Iran punished Wales in stoppage time
Iran ignored the distractions that have dogged the team since they landed in Qatar their World Cup campaign is on and going how they came together beat unbeaten Wales 0-2 gives himself away on Friday a chance to get to the knockout stage.
Iran were beaten 6-2 England In the Group B match, however, these two goals against the leaders gave them the confidence to compete with the European sides as they arrived at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium with a point to prove. The Asian team has never made it past the group stage in five previous World Cups but Carlos Queiroz’s men will now fancy their chances after an impressive performance to punish a Welsh side who were reduced to 10 men late in the second half.
Leading forwards Sardar Azmun and Mehdi Taremi Both ply their trade in Europe and Queiroz, who opted for just one striker against England, paired them up front to keep the Welsh defense in the back and on their toes throughout the game. Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand missed the match after suffering concussion and a broken nose against England and being substituted Seyed Hossein Hosseini was very ready for the task before Wales despite scoring six goals.
The starting saw is tight Iran take advantage of gaps in Wales’ midfield which had a numerical advantage but lacked discipline and was easily overrun when both Aaron Ramsey and Ethan Ampadu poured forward. Iran fired their first warning shot when they put the ball into the net before the run of play in the first half when they pounced on a weak pass. dismissed aside.
After a goalless first half, just minutes into the second half, Iran came alive as Azmoun and Ali Gholizadeh hit the woodwork within seconds of each other and Saeid Ezatolahi also passed the test. This sowed panic in the Welsh side, who were clearly tiring in the heat, and it set in when goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey leapt out of his own goal to head home Taremi, because he got a red card for trouble. The send off opened the game Iran who pushed forward with renewed vigor and with nine minutes added to stoppage time beat Wales a deadly one-two punch leaving the Welsh fans in the stands in tears.
Roozbeh Cheshmi opened the scoring with a superb long-range shot that had the reserve keeper Danny Ward shaking before Ramin Rezaeian doubled their lead with a neat chip on the next counter-attack where they outplayed their Welsh counterparts.