World Cup 2022: Wales 0-2 Iran – Iran’s late double places the Welsh 10 group susceptible to being eradicated

World Cup 2022: Wales 0-2 Iran – Iran’s late double places the Welsh 10 group susceptible to being eradicated

Wales’ first World Cup in 64 years seems to be set to finish on the first hurdle after a painful – however worthy – last-minute defeat to Iran in Qatar.

Substitute Roozbeh Cheshmi scored from 20 yards out within the ninth minute of harm time, earlier than Ramin Rezaeian completed off a counter-attack to seal victory for a resurgent Iran group that had raised hope to succeed in the knockout levels for the primary time of their historical past.

These had been decisive blows to Wales’ profitable prospects, which had virtually vanished when goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was despatched off with 4 minutes of official time remaining, following a video verify by his assistants. referee, for a reckless deal with on Medhi Taremi.

As they did of their opening draw with the USA, Wales received off to a nasty begin and should thank the video assistant referee (VAR) for not permitting Iran’s Ali Gholizadeh to attain for offside.

In one of the tense atmospheres of this World Cup, Iranian gamers sing the nationwide anthem this time – having refused to take action earlier than their opening loss to England to indicate clear help for the anti-government protests of their nation – however their very own followers booed the playing cards. nationwide anthem and a few individuals might be seen crying within the stands.

Cheered by a passionate and virtually fully Iranian crowd, Carlos Queiroz’s aspect had been extraordinarily unfortunate after they failed to attain early within the second half as Sardar Azmoun and Gholizadeh each hit the publish within the house of time. few seconds time.

Wales had been totally weary and, as they ramped up in assault in quest of the late aim they desperately wanted, a protracted move over the road uncovered the protection and Hennessey was racing to knock Taremi down.

Hennessey was initially proven a yellow card, nevertheless it was transformed to a pink card after the referee was suggested to verify the aspect display, with the 35-year-old turning into the third goalkeeper to be despatched off at a match. World Cup.

That determines the destiny of Wales on this sport and almost definitely their hopes of reaching the second spherical.

Whereas Robert Web page’s males had been simply as fragmented as they had been within the sport towards the US, Iran was unrecognizable towards a group that was battered 6-2 by England within the first sport and absolutely deserved this win.

Wales now face the formidable problem of profitable their remaining group stage match on Tuesday towards England, who will meet the USA afterward Friday.

Not unattainable, however based mostly on the efficiency of Group B groups to this point in Qatar, Wales’ first World Cup in 64 years seems to be to be at risk of ending on the earliest.

Wales unhappy for one more sloppy efficiency

Absent from World Cups since 1958, Wales have marked their emotional and long-awaited return to soccer’s biggest stage. 1-1 draw towards USA on the identical stadium on Monday.

They appeared overwhelmed by the magnitude of that chance within the first half as they had been overwhelmed and outplayed by the USA, however improved a lot after the introduction by Kieffer Moore within the first half.

The Bournemouth striker has began this time and, whereas his presence provides depth to Wales’ assault, they nonetheless have a worrying gaping gap in midfield, like the sport towards America.

Iran seen that weak point and pushed the opponent ahead, spooking the Welsh midfielders and defenders, particularly throughout halftime.

Regardless of their vulnerability in midfield, the place Web page was caught with the identical decide, Wales seemed extra harmful after they performed in width, and it was Moore who benefited.

Connor Roberts discovered the 6ft 5in move with an exquisite move from the precise within the thirteenth minute and though Moore stretched throughout to make a volley, it went straight into keeper Hossein Hosseini.

Roberts’ ensuing involvement three minutes later was much less outstanding, as his cross was reduce off close to his penalty space, permitting Sardar Azmoun to kick the ball over Gholizadeh, who hit an empty web. There was no flag at first however after a fast VAR verify the aim was disallowed as a result of offside.

Azmoun headed house the following probability as Wales struggled to manage the sport. Happily for them, with Iran’s energy and approach, they did not create many actual scoring alternatives.

Wales is gradual to alter

Regardless of the apparent issues his group confronted within the first half, Web page made no adjustments within the first half.

Simply as his incapacity to heed the teachings from the sport towards the USA stored Iran underneath strain within the first half, so Web page’s inaction on this event pressured Wales to surrender within the second half.

They had been extraordinarily fortunate to not fall behind 5 minutes after restarting as Iran hit the publish twice within the house of some seconds.

First, Azmoun fired a right-footed shot large of the woodwork and flattening Gholizadeh, whose left-footed reduce missed the publish. Azmoun was the primary to react, however his bounce was stifled by Hennessey.

Wales are a large number in the intervening time, their defence is harassed and there’s no protection towards the gamers in entrance of them.

These difficulties prevented the assault from being linked collectively, making Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey virtually out of date.

Welsh followers are disheartened to see these two greats – the heroes of the previous two European Championships – being diminished to peripheral figures on the event.

Wales nonetheless dashed ahead with a imprecise hope of a late win, however that despair was ruined when Hennessey caught Taremi with a high-boot.

That day belongs to Iran, who missed out late to win the victory they so effectively deserved.

Given an excessive amount of time by Welsh’s weary our bodies, Cheshmi unleashed an excellent end from 20 yards, sending the ball into the underside nook of the aim to gas the frenetic celebrations. It was the forty second World Cup aim, however the first from exterior the field.

Then, with Wales much more uncovered, Rezaeian needed to make a fragile end as Iran rose to victory, understanding that one other sport towards the USA would safe them for the primary time. made it to the second spherical.

Welsh gamers lie within the yard behind Iran’s opener

participant of the match

cheshmiRoozbeh Cheshmi



The making progress 3-5-2

  • firstHennessyPre-order 86 minutes
  • 5mepham
  • 6RodonE-book 45 minutes prematurely
  • 4davies
  • 14RobertsChanged forJohnsonin 57′minute
  • tenramseyChanged forWardin eighty seven’minute
  • 15AmpaduChanged forAllenin 77′minute
  • 8WilsonChanged forJamesin 58′minute
  • 3N Williams
  • 11to sue
  • 13Moore


  • 2Hunter
  • 7Allen
  • 9Johnson
  • twelfthWard
  • 16Morrel
  • 17locksmith
  • 18Williams
  • 19M Harris
  • 20James
  • 21davies
  • 22Thomas
  • 23Levitt
  • 24Cabango
  • 25Colwill
  • 26blacksmith


The making progress 4-4-1-1

  • 24Hosseini
  • 23RezaeianReserve 90 minutes prematurely
  • 19Hosseini
  • 8Pouraliganji
  • 5Mohamadi
  • 17GholizadehChanged forJahanbakhshin 77′minuteReserve 90 minutes prematurely
  • 6EzatolahiChanged forkaimiin 83′minute
  • 21norollahiChanged forcheshmiin 78′minute
  • 3HajisafiChanged forTorabiin 77′minute
  • 9taremi
  • 20AzmounChanged forAnsarifardin 68′minute


  • 2Moharrami
  • 4Khalilzadeh
  • 7Jahanbakhsh
  • tenAnsarifard
  • 11Amiri
  • twelfthNiazmand
  • 13Kanani
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15cheshmi
  • 16Torabi
  • 18kaimi
  • 22Abedzadeh
  • 25Jalali

Mario Escobar


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