World Cup: Iran hit Wales with a goal in injury time
AL RAYYAN, Qatar – Iran scored twice after eighth minute of stoppage time for an impressive 2-0 win over Wales, the team that breathed new life into their World Cup campaign and left their opponents outclassed and faced the decisive battle. decided against England.
After Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the 87th minute, Iran produced a remarkable final, with Roozbeh Cheshmi headed them ahead before Ramin Rezaeian added another in injury time. 11th hour.
Iran, which had faced disqualification if they lost, was almost unrecognizable from the team that was battered 6-2 by England in their opening match, and they deservedly the winner even after leaving the field very late.
Carlos Queiroz’s side were twice denied by the woodwork in the second half at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium and made the most of the extras after Hennessey was ordered to march after a terrifying header to Mehdi Taremi .
The victory leaves Iran with three points in Group B, two more than Wales, who were held to a 1-1 draw by the United States in their opening match, with England and the United States facing each other later on Friday.
The team will go head to head next Tuesday, when Wales play their old rivals and Iran faces the United States
After a tight first half, the match became lively after the break.
The second half began with the most extraordinary treble miss as Sardar Azmoun came down just to touch the post, Ali Gholizadeh hit the post, and Azmoun headed home Wales goalkeeper Hennessey.
Hennessey again saved Wales in the 70th minute, using his fingertips to block Saeid Ezatolahi’s low shot from long distances over the post, but then he was ordered to march to set up a frenzied final. .
Hennessey dashed out of his area but was cleared by Taremi, as the keeper followed and hit him in the face with his knee.
Initially, the referee pulled out a yellow card, but a trip to the VAR screen quickly followed and a red card was inevitable as a result.
The goals then came unusually late as Cheshmi unleashed a thunderous shot into Wales’ net, before Rezaeian swished the ball past the keeper to finish Rob Page’s side.
BUT RELATED STORY
Register QUESTIONER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer and more than 70 other titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to news, download as early as 4am and share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.