Fifa World Cup: Day Five Results and Reaction in Qatar
Iran scored twice in the dying moments of stoppage time to keep their hopes alive to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time with a thrilling final win over a stunned 10-man Wales.
Wales, who had goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey sent off late in the game, looked to have survived the Iranian onslaught in their Group B encounter at Al Rayyan’s Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium before substitute Rouzbeh Cheshmi found the net and Ramin Rezaeian sealed victory with seconds to go.
Iran had come out fighting in the second half and hit the post twice within seconds, with Sardar Azmoun’s shot bouncing back to Ali Gholizadeh, whose successor fired off the post and back to the waiting Azmoun, who tamely punched into goal from keeper Hennessey. hands.
Iran, whose World Cup squad was distracted by a domestic political crisis, got close again in the 72nd minute when Hennessey got a finger on Saeid Ezatolahi’s shot, and turned up the pressure after Hennessey was sent off for dangerous play when he stormed off the field. his area and clattered into the onrushing Mehdi Taremi.
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FT Wales 0-2 Iran
But what a fighting performance from Iran. It would have been humiliating for them to lose so badly to England in their opening game and they needed a top performance.
The first half was a restrained affair, but the Iranians shifted up a gear in the second half. They were the more aggressive side and once Wayne Hennessey was sent off they kept pushing.
Rouzbeh Cheshmi’s strike from distance was a blinder to break the deadlock and the second goal could be vital for qualification after all games are over.
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 12:14 PM
Player Ratings Wales vs Iran as Wayne Hennessey sent onto the pitch in a dramatic World Cup defeat
Wales suffered heartbreak at the World Cup as Iran claimed a last-minute victory in their Group B clash.
Iran scored twice in the closing moments to see Wales close to crashing out of the World Cup group stage.
Ali Gholizadeh had a goal disallowed for offside in an even first half, but it was Iran that dominated after the break. Sardar Azmoun and then Ali Gholizadeh both hit the post within moments, while Wales survived and Wayne Hennessey made a brilliant save from Saeed Ezatolahi.
Wales had to play the closing moments with 10 men after Hennessey was sent off for knocking out Mehdi Taremi outside the box. And it was Rouzbeh Cheshmi who produced the winning moment with a stunning strike from distance that beat Danny Ward, before Ramin Rezaeian scored a second in the breakaway.
Here are how the Wales players rated:
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 12:12 PM
Stand Group B
All is not lost for Wales, but their task just got a whole lot harder. As it stands, England are still top of Group B with three points and +4 difference.
Iran is now second after this win with the US third and Wales fourth. Both bottom two teams have one point each, but USA will face England later in the evening.
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 12:09 PM
Full-time: Wales 0-2 Iran
90+12 min: There’s barely time left to restart the match before the full-time whistle blows. Wales have been rocked by two late goals after sending off Wayne Hennessey.
They could not keep Iran at bay and were defeated in Qatar. Wales are not out of the tournament yet, but they need a miraculous victory over England to progress to the knockout rounds.
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 12:06 PM
GOAL! Wales 0-2 Iran (Rezaeian, 90+11′)⚽️
90+11 minutes: One more! Iran burst forward on the counterattack as Wales threw men forward. They create an overload and slide the ball to Ramin Rezaeian in the penalty area.
He pulls out Danny Ward and then throws one over the goalkeeper to secure the points!
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 12:03 PM
GOAL! Wales 0-1 Iran (Cheshmi, 90+8′)⚽️
90+8 minutes: Heartbreaking for Wales!
Alireza Jahanbakhsh gets the ball on the left wing and rolls into the penalty area. He draws it back to Joe Allen whose approval sucks. He knocks the ball to Rouzbeh Cheshmi who rolls the ball onto his right foot and drills it into the bottom right corner!
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 11:59 AM
Wales 0-0 Iran
90 + 6 minutes: Despite having 10 men, Wales are still trying. Dan James comes down the left wing and cuts the ball back into the penalty area. He fails to find a teammate, but a kick-off shot from the edge of the box sees the ball bobbing towards Brennan Johnson.
Johnson shifts it to the right but his control is lacking and the ball comes loose with Hosseini who catches it. Three minutes to go.
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 11:58 am
Wales 0-0 Iran
90+3 min: Joe Allen intercepts a cross and Wales’ clearance comes onto the field to Kieffer Moore. He holds it up brilliantly and wins a free kick.
The set piece is worked to the other side of the field and on a knockdown the ball bounces to Moore in the penalty area. He tries to control the ball, but his first touch is bad and Hossein Hosseini smothers the ball.
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 11:52 am
Wales 0-0 Iran
90 min: Nine minutes of extra time! Wales clings here.
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 11:51 am
Wales 0-0 Iran
88 min: Substitute goalkeeper Danny Ward replaces Aaron Ramsey for Wales. They are definitely behind now and need to see the game down to 10 men.
Ansarifard blocked a shot as Wales throws everyone behind the ball. It comes across to Mehdi Torabi who curls a shot inches off the right post!
Michael JonesNov 25, 2022 11:50 am