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World Cup 2022: Wales against Iran in the live ticker

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Iran redeemed themselves on Friday after a resounding defeat by England thanks to two late goals. Coach Carlos Queiroz’s team beat Wales 2-0 (0-0) in Al Rayyan. The two goals by Rouzbeh Cheshmi (98′) and Ramin Rezaeian (101′) came in added time. With that, Iran has three points after two rounds and has a good chance of reaching the knockout phase for the first time in the last group game against the USA.

In the first half of the game, the two teams offered an extremely manageable level. Shortly after the restart, Iran failed twice at the post (52nd). During the second half of the game, Iran was closer to the winning goal, but the success thanks to the two goals was okay in the end.

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Wales goalie Wayne Hennessey saw the first red card of the World Cup after a tough challenge. Gareth Bale, who became the country’s all-time record player after making 110 appearances for Wales, was ineffective throughout the game. Wales are still waiting for their first World Cup success in 64 years.

Soft hymn singing

Wales boss Rob Page made just one change from the first group game. Striker Kieffer Moore started up front alongside Bale. Iran made five changes to their starting XI. Seyed Hossein Hosseini, who had replaced regular number one Alireza Beiranvand in the opening game in the 20th minute through injury, started in goal. In attack, coach Carlos Queiroz relied on Leverkusen’s Sardar Azmoun alongside Mehdi Taremi.

Before the game, all eyes were on the Iranian players. Before the England game, the actors did not sing along with the anthem out of solidarity with the protesters at home. This time all eleven players moved their lips relatively motionless and without much passion.

Big cheers from Iran’s team after the lead:

The early stages of the game belonged to Wales. In the third minute, the “dragons” in the person of Neco Williams approached the goal of the Iranians for the first time, but the shot went over the goal. Moore missed the Welsh team’s best chance in the first half when he failed artistically at goalman Hosseini after a cross from Connor Roberts (12′). A little later the ball wriggled in the net for the first time after a mistake in the Welsh build-up game. Iran’s Ali Gholizadeh’s goal was ruled out for being offside after studying the video (16′).

Iran with more train to goal

As a result, the intensity of the game decreased. The Welsh tried to build up the game in a structured way, but failed to produce any more dangerous moves. Iran had their best moments from a set piece and in transition play. Asset Azmoun headed wide of the goal (23′) and missed a well-timed cross just inches before the break (45+2′).

In the second half, Iran immediately made an exclamation point. At first, Azmoun hit the right post alone in front of goalie Hennessey, a few seconds later Ali Gholizadeh shot from around 20 meters, this time his shot hit the left post (52′). Iran increasingly took control as the second half progressed, strangling Wales at times. However, it only got really tricky again in the 73rd minute when Hennessey was able to steer a well-placed shot by Saeid Ezatolahi off the post.

Shortly after Ben Davies failed with a long-range shot (83′), Hennessey striker Taremi cleared the ball on the other end. After studying the video, referee Mario Escobar, who had initially shown the goalie yellow, dismissed the Welsh goalkeeper (86th) – the first sending off of the World Cup.

In injury time, Iran still secured the deserved victory. After an unsuccessful attempt by Joe Allen to clear the ball, Cheshmi hit the bottom right corner with a long-range shot (98′). A little later, Rezaeian completed a counterattack to make it 2-0 (101st). “This is just the beginning,” said Iran team boss Queiroz, who was cheered by his players after the final whistle. On the other side, superstar Gareth Bale said: “Football can be so cruel sometimes.”

Source: Nachrichten

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