England have scored six-plus goals at a major tournament, where Southgate now has the most wins (nine) of any Three Lions manager – surpassing Alf Ramsey (eight).

Jude Bellingham, aged 19 years and 145 days, became England's second-youngest World Cup scorer with the opener – his first international goal – before Bukayo Saka volleyed in the second.

That marked the first time two players aged 21 or under have both scored in a single World Cup game for England, before Raheem Sterling netted his first goal in his 10th appearance in FIFA's top tournament.

Saka, aged 21 years and 77 days, fired in his second and England's fourth after the interval to become the Three Lions' youngest double scorer in the competition.

Marcus Rashford struck the third-quickest goal by a substitute in World Cup history just 49 seconds after his introduction, proving Iran's first-ever brace in the global tournament from Mehdi Taremi as irrelevant.

Senegal 0-2 Netherlands: Gakpo continues hot streak for Oranje 

Cody Gakpo continued his impressive scoring form for the Netherlands as Van Gaal's side required late drama to defeat Senegal 2-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Netherlands registered a fourth consecutive clean sheet at FIFA's global tournament for the first time in their history, having recorded three shutouts at Brazil 2014 before failing to qualify four years later.

But the Oranje were made to wait until the 84th minute for Gakpo's opener with the Netherlands' first shot on target, the PSV winger netting his fourth goal in as many appearances for his country.

Davy Klaasen made sure of victory with the Netherlands' latest strike at a World Cup, timed at 98 minutes and 17 seconds, as Senegal succumbed to back-to-back defeats in the tournament for the first time.

Van Gaal, the third-oldest World Cup manager in history (71y 105d), will be pleased with the late show against Senegal, who have not kept a clean sheet since their tournament debut against France in 2002.

United States 1-1 Wales: Bale saves Dragons

Gareth Bale became only the fourth Wales player to score at a World Cup as his late penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw against United States on the Dragons' long-awaited return to the tournament.

Wales are appearing at just their second World Cup – and first since 1964 – but were punished by a cool Timothy Weah finish for an underwhelming first-half performance.

The forward – son of 1995 Ballon d'Or winner George, who never featured at the tournament – became the first player to score at a World Cup against Wales since Brazil great Pele in 1958.

Bale duly followed in the footsteps of Wales scorers John Charles, Ivor Allchurch and Terry Medwin, all in 1958, as he struck with eight minutes remaining to earn a well-deserved point.

That left USA winless in their last 10 World Cup games against European nations (D5 L5), though Wales are six without victory in all competitions – their longest streak since a six-loss run between September 2010 and May 2011.