Wales – 2 Iran

Ten-gentleman Wales endured Environment Cup heartbreak as two ambitions deep in next-half stoppage time sealed a 2- victory for Iran to depart their knockout hopes hanging by a thread.

Roozbeh Cheshmi’s spectacular goal in the eighth moment of included time broke Wales’ resistance after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey experienced been shown a straight red card for racing off his line and fouling Mehdi Taremi in the 84th moment.

Iran then added their next with basically the very last kick of the sport when Ramin Rezaeian finished off yet another quick counter-attack with a neat end in excess of substitute goalkeeper Danny Ward.

Wales had been searching for a victory in buy to enhance their hopes of achieving the knockout levels obtaining occur from at the rear of to attract 1-1 with United states in their opening sport, but they struggled to crack Iran down, with Gareth Bale, turning into their most-capped participant on his 110th look, not able to encourage any a lot more heroics.

The final result suggests Rob Page’s side will want to beat England in their closing Team B activity to have any hope of reaching the previous 16, whilst Iran, considerably-improved from their 6-2 reduction to Gareth Southgate’s facet, have renewed hope of reaching the feat for the initially time.

How Iran broke Welsh hearts

Considerably of the target was on off-industry matters ahead of kick-off, with lovers encountering additional ticketing difficulties as they attempted to enter the stadium and Iran’s countrywide anthem met with loud jeers inside the ground.

Carlos Queiroz’s players had refused to sing the anthem forward of their recreation in opposition to England as an act of solidarity with all those protesting for women’s legal rights in the region, but on this event they did, even as those people in the stands voiced their anger.

When the action acquired beneath way, it rapidly turned clear that Iran would be a considerably trickier opponent for Wales than they were for England, with the inclusion of star striker Sardar Azmoun, thoroughly healthy yet again next an damage, a person of 6 improvements to the group.

Kieffer Moore and Majid Hosseini contend for a header

It was Wales, though, who created the 1st probability when Kieffer Moore, commencing in area of Dan James just after his recreation-switching visual appeal from the bench from United states, poked a close-variety shot straight at Hossein Hosseini from Conner Roberts’ cross.

Inside of minutes, Iran experienced the ball in the web at the other finish, Ali Gholizadeh slotting house from Azmoun’s move, only for VAR to intervene and the right way rule the target out for offside.

That likelihood arrived from Welsh sloppiness in possession and it proved a theme of their effectiveness, Page’s side lacking the guile and composure to really difficulty their stubborn opponents.

A tense recreation exploded into lifetime quickly soon after the split, with Azmoun slamming a shot from the put up having obtained in behind the Welsh defence, then heading far too near to Hennessey following Gholizadeh’s follow-up energy from distance experienced arrive back again off the other upright.

Wayne Hennessey is shown a red card for his challenge on Mehdi Taremi (R)
Wayne Hennessey is proven a crimson card for his challenge on Mehdi Taremi

Page attempted to give Wales refreshing impetus with a raft of substitutions, like the introduction of the healthy-once more Joe Allen, but Iran ongoing to seem a lot more probable, with Saeid Ezatolahi forcing a sprawling help save from Hennessey with a extended-assortment work.

Ben Davies went near with a single of number of Wales likelihood quickly after that, his powerful energy from Moore’s lay-off tipped over by Hosseini, but Hennessey’s pink card came just seconds later.

The 35-year-old was initially only proven a yellow card, but the booking was rightly upgraded to a purple following a VAR verify, the person gain making it possible for Iran to ramp up the stress in the closing stages.

It appeared like Wales would keep out for a stage, but substitute Cheshmi’s sensational strike, fired into the base corner from 25 yards out, broke their hearts before Rezaeian’s next rubbed salt into their wounds.

Their hopes of reaching the previous 16 are not above, but a last team activity towards England, a fixture they must now acquire, appears to be like a challenging problem for a aspect still left in fourth position in Group B.

Bale: We’re gutted but we will have to get well

Wayne Hennessey is consoled by Gareth Bale after being sent off
Wayne Hennessey is consoled by Gareth Bale following remaining sent off

Wales captain Gareth Bale said on BBC: “It is really gutting, we’re gutted. There’s no other way to say it.

“We fought until the previous 2nd but it can be a person of these factors, it is difficult to get, but we have to recuperate and go all over again.

“We have to select ourselves up straight absent. It truly is likely to be hard, but we have just one game left in the group and have to glimpse at every beneficial and even now try out to enjoy the situation.

On Wayne Hennessey’s purple card, he added: “I haven’t viewed it so I don’t know (if it was a red) but the red card changes the sport absolutely. Certainly, we let the initially a single in and the next target won’t issue.

“We recuperate and he have to go once again.”

What does the final result suggest?

The defeat leaves Wales bottom of Group B with 1 place from two games, meaning they should beat England in their last sport on Tuesday at 7pm to have any hope of progressing to the last 16.

Iran shift to a few details, putting them in a strong placement to arrive at the knockout phases forward of their last group game from Usa, also at 7pm on Tuesday.

Player of the match – Ramin Rezaeian

The correct-back was an unused substitute in Iran’s 6-2 thrashing by England but he is absolutely sure to keep his place in the workforce now.

Rezaeian was an energetic existence throughout, serving to to preserve Gareth Bale quiet and getting his possibility brilliantly for Iran’s second intention.

Wales’ winless streak – Opta stats

  • Wales (D2 L5) have now absent seven games without having a victory in all competitions for the first time considering the fact that May well 2003.
  • Iran have scored four ambitions by now at the 2022 Planet Cup, twice as quite a few targets as they managed in any former edition of the level of competition.
  • Wales conceded much more than one intention in a Environment Cup match for the first time at any time.
  • Wales’ Wayne Hennessey was just the third goalkeeper to be sent off at the Planet Cup, immediately after Gianluca Pagliuca for Italy from Norway in 1994 and Itumeleng Khune for South Africa versus Uruguay in 2010.
  • Roozbeh Cheshmi’s opener for Iran, on 97 minutes 56 seconds, was the most current successful purpose ever scored at the Globe Cup, excluding excess-time, given that correct goal instances are out there for the opposition (given that 1966).
  • Gareth Bale manufactured his 110th senior appearance for Wales, turn into the outright most capped player for his country, surpassing Chris Gunter (109).