Iran scores two goals in stoppage time to sink Wales down to 10 men and stay alive in FIFA World Cup 2022 | Football news


Iran famously claimed a 2-0 10-man victory over Wales on Friday, as Carlos Queiroz’s men scored two goals deep in extra time to keep their World Cup campaign alive. The Iranian players, who sang the national anthem before kick-off, sent their thousands of supporters frantically to the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium as they celebrated beating a European team at a World Cup for the first time. Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey became the first player to be sent off at the Qatar tournament for clattering against Mehdi Taremi late in the game.

Iran, who had previously hit the woodwork twice, finally broke through a powerful drive from substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi in the 98th minute.

Ramin Rezaeian scored a second on the counterattack three minutes later.

Iran, who would have been eliminated with a defeat, instead climbed to second place in Group B behind England, who beat them 6-2 in their opening game.

Victory for Iran on Tuesday in their politically charged clash with the United States would move them into the knockout stages for the first time.

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“We need the supporters to support us as always,” said striker Taremi.

“Even those who are behind their TV in Iran, we need their positive energy and then we will win the game because we have our dream and want to give that dream a chance.”

Wales tumbled to the bottom of the group and will need to beat neighboring England in their final game next week to have any chance of reaching the last 16 in their first World Cup since 1958.

“We are gutted. There is no other way to put it,” captain Gareth Bale told the TUSEN.

“We fought to 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.

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National Anthem –

The Iranian players chose to sing the national anthem in contrast to their attitude before the game against England, when they fell silent in an apparent gesture of solidarity with anti-government protesters.

Some Iranian fans were in tears during the national anthem.

Wales manager Rob Page opted to start striker Kieffer Moore, whose early volley was parried by Iranian goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini.

Iran thought to take the lead minutes later, but Ali Gholizadeh was clearly offside before tapping in and the goal was disallowed by VAR.

Reluctant play erupted during a frenzied spell shortly after half time as Sardar Azmoun and Gholizadeh both hit the woodwork within seconds.

The rejuvenated Iran suddenly seemed to score every time they went forward and Ethan Ampadu had to make an excellent block to deny Taremi the opening goal.

Wales had Hennessey to thank for keeping level with 17 minutes remaining, as he reached out to tag Saeid Ezatolahi’s low shot around the post.

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The game started in a frenetic last minute as both sides knew they probably needed more than a draw.

Iran got a huge boost in their pursuit of a winner when Hennessey recklessly charged off his target and crashed into Taremi.

Remarkably, Guatemalan referee Mario Escobar initially only received a yellow card for the goalkeeper, but that was rectified after a VAR review and Hennessey was sent off in the 86th minute.

Leicester’s Danny Ward took his place and soon saw Mehdi Torabi’s effort fly past his post.

But an emotional day for Iran and their fans ended in dramatic fashion as Cheshmi hammered home from the edge of the box and Rezaeian ran to beat Ward.

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