Iran scores two injury time goals to sink 10-man Wales to stay alive at FIFA World Cup 2022
Iran claimed a famous 2-0 victory over 10-man Wales on Friday as Carlos Queiroz’s men scored two goals in extra time to keep their World Cup campaign alive. Iran’s players, who sang the national anthem before kick-off, sent thousands of their supporters into the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium as they beat a European team at the World Cup for the first time. Qatar became the first player to be sent off from the tournament after Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey collided with Mehdi Taremi late in the game.
Iran, who had earlier hit the woodwork twice, finally broke the deadlock in the 98th minute through substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi’s powerful drive.
Ramin Razian slotted in a second on the counter-attack three minutes later.
Iran, which would have finished with a loss, instead finished second in Group B behind England, who beat them 6–2 in their opening game.
A win for Iran on Tuesday would take them into the knockout stage for the first time in their political tussle with the United States.
“We need supporters as always,” said striker Taremi.
“Even those who are behind their TVs in Iran, we need their positive energy and then we will win the game because we have a dream and we want to give that dream a chance.”
Wales finished bottom of the group and must beat neighbors England in their final match next week to have any chance of reaching the last 16 in their first World Cup since 1958.
Captain Gareth Bale told the BBC, “We are disappointed. There is no other way to put it.”
“We fought until the last second. It’s one of those things. It’s hard to take but we have to recover and go again.”
The Americans will take on England later on Friday.
,National Anthem –
Iran’s players chose to sing the national anthem ahead of the game against England, in contrast to their stance when they remained silent in an apparent sign of solidarity with anti-government protesters.
Some Iranian fans were in tears during the national anthem.
Wales manager Rob Page elected to start striker Kiefer Moore, whose initial volley was blocked by Iran goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini.
Iran thought they had taken the lead minutes later, but Ali Gholizadeh was clearly offside before he tapped in and the goal was disallowed by VAR.
A freak game burst into life shortly after half-time when Sardar Azmoun and Gholizadeh both hit the woodwork within seconds.
A rejuvenated Iran suddenly looked like scoring every time they went forward and Ethan Ampadu had to make an excellent block to deny Taremi the opening goal.
Wales thanked Hennessy for being on level terms with 17 minutes remaining, as he rose to tip Saeed Ezatolahi’s low shot around the post.
The game opened up to a frantic final minutes as both sides knew they needed more than a draw.
Iran received a huge boost in their push for a winner when Hennessey recklessly attempted to drive off his target and crashed into Taremi.
Remarkably, Guatemalan referee Mario Escobar initially only booked the goalkeeper, but this was overturned after a VAR review and Hennessy was sent off in the 86th minute.
Leicester’s Danny Ward replaced him and soon saw Mehdi Torabi’s effort fly past his post.
But an emotional day for Iran and their fans ended in dramatic fashion when Cheshmi fired home from the edge of the box and Razian raced clear to chip in on Ward.
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