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Iran Goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand Suffers Bloody Nose, Possible Concussion Against England

Stephen Douglas
England v IR Iran: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
England v IR Iran: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
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Iran and England kicked off the second day of the World Cup on Monday. The game came to a halt after just a few minutes as Iran's goalie Alireza Beiranvand lunged for a ball in the box and crashed into a teammate. Beiranvand's face smashed into Majid Hosseini and both players went down. Beiranvand's nose immediately started to bleed and he remained on the ground for a few minutes before getting a new shirt.

Not long after the match continued Beiranvand went back to the ground and decided to wait for the stretcher. FIFA rules say that if a player leaves because of a head injury it doesn't count against their three substitutions. So in addition to what is likely a broken nose, Beiranvand will now be evaluated for a concussion.

Ali Beiranvand
England v IR Iran: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

The only real question is why he was allowed to continue in the first place.

UPDATE: For a better idea of how long this took, there were 14 minutes of added time.

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