Wales’ devastation at being eliminated from the competition after a painfully dismal World Cup campaign was ensured by Marcus Rashford, who led England to the victory necessary to win Group B.
Wales had two options: defeat England and hope Iran and the United States drew, or attempt the more improbable strategy of building a four-goal lead at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
Both scenarios were never given any consideration thanks to England, who now play Senegal in the round of 16, as they dominated the whole game and assumed full control after an uneventful opening 45 minutes.
Wales manager Rob Page made the audacious choice to replace Gareth Bale at halftime despite the great talisman having only seven touches in a quiet performance. However, any optimism the shocking tactic would succeed was dashed as England scored twice within six minutes of the restart.
After 50 minutes, Phil Foden was fouled by Ethan Ampadu, and Marcus Rashford was awarded a free kick. After Danny Ward parried the shot, Rashford marked his return to the England team by converting Harry Kane’s cross at the far post.
In the 68th minute, Rashford scored his second goal with a big assist from Wales goalkeeper Ward, who let a hard shot slip through his legs. Wales was outmatched and demoralised by this point because they knew they were leaving Qatar.