FIFA World Cup 2022 witnessed its first red card of the tournament as Iran emerged victorious in their second fixture of Group B match on Friday. Iran lost their first match against England 2-6 but has made a stunning comeback to stay alive in the competition.
The goals were scored by Roozbech Chesmi and Ramin Rezaeian in the stoppage time. Gareth Bale’s Wales was poor throughout the match. They, however, survived for 90 minutes but in the stoppage time, they conceded two goals.
Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the 86th minute of the game for banging into the Iran striker. With this defeat, Wales slipped to the last spot in their group as they have only one point to show in the two games they have played so far in this World Cup.
Iran’s Carlos Queiroz is delighted with his team’s performance after a 2-6 humiliating loss against the English side.
“We are gutted, there is no other way to say it,” Wales captain told the BBC after the match. “We fought until the last second and we need to go again.” he said.
“We are all gutted but we have to pick ourselves up straight away. It is going to be difficult for us for sure. We will have to see.” Queiroz added.
This is just the beginning: Quieroz
Both teams started the game on a high. Kieffer Moore got the first big chance after 12 minutes when his effort was saved by the Iran goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini.
Just five minutes after this, Ali Gholizadeh struck the ball into the net but it was called offside. Hennessey came into action in the 73rd minute when he made a stunning save to deny Saeid Ezatolahi. However the Wales goalkeeper was sent back on to the bench after a high challenge on Mehdi Taremi with five minutes remaining. He was shown a yellow card but the referee overturned his decision through VAR.
“This is just the beginning, but we need to finish the job,” Iran head coach Quieroz told the BBC. A wonderful day for us. All respect to my players, today showed they love to play football.
“Our players deserve to be supported. We want to play for the fans.”
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